EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, 2:30 PM CST
CHICAGO - Tanjala Gipson, M.D. presented the Rebecca Goldberg Kaufman AES Clinical
Lecture in Ethical Neuropsychiatry during the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy
Society (AES). Dr. Gipson spoke on “Epilepsy and Behavior: What Physicians and Providers
Need to Know” during the Best Practices in Clinical Epilepsy Symposium.
Dr. Gipson is director, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Clinic, Boling Center for Disabilities, and director, TSC-Associated Neuropsychiatric Disorders Clinic at La Bonheur Children's
Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee. Her clinical and research emphasis includes tuberous sclerosis
complex and children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities including autism,
ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, developmental delay, epilepsy-related cognitive and
behavioral concerns, and disruptive behaviors such as aggression and self-injury.
An internationally recognized expert in Tuberous Sclerosis Associated Neurodevelopmental
Disorders (TAND), Dr. Gipson created the first TSC Center of Excellence at Kennedy Krieger
Institute. In her current position, she works collaboratively with Le Bonheur Children’s
Hospital, the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, and the University of Tennessee
Health Sciences Center to further clinical and research efforts for this unique population.
The Rebecca Goldberg Kaufman AES Clinical Award in Ethical Neuropsychiatry honors the
memory of educator Rebecca Goldberg Kaufman, who held knowledge and compassion as
keystone virtues. As a mother of a child with epilepsy, she understood the significant
psychiatric and social ramifications of epilepsy. Supported by the AES Rebecca Goldberg
Kaufman Fund, this lecture promotes clinical neuropsychiatry, the psychiatric aspects of
epilepsy, and/or the use of antiepileptic drugs in the treatment of psychiatric disorders.