Sarah Raz (aj8354)

University Information

Title: Associate Professor
Unit: Merrill Palmer Institute
Department: Research

Contact Information

71 E. Ferry
Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute
Detroit, 48202

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: 313-664-2500

71 E. Ferry
Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute

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Research Interest/Area of Expertise:
  • My area of research is developmental neuropsychology.  I focus on adverse events occurring during pregnancy, delivery and the newborn period on the cognitive, language, memory, and motor functioning of preterm-born children.  Through the study of the influence of birth asphyxia, intrauterine growth restriction, neonatal respiratory dysfunction, brain bleeds, multiple birth and other complications of preterm birth we gain knowledge about brain vulnerability and resilience during early development.  

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications:
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, 1988
Selected Publications:
  • Raz, S., DeBastos, A., Bapp Newman, J., & Batton, D. (2012). Intrauterine growth and neuropsycholoical performance in very low birth weight preschoolers. Jounrnal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18, 1-12.
  • Raz, S., Newman, J.B., DeBastos, A.K., Peters, B., & Batton, D. (2014). Postnatal growth and neuropsychological performance in preterm birth preschoolers. Neuropsychology, 28, 188-201.
  • Raz, S., DeBastos, A.K., Newman, J.B., Peters, B.N., Heizter, A., Piercy, J., & Batton, D. (2015). Physical growth in the neonatal intensive-care unit and neuropsychological performance at preschool age in very preterm-born singletons. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, 21, 126 – 136.
  • Raz, S., Piercy, J.,C., Heitzer, A.M., Peters, B.N., Newman, J.B., DeBastos, A.K., Ofen, N., Batton, B., & Batton, D.G. (2016). Neuropsychological functioning in preterm-born twins and singletons at preschool age. Journal of the International Neuropsychological society, 22, 1-13.
  • Yu, Q., Daugherty, A.M., Anderson, D.M., Nishimura, M., Brush, D., Hardwick, A., Lacey, W. Raz, S., & Ofen, N. Socioeconomic status and hippocampal volume in children and young adults. Developmental Science, in press.
Currently Teaching:
  • PSY 7210  Psychologycal Assessment II

Courses taught:


PSY 3310 Abnormal Psychology



PSY 7210 Assessment II

Sarah Raz

Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute


Associate Professor at the Merrill Palmer Institute and in the Department of Psychology. 

Dr. Raz's area of research is developmental neuropsychology, with a focus on the effects of adverse events occurring during pregnancy and delivery on the cognitive, behavioral, and neuropsychological outcome of the newborn. Through the study of the influence of birth asphyxia, intrauterine growth retardation, neonatal respiratory distress, and other early insults on outcome, knowledge is gained about brain vulnerability and resilience during early developmental periods. Biosketch

Office Location: 71 East Ferry, Detroit, MI 48202
Office Phone: (313) 872-1790
Sarah Raz

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