Bradley L Schlaggar, MD, PhD

Chief of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology; A. Ernest and Jane G. Stein Professor of Developmental Neurology; Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology, and Neurobiology, and Neurologist-in-Chief at St. Louis Children's Hospital



Board Certifications

  • Neurology - Certified
  • Pediatric Neurology - Certified

Research Interests

Dr. Schlaggar is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist who uses neuroimaging and behavioral tools to investigate the development of the brain’s functional network architecture in both typically and atypically developing populations. He is particularly interested in language (reading) and executive control.

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1985   Sigma Xi Scientific Honors Society

1993   Wendel S. Krieg Cortical Scholars Award, the

1994   Irwin Levy Prize in Neurology and Neurosurgery

1997   ASSIST (American Stop Smoking Intervention Study) Community Leadership Award.

1998   Outstanding Fellow Teacher Award at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

2003   Child Neurology Society Young Investigator Award.

2007   Tourette Syndrome Association Humanitarian of the Year Award.

2008   Prensky Award for Outstanding Clinical Instruction by a Pediatric Neurology Attending.

2008   Certificate of Special Recognition for Excellence in Mentoring.  Washington University in St. Louis

2009   Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology by the AAN

2011   Colleen Giblin Award and Lecture, Columbia University

2012  Prensky Award for Outstanding Clinical Instruction by a Pediatric Neurology Attending.

2012   Henry Dunn Memorial Lecture, University of British Columbia

2012   Harry Waisman Memorial Lecture, University of Wisconsin

2013   E. Mead Johnson Award, Society for Pediatric Research

2014   Frank Hatch Award for Enlightened Public Service, John Merck Fund

2014   Bruce O. Berg Lecture, University of California San Francisco

2015   Golden Microphone Award, St. Louis Public Radio

2015   Alpha Omega Alpha Lecture, Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Schlaggar  has been listed annually in the “Best Doctors in America” since 2005 for Child Neurology.

Dr. Schlaggar is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Child Neurology Society, the American Academy of Neurology, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Movement Disorders Society, and the American Academy of Neurology.  He is also a member of the Missouri State Medical Association. He is a co-Founder and Vice President of the Flux Society for Integrative Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Schlaggar directs the Pediatric Movement Disorders Program and sees patients with Tourette syndrome (and other chronic tic disorders), dystonia, chorea, tremor, myoclonus, and other movement disorders. He also has a strong interest in disorders of cognition and language.


  • Siegel JS, Power JD, Dubis JW, Vogel AC, Church JA, Schlaggar BL, Petersen SE. Statistical improvements in functional magnetic resonance imaging analyses produced by censoring high-motion data points. Hum Brain Mapp. 2014 May;35(5):1981-96.
  • Greene DJ, Laumann TO, Dubis JW, Ihnen SK, Neta M, Power JD, Pruett JR Jr, Black KJ, Schlaggar BL. Developmental Changes in the Organization of Functional Connections between the Basal Ganglia and Cerebral Cortex. J Neurosci. 2014 Apr 23;34(17):5842-54.
  • Vogel AC, Petersen SE, Schlaggar BL. The VWFA: it’s not just for words anymore. Front Hum Neurosci. 2014 Mar 20;8:88. eCollection 2014. Review.
  • Power JD, Mitra A, Laumann TO, Snyder AZ, Schlaggar BL, Petersen SE. Methods to detect, characterize, and remove motion artifact in resting state fMRI. Neuroimage. 2014 Jan 1;84:320-41.
  • Sylvester CM, Barch DM, Corbetta M, Power JD, Schlaggar BL, Luby JL. Resting state functional connectivity of the ventral attention network in children with a history of depression or anxiety. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2013 Dec;52(12):1326-1336.e5.
  • Nelson SM, McDermott KB, Wig GS, Schlaggar BL, Petersen SE. The critical roles of localization and physiology for understanding parietal contributions to memory retrieval. Neuroscientist. 2013 Dec;19(6):578-91.
  • Barch DM, Burgess GC, Harms MP, Petersen SE, Schlaggar BL, Corbetta M, Glasser MF, Curtiss S, Dixit S, Feldt C, Nolan D, Bryant E, Hartley T, Footer O, Bjork JM, Poldrack R, Smith S, Johansen-Berg H, Snyder AZ, Van Essen DC; WU-Minn HCP Consortium. Function in the human connectome: task-fMRI and individual differences in behavior. Neuroimage. 2013 Oct 15;80:169-89.
  • Williams AC, McNeely ME, Greene DJ, Church JA, Warren SL, Hartlein JM, Schlaggar BL, Black KJ, Wang L. A pilot study of basal ganglia and thalamus structure by high dimensional mapping in children with Tourette syndrome. F1000Res. 2013 Oct 8;2:207.
  • Vogel AC, Petersen SE, Schlaggar BL. Matching is not naming: a direct comparison of lexical manipulations in explicit and implicit reading tasks. Hum Brain Mapp. 2013 Oct;34(10):2425-38.
  • Power JD, Schlaggar BL, Lessov-Schlaggar CN, Petersen SE. Evidence for hubs in human functional brain networks. Neuron. 2013 Aug 21;79(4):798-813.
  • Schwedt TJ, Schlaggar BL, Mar S, Nolan T, Coalson RS, Nardos B, Benzinger T, Larson-Prior LJ. Atypical resting-state functional connectivity of affective pain regions in chronic migraine. Headache. 2013 May;53(5):737-51.
  • Vogel AC, Church JA, Power JD, Miezin FM, Petersen SE, Schlaggar BL. Functional network architecture of reading-related regions across development. Brain Lang. 2013 May;125(2):231-43.
  • Feczko E, Miezin FM, Constantino JN, Schlaggar BL, Petersen SE, Pruett JR Jr. The hemodynamic response in children with Simplex Autism. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2012 Oct;2(4):396-408.
  • Sylvester CM, Corbetta M, Raichle ME, Rodebaugh TL, Schlaggar BL, Sheline YI, Zorumski CF, Lenze EJ. Functional network dysfunction in anxiety and anxiety disorders. Trends Neurosci. 2012 Sep;35(9):527-35.
  • Church JA, Petersen SE, Schlaggar BL. Comment on “The physiology of developmental changes in BOLD functional imaging signals” by Harris, Reynell, and Attwell. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2012 Apr;2(2):220-2.

Additional Titles

Professor: Neurology 

Professor: Anatomy & Neurobiology 

Professor: Radiology 

Professor: Pediatrics 

Professor: Psychiatry 

About Dr. Schlaggar

Dr. Schlaggar is the Head of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine and Neurologist-in-Chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. 

He is the A. Ernest and Jane G. Stein Professor of Developmental Neurology, in Neurology and a Professor of Neurology, Radiology, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics.

He is board certified in Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Her served as Director of the Pediatric Neurology Residency Training Program from 2006-2013.

Medical Training

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Schlaggar received his Honors ScB magna cum laude in Neural Science from Brown University in 1986, and his MD and PhD degrees from Washington University School of Medicine in 1994.  His graduate work was with Dr. Dennis O’Leary (Salk Institute) on the development and differentiation of the neocortex. He completed residency training in Pediatric Medicine at St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH), and Pediatric Neurology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1999.