Rachel Tangen

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Rachel Tangen, PhD

Assistant Professor

  • Division: Developmental / Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology


Rachel Tangen, PhD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. She is Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Tangen is board certified in clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. Her special interests include neuropsychological assessment of the cognitive and behavioral outcomes of pediatric brain Injury, cochlear implantation in children, genetic disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and spina bifida. She was named to the medical staff of UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in 2006.

Dr. Tangen is a cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a degree in psychology and physiology. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology, specializing in clinical neuropsychology, from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. Before beginning her doctorate program, she served an internship in neuropsychology at the University of Florida Health Science Center, Gainesville, Fla. After completing the program, she served a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Children’s Hospital, New Orleans, La.

Her research interests include hearing impairment in children and its effects on cognitive development, cognitive effects of genetic disorders, cognitive and behavioral effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, cognitive and behavioral outcomes in children with epilepsy, cognitive effects of spina bifida, and cognitive and behavioral effects of pediatric head trauma.
Dr. Tangen currently is a co-investigator on a nationally funded study on urea cycle disorders in children. She also is a co-investigator on several studies of new drugs used to treat urea cycle disorders and phenylketonuria (PKU). She is also a principal investigator for a study of developmental delays in children with hearing loss who are candidates for a cochlear implant and on a study examining the cognitive and behavioral effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

She has presented abstracts about her research at national medical meetings and speaks frequently at local seminars and courses on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, epilepsy and other neuropsychological disorders.

Dr. Tangen is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, National Academy of Neuropsychology, Ohio Psychological Association and the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Research Interests
• Hearing impairment in children and its effects on cognitive development
• Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
• Pediatric epilepsy
• Cognitive effects of genetic disorders
• Spina bifida
• Pediatric head trauma