Sarah DeBoard Marion joined the Fuller faculty as assistant professor of psychology in 2006, after serving as a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Los Angeles, and then as associate professor of psychology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California.
DeBoard Marion is an advocate for the integration of research and clinical practice and is particularly interested in how personhood is affected by neuropsychological disorders. A specialist in neuropsychology, she has published many articles dealing with the psychological dimensions of brain functioning in typically developing and developmentally disabled children and HIV-positive individuals. Her work has appeared in the American Journal on Mental Retardation, the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, and the Journal of Health Psychology.
DeBoard Marion’s research focuses on understanding the pattern of psychological and neurocognitive deficits associated with various neurological and psychiatric syndromes such as reading disorder, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and epilepsy. Her collaborative research projects with Fuller’s Travis Research Institute include “Neuropsychological and virtual classroom performance in children with learning and attention problems: The effectiveness of working memory training,” “Functional indicators of white matter function, neurocognitive performance, and cognitive training in aging adults,” “Neurocognitive assessment of normative attentional functioning in a virtual environment,” and “Clinical outcomes following hemispherectomy for intractable epilepsy.”
DeBoard Marion teaches courses on human neuropsychology, child neuropsychological assessment, and psychological interventions relevant to an aging population. She has delivered several guest lectures on topics in neuropsychology and child development, and has served on various committees in her field. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching
Neuropsychology, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, neuropsychological issues in HIV infection, aging