Neal McGrath, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized neuropsychologist in the area of sports concussion. He has practiced in the Boston area for the last 35 years, specializing in the evaluation and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries …
Dr. Jackson is our Director of Training, supervising graduate students in clinical neuropsychology from William James College. She specializes in individual psychotherapy and neuropsychological evaluation of adolescents, adults, and children. …
Kara received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology from the University of Houston. She completed her internship at the West Haven VAMC and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital …
Deb Petrie has been the Office Manager for Neuropsychology New England/Sports Concussion New England and Neal McGrath PhD & Associates since 2005. She coordinates the scheduling of all appointments, manages billing, and …
Neal McGrath, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized neuropsychologist in the area of sports concussion. He has practiced in the Boston area for the last 35 years, specializing in the evaluation and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries, and founded Sports Concussion New England in 2005. Dr. McGrath and his colleagues are on the medical staff at Emerson Hospital through which they also provide neuropsychological services for the Cantu Concussion Center in Concord, Massachusetts. He is a Consulting Neuropsychologist for the NeuroRestorative Acquired Brain Injury Program, the Massachusetts Statewide Head Injury Program, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.
Dr. McGrath received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Advancement for his paper “Supporting the Student-Athlete in the Classroom after a Sport Related Concussion” which appeared in The Journal of Athletic Training in October/November 2010. His work has also been published in peer-reviewed journals including Seminars in Pediatric Neurology, The Journal of Athletic Training, Brain Injury, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders, the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, Brain and Cognition, and Rehabilitation Education. Dr. McGrath developed and consulted for many years to New England Rehabilitation Hospital’s Head Injury Community Services program in Quincy. He has also collaborated on clinical research for the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Grant at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He currently serves on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Clinical Advisory Committee which has assisted with the development, implementation, and updating of departmental regulations for the state’s concussion safety law.
He is a charter member of the Sports Neuropsychology Society, and a member of the American Psychological Association (Division 40 – Clinical Neuropsychology), and the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society. Dr. McGrath has given numerous presentations on sports concussion management and brain injury at professional meetings and conferences. His work has been featured on WBUR, WCVD-TV, FOX25 TV, WGBH TV’s Greater Boston, and in the Boston Globe.
Dr. Jackson specializes in individual psychotherapy and neuropsychological evaluation of adolescents, adults, and children. She works with patients with a variety of acquired brain injuries, learning disabilities, and Attention Deficit Disorder. She provides sports concussion consultation to individual student-athletes and their families and to our partner schools. She serves as a Consulting Neuropsychologist for the NeuroRestorative Acquired Brain Injury Program, the Massachusetts Statewide Head Injury Program, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.
Dr. Jackson is also on staff at Emerson Hospital’s Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center where she is part of an interdisciplinary team focusing on the evaluation and rehabilitation of individuals with mild traumatic brain injuries. She specializes in the treatment of prolonged post-concussion symptoms and has developed a psychotherapy practice dedicated to those individuals with persistent symptoms.
Dr. Jackson received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at WestSide NeuroRehabiltation Services in Lewiston, Maine, in 2011.
Kara M. Fitzgerald, Ph.D. received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology from the University of Houston. She completed her internship at the West Haven VAMC and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital.
At Neuropsychology New England, Dr. Fitzgerald conducts neuropsychological evaluations with adults for educational and rehabilitation purposes, as well as a host of other diagnostic concerns, including acquired brain injury and dementia, among other presenting concerns.
Throughout her career has specialized in life adult neuropsychological assessment, with expertise with a wide variety of presenting difficulties, including the neuropsychological evaluation and management of sports-related concussion injuries. Additionally, she has worked with individuals with diagnoses including but not limited to various dementias, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis (and other demyelinating conditions), cancer, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Additionally, she has conducted research on the cognitive effects of primary brain cancers and the treatment thereof, as well as transgender health.
Deb Petrie has been the Office Manager for Neuropsychology New England/Sports Concussion New England and Neal McGrath PhD & Associates since 2005. She coordinates the scheduling of all appointments, manages billing, and does a great many other things to ensure that our practice runs smoothly. Deb is usually the first person you will speak with when you call our offices and she has a great understanding of the needs of our patients and their parents during concussion recovery. She has worked in the healthcare industry since 1992 in a variety of communications, marketing, and project manager positions, for companies including Medical Manager, PCN, and WebMD. When not in the office, Deb is very busy being a mother to her two children and two step-children.
Ian is a third year Psy.D. doctoral student in neuropsychology at William James College. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Montana State University and his master’s degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He has a keen interest in the complexities of the human brain and his academic journey has been centered around understanding the underlying biological mechanisms that drive cognition and neurological processes. As Ian is progressing through his doctoral program he has become increasingly motivated to apply his knowledge and research to practical settings, aspiring to make a meaningful impact on individuals with neurological conditions.
Cassandra Trask is a third year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program at William James College. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Criminology at Eastern Connecticut State University in 2020 and completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College in 2022. During her time as a master’s student, she worked and continues as a now Clinician at Behavioral Health Network (BHN) where she provides mental health treatment at a Respite Program. Thus far as a doctoral student, she has worked as an outpatient Clinician at Community Healthlink providing short-term therapy and has done school consultations. Cassandra is very passionate about her work in all areas. In collaboration with her supervisor, Cassandra is currently involved in conducting clinical interview, administering neuropsychological tests along with interpreting results, scoring, writing reports and conducting feedback sessions.
Cassandra (Cassie) Volpe is currently a 4th year clinical psychology student (Psy.D.) at William James College with a concentration in neuropsychology. She is completing her second advanced practicum placement at Neuropsychology New England and as a testing assistant at Emerson Hospital’s Robert Cantu Concussion Center. Cassie had previously trained with the VA Boston Neurology (Memory Disorders Clinic) and Waltham Public Schools. She currently works as a substance use counselor for adults and has previously delivered behavioral health services in a range of settings including, schools, residential programs, and community-based intervention services.