Sarika Peters, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences


Sarika Peters, Ph.D.

Contact Info

(615) 322-9410


404C One Magnolia Circle

Overview of Interests

Dr. Peters is a psychologist who studies rare neurodevelopmental disorders. Her key role has been to serve as an important link in the translational research pipeline by delineating the behavioral and neurophysiological phenotypes (often for the first time) of these rare genetic conditions. Her research program focuses on defining the clinical, immune, and stress markers of severity in Rett Syndrome, and a Rett-Related Disorder, MECP2 duplication syndrome. She also uses innovative technology (auditory event-related potentials, wearable devices) and novel assessment methods to track clinical severity, and the developmental of higher level cognitive and language functioning in these disorders.

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  • Angelman Syndrome and Rett Syndrome as Genetic Models of Autism Spectrum Disorder (Nicholas Hobbs Discovery Grant)
  • Markers of Disease Progression in MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome
  • Rare Disease Clinical Research Network