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Psychological Sciences 1228
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907

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Sarah Karalunas

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Director of Graduate Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder & Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Cognitive/neuropsychological assessment
  • Emotion regulation
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) & Event-related potentials (ERPs)

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity

Department of Psychological Sciences Research Area(s)

  • Clinical Psychological Sciences


Recruiting graduate students for Fall 2024 admission


Dr. Karalunas was born and raised in upstate NY. Her research interests are closely related to her clinical expertise and focuses on better understanding the cognitive and emotional difficulties often experienced by children with ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research emphasizes the unique individual differences between children. She is passionate about ensuring that all children and families have access to high-quality, evidence-based mental health care that addresses their unique needs and hopes her research can contribute to that goal.


  • Licensed Psychologist 2014- current (Oregon #2414)
  • PhD, 2011, Child Clinical Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
  • BA, 2004, Neuroscience, Hamilton College


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Purdue Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Consortium, member
  • Purdue Graduate BRIDGE & Summer Research Opportunity Program, student mentor

Current Courses

  • PSYC 668 - Cognitive Assessment

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Purdue University - Purdue University

Selected Grants

  • Principal Investigator, Biobehavioral validation of the ADHD emotion dysregulation phenotype. National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH120109). Period: 04/01/2020-03/31/2025. Total: $3,750,000.
  • Co-investigator, Developmental origins and early detection of ADHD and dysregulatory psychopathology. National Institute of Mental Health (R01MH124824). Elinor Sullivan/Joel Nigg (MPIs). Period: 01/01/2021-10/31/2025. Total: $3,750,000
  • co-Principal Investigator, Worker-AI Teaming to Enable ADHD Workforce Participation in the Construction Industry of the Future. National Science Foundation (FW-HTF-R: Collaborative Research: 2128970). Sogand Hasanzadeh & Vincent Duffy (MPIs). Period: 10/01/2021-09/30/2025. Total: $800,000
  • Co-investigator, Parsing Neurobiological Bases of Heterogeneity in ADHD. National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH123831). Leanne Tamm & Jeffery Epstein (MPIs). Period: 04/01/2020-03/31/2025. Total: $1,800,000.
  • Co-Investigator, ADHD heterogeneity, mechanisms, and risk profile. National Institute of Mental Health (R37 MH059105). Joel Nigg (PI). Period: 09/12/1999-12/31/2023. Total: $3,750,000.