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Vanderbilt Department of Neurology

Faculty By Divisions


Althea Robinson Shelton, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology.


BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Dr. Shelton earned a B.S. degree in Psychobiology with an emphasis in Neuroscience graduating Summa Cum Laude at Florida Atlantic University in 1995. She earned her Medical doctorate in 2004 at Morehouse School of Medicine. The next year she did an internal medicine internship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, followed by Neurology residency (2004-2008). She completed a Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship with an emphasis in epilepsy in 2009 and then continued further training in sleep medicine with an emphasis in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee. She earned a Masters of Public Health from Vanderbilt University in 2016.

Dr. Robinson’s honors include being the past recipient of a William Penry Epilepsy Mini-fellowship (2007) and the American Academy of Neurology Residents Scholarship (2008), the American Neurological Association Junior Faculty Travel Award (2012) and the Five Star Customer Service Award for Excellence in Quality of Physician Care (2014).

Dr. Robinson was named Clinical Instructor of Neurology at Vanderbilt University in 2009. She also served as Chief Fellow in 2009. She is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric sleep and epilepsy disorders and the teaching of neurology residents and fellows.

She is board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2008) and board certified in Sleep Medicine (2011).

RESEARCH INTERESTS

The majority of my research has been focused on sleep problems in children with neuro-developmental disorders (NDD). Many sleep disorders (OSA, nocturnal seizures, restless legs, etc.) can lead to sleep fragmentation and thus, sleep deprivation. Sleep fragmentation contributes to a myriad of behavioral, neuropsychological and cognitive problems. Children with NDD, already vulnerable to these problems, are even more at risk if they have a co-existing sleep disorder.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

1. Robinson-Shelton A, Malow B. Sleep Disturbances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Current Psychiatry Rep. 2016 Jan;18(1):6.
2. Madduri N, Robinson AA, Malow B. Is There Correlation between Sleep Difficulties and Behavior Concerns in Children with Down Syndrome? Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2015 February 01; 36(2): S12-S12.
3. Robinson AA, Goldman,S, Barnes, G, Goodpaster, L, Malow, BA. EEG Duration Needed to Detect Abnormalities in Angelman Syndrome: Is One Hour of Recording Sufficient? Journal of Child Neurology 2015; 1: 58-62.
4. Robinson AA, Malow, BA. Gabapentin Shows Promise in Treating Refractory Insomnia in Children. Journal of Child Neurology 2013; 12: 1618-21.
5. Robinson AA, Pitiyanuvath, N, Abou-Khalil BW, Wang, L, Shi Y, Azar, NJ. Predictors of a Non-diagnostic Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Study and Yield of a Repeat Study. Epilepsy and Behavior 2011; 21:76-79.

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