Curriculum Vitae

Personal Statement

Few systems are as complex and interconnected as the developing human brain. It should come as no surprise that neurological disorders like epilepsy, migraine, and traumatic brain injury come with psychiatric comorbidities such as depression, anxiety, and attentional deficits — with serious consequences for children's education attainment and adult achievement. In the clinic I treat the whole patient, addressing the presenting neurological complaint and its psychiatric sequelae. In the lab I want to develop neuroimaging biomarkers to understand and advance treatment of neurocognitive disorders. Just as the EEG lead to new drug discovery for epilepsy and CSF biomarkers have lead to an explosion in new Alzheimer's trials, so do we desparately need tools to combat the epidemic of complex childhood neuropsychological disorders.


Institution Location Degree Field of Study Dates
Washington University St. Louis, MO BS Biomedical Engineering 2004-2008
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH MD, PhD Medicine, Neuroscience 2008-2015
Washington University / Children's Hospital St. Louis, MO Residency Child Neurology 2015-2020
Washington University St. Louis, MO NINDS R25 fMRI of TBI & ADHD in Children 2019-2021

Positions & Honors

Date Position
2019-2021 NINDS R25 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Nico Dosenbach & Deanna Barch Labs, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2019 Resident-Teacher Award, Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO
2019 Invited Presenter, Washington University Center for Neurology & Neuroinfectious Diseases, St. Louis, MO
2017- Member, Child Neurology Society
2015-2020 Child Neurology Resident, Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO
2015 Research Elective, Magnetoencephalography, Darren Kadis & Jing Xiang, Communication Sciences Research Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Ohio
2013 Adhoc reviewer, Neuroimage
2013 Adhoc reviewer, Epilepsy and Behavior
2013 Adhoc reviewer, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders
2012 Wiley Young Investigator Award, American Epilepsy Society Conference, San Diego, California
2010-2013 Dissertation Research, Jerzy Szaflarski & Scott Holland, Department of Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati, OH
2009 Research Rotation, Transcranial Ultrasound, Christy Holland, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, OH
2008 Research Rotation, Bioinformatics, Bruce Aronow, Computational Medicine CEnter, Cincinanti Children's Hospital, OH
2008 Research Rotation, Bioelectrical Mechanical Sytems, Chong Ahn, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, OH
2006-2008 Research Assistant, Mitra Lab, Department of Genetics, Washington University in St. Louis, MO
2006-2007 Premedical Internship, Mannikum Moodley, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Cleveland Clinic, OH
2004 AP Scholar
2003 National Merit Scholar


  • Xiang J, Leiken K, Degrauw X, Kay BP, Fujiwara H, Rose DF, Allen JR, Kacperski JE, O'Brien HL, Kabbouche MA, Powers SW, Hershey AD. Spatial Heterogeneity of Cortical Excitability in Migraine Revealed by Multifrequency Neuromagnetic Signals. J Pain. 2016 Jun;17(6):694-706. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2016.02.009.
  • Horowitz-Kraus T, DiFrancesco M, Kay BP, Wang Y, Holland SK. Increased resting-state functional connectivity of visual- and cognitive-control brain networks after training in children with reading difficulties. Neuroimage Clin. 2015 Jul 3;8:619-30. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2015.06.010.
  • Kay BP, Szaflarski JP. EEG/fMRI contributions to our understanding of genetic generalized epilepsies. Epilepsy Behav. 2014 May;34:129-35. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2014.02.030.
  • Kay BP, Holland SK, Privitera MD, Szaflarski JP. Differences in paracingulate connectivity associated with epileptiform discharges and uncontrolled seizures in genetic generalized epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2014 Feb;55(2):256-63. doi: 10.1111/epi.12486.
  • Szaflarski JP, Kay BP, Gotman J, Privitera MD, Holland SK. The relationship between the localization of the generalized spike and wave discharge generators and the response to valproate. Epilepsia. 2013 Mar;54(3):471-80. doi: 10.1111/epi.12062.
  • Kay BP, Meng X, Difrancesco MW, Holland SK, Szaflarski JP. Moderating effects of music on resting state networks. Brain Res. 2012 Apr 4;1447:53-64. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2012.01.064.
  • Hicks CW, Kay BP, Worley SE, Moodley M. A clinical picture of Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome in children in the United States. J Child Neurol. 2010 Dec;25(12):1504-10. doi: 10.1177/0883073810370481.


Grant Role Mentor/PI Dates
NINDS R25 NS090978-05 Awardee/Trainee Nico Dosenbach, Deanna Barch 1/1/2020-7/1/2021
NIGMS T32 GM063483 Medical Student Gurjit Khurana Hershey 7/1/2013-5/31/2015
NINDS K23 NS052468 Graduate Student Jerzy Szaflarski 7/1/2010-6/31/2012