Kimberly Goodspeed, M.D.

  • Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Autism
  • Rare genetic developmental disorders in children

Biography

Kimberly Goodspeed, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Neurology, and Psychiatry and a Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is a child neurologist and neurodevelopmental specialist who cares for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability. She has particular expertise in rare genetic developmental disorders in children, including Angelman syndrome, Pitt-Hopkins syndrome, SLC6A1-related disorders, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, and Rett syndrome.

Dr. Goodspeed earned her medical degree at the UT Health Science Center at Houston and completed residencies in pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities at UT Southwestern.

Board certified in pediatrics, neurology, and neurodevelopmental disabilities, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2018.

Among her other roles at UT Southwestern, Dr. Goodspeed serves on the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program Evaluation Committee, the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Clinical Competencies Committee, and the Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Interview Committee.

Her research seeks to better understand rare genetic developmental disorders in children and the genetic causes of developmental delays in children with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability. She partners with basic scientists to help develop novel treatments, such as gene therapy, for these conditions.

Dr. Goodspeed is a member of several professional associations, including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, and the Child Neurology Society. She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for many journals, among them the Journal of Child Neurology, the Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease, and Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.

She is the author or co-author of numerous research articles, case reports, and book chapters, including a recent contribution to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Clinical Considerations.

In 2021, Dr. Goodspeed was rated one of Dallas’ Best Pediatric Specialists by D Magazine.

Education & Training
  • Residency - UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2014-2018), Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • Residency - UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2012-2014), Pediatrics
  • Medical School - UT Health Science Center at Houston (2008-2012)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Neurological Association
  • American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy
  • Child Neurology Society
  • Dallas Pediatric Society
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
Honors & Awards
  • Best Pediatric Specialist 2020-2021, D Magazine
  • Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care 2020, UT Southwestern
  • NeuroNEXT Early Stage Investigator Award 2019, UT Southwestern
  • Swim with the Sharks finalist 2018, UT Southwestern Center for Translational Medicine
  • Research Scholar 2016, American Neurological Association
  • Research Scholar 2016, Rare Disease Clinical Research Network Scholar
  • Pediatric Intern of the Year 2013, UT Southwestern
  • Merck Manual Award 2012, UT Health Science Center at Houston Medical School
  • Medical Student of the Year 2011, Texas Medical Association
Books & Publications
Research
  • Phelan-McDermid syndrome
  • Pitt-Hopkins syndrome
  • Rare genetic developmental disorders in children
  • Rett syndrome
  • SLC6A1-related disorders

Clinical Focus

  • Autism
  • Rare genetic developmental disorders in children
  • Angelman syndrome
  • DDX3X encephalopathy
  • Phelan-McDermid Syndrome
  • Pitt-Hopkins syndrome
  • Rett Syndrome
  • SLC6A1-related disorders

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