The brain is wider
than the sky.

~ Emily Dickinson

Karen M. Sanders, PhD., ABPP, Board Certified Neuropsychologist

I am a board certified clinical neuropsychologist awarded through the American Board of Professional Psychology. I have over 25 years experience in neuropsychology, rehabilitation and traditional psychology in various clinical, academic and research settings. I am able to draw on a wide range of well-regarded treatment options once neuropsychological testing is finished.

Many of my clients find learning about the brain fascinating. Learning about your unique brain function and how to improve the effectiveness is quite valuable.

I thoroughly enjoy my work with my clients and their families in improving quality of life through a deeper understanding of your brain and its unique abilities.

Neurological conditions I commonly work with include: stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease/DBS pre-surgery evaluations, dementia, tumor and learning disability.


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Dr. Sanders received her doctorate in psychology from Brigham Young University. She earned a Master’s Degree in guidance and counseling from the College of Idaho and a Bachelor of Music from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. She completed two post-doctoral years of training at the University of Washington Medical Center and the Philadelphia Geriatric Center.

Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology (American Board of Professional Neuropsychology)


Dr. Sanders is a licensed psychologist in Washington and Utah.

Medical Staff

Dr. Sanders is on the medical staff at Northwest Hospital/UW Medicine and Swedish Medical Center.

NRHSP Certified

National Register of Health Service Psychologists #53809

Faculty Appointments

Clinical Instructor, Clinical Psychology - University of Washington

Clinical Instructor - University of Washington School of Medicine - Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Faculty – University of Utah Medical Center 1986-88


Doctoral level courses in neuropsychology, gerontology and psychotherapy.


Sanders, K. M. and Hurt, G. (2001). Using Neuropsychological Assessment for Treatment Planning and Return to Work. Journal of Northwest Neuroscience Institute. 20(3), 3-4.

Gohen-Glick, C., Ellis, B. and Sanders, K. M. Working with Difficult Patients: The Angry Patient. Washington Family Physician, spring 2000, 19-23.

Sanders, K. M., Ellis, B., and Cohen-Glick, C. Working with Difficult Patients: The Anxious/Dependent Patient. Washington Family Physician, winter 2000, 22-23.

Sanders, K., Brockway, J., Ellis, B., Cotton, E. and Breden, J. (1999). Enhancing mental health climate in hospitals and nursing homes; collaboration strategies for medical and mental health staff. In Duffy, M. (Ed.), Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy with Older Adults (pp. 335-349). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Brockway, J., Sanders, K. M., and Ellis, B. Collaboration in Medicine and Mental Health. Washington Family Physician, spring 1999, 22.


Bar Association
Swedish MS
UW/School of Social Work
"Using Neuropsychological Testing:  Inpatient and Outpatient Settings" - *Swedish Neuroscience Institute - October 5, 2011
Cognition and Stroke - Seventh Annual Cerebrovascular Symposium: Practical Aspects of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Care - Swedish Neuroscience Institute * - 2013


American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology – Diplomate and Member
American Psychological Association
Washington State Psychological Association
International Neuropsychological Society
National Academy for Neuropsychology
Pacific Northwest Neuropsychological Society - President Elect (2014-2015)
Brain Injury Association of Washington
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Community Involvement

Friends of Habitat – Ambassador for Seattle/King County Habitat for Humanity (Present)
Alzheimer’s Association – Western and Central Washington –
    writing educational materials in different diagnosis (2005)
Physicians Task Force – Washington State Psychological Association (1995-2005)
Board of Directors – Seattle Pro Musica (2004-2006)
Board of Directors – Seattle Habitat for Humanity (1995-2001)
Board of Directors – Salt Lake City Habitat for Humanity (1985-1986)
Chair of Family Selections Committee – SLC (1985-1986)
Performing Choir Member of Seattle Pro-Musica (spring 2001-2009)
Performing Choir Member – Opus 7 (2009-Present)
Cathedral Choir Member – St. James Cathedral, Seattle, Washington