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 …
Deb Petrie has been the Office Manager for 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 …
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. …
Vanessa D’Orio, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Health Emphasis and a minor concentration in Neuropsychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University in Bronx, NY. …
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 …
Dr. Greene provides neuropsychological evaluation services for patients with mild traumatic brain injuries as a member of our staff within the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team at Emerson Hospital’s Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center …
Nuliyar Dursun is a second-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at William James College in Newton, MA where she is enrolled in the neuropsychology and clinical health psychology concentration …
Tala Taheri, is a fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at William James College, where she is enrolled in the Neuropsychology Concentration. She received her Bachelor of Science …
Ammara Malik, MA, is a fourth-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student. She is currently in the PsyD program at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. She completed her bachelors in science at Trinity College …
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.
Deb Petrie has been the Office Manager for 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.
Dr. Forrester provides neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults with acquired brain injuries and a wide variety of neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive disorders. Her approach to assessment is gentle and supportive and recognizes the importance of building rapport and trust.Dr. Forrester completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University, where her dissertation looked at the impact of communication about treatment on female breast cancer survivors’ physical, social, and emotional health. She served her clinical neuropsychology fellowship in the Department of Physical Medicine &Rehabilitation at the University of California – Davis Medical Center where she worked with children, adolescents, and adults with neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive disorders. She also has experience performing presurgical and capacity evaluations for adults.
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.
Vanessa D’Orio, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Health Emphasis and a minor concentration in Neuropsychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University in Bronx, NY. She completed an APA approved internship in the Neuropsychology track at Dartmouth College, with training at both Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and New Hampshire Hospital. She also completed an APA- accredited Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship at VA Boston Healthcare System, where she evaluated and treated veterans across a wide variety of clinics. Through these experiences as well as specialized practicums at multiple academic medical centers in New York City, Dr. D’Orio has evaluated and treated inpatients and outpatients with varying levels of traumatic brain injury and/or head injury, as well as a wide variety of neurodevelopmental disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, epilepsy, other complex medical conditions, and psychiatric disorders. She has also presented and published research focused on cognition in persons with multiple sclerosis.
At Neuropsychology New England, Dr. D’Orio conducts neuropsychological evaluations and psychoeducational feedback sessions to guide treatment and decision-making with adolescents and adults presenting with a variety of symptoms and conditions. With Sports Concussion New England, she provides consultation as well as evaluation to those with sports as well as other concussion-related injuries.
Dr. Greene provides neuropsychological evaluation services for patients with mild traumatic brain injuries as a member of our staff within the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team at Emerson Hospital’s Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center in Concord, MA. She is skilled in psychiatric symptom assessment and in working with older adults with dementia and other neurological disease. She also enjoys helping patients and their families who are coping with complex medical and psychological issues.
Dr. Greene received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. She completed her predoctoral internship in Cognitive Rehabilitation at Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine/New York University Langone Medical Center, where she participated in intensive training in neuropsychological testing, psychotherapy, and cognitive rehabilitation with adults with acquired brain injuries. She then served her post-doctoral fellowship at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center where she received in-depth training in the advanced practice of geropsychology and neuropsychology with military veterans and their families. Dr. Greene has worked as a staff psychologist within the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2014.
Nuliyar Dursun is a second year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at William James College in Newton, MA where she is enrolled in the neuropsychology and clinical health psychology concentration. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in neuropsychology and clinical counseling from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and master’s in general psychology from Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. Nuliyar completed her first-year practicum at Family Continuity where she provided in-home therapy (IHT) services.
Nuliyar has worked in a number of settings, including community mental health centers, schools and general hospitals. She is very passionate about the field of neuropsychology and is currently training under Dr. Jackson as a second-year practicum student and working as a testing assistant. In collaboration with her supervisor, Nuliyar is involved in administration of neuropsychological tests along with interpreting, scoring and writing reports.
Tala Taheri, MA, is a fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at William James College, where she is enrolled in the Neuropsychology Concentration. She received her Bachelor of Science in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Connecticut in 2014. Tala has a wide range of clinical experiences ranging from applied behavior analysis, cognitive rehabilitation in adults with memory difficulty, and neuropsychological evaluations for adults and children with neurological and psychiatric disorders. She has worked in settings including hospitals, schools, and in-home intervention. Tala is currently working on her doctoral project which involves using reaction time to better distinguish malingered cognitive impairment from honest performance in those with mild traumatic brain injuries.
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.
Lawrence Chan, MA, is a fourth-year student enrolled in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at William James College. He completed his undergraduate degree at Wheaton College, MA with a major in psychology and served as the captain of the tennis team. He spent two years between college and graduate school working at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Genetics/Genomics department where he oversaw multiple research projects. At William James College, Lawrence is concentrating in neuropsychology and has had a broad range of clinical experiences, including individual and group psychotherapy with adolescents, neuropsychological testing of participants in the Boston University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, intake and neuropsychological evaluations for those with suspected cognitive disorders at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Cognitive Neurology Unit, and facilitation of cognitive rehabilitation groups with memory concerns. Lawrence is currently completing his dissertation focused on comparing African American and Caucasian participants’ processing speed/visuomotor tracking and executive functioning abilities for controls and cognitively impaired participants who have had significant vascular disease.
Lawrence is currently a testing assistant at the Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center, where he continues to perform neuropsychological testing on patients who have suffered varying degrees of traumatic brain injury. He is also responsible for administering and scoring neuropsychological test batteries and occasionally sitting in on intake interviews. Lawrence thoroughly enjoys engaging with patients and collaboratively working with them and other team members toward recovery. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and basketball, running, and cheering on the Boston Celtics.
Emma is a first year doctoral student in the clinical Psychology Psy.D. program at William James College. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College and her master’s degree in psychology from New York University where she developed a strong interest in the brain/behavior relationship. Emma is currently studying neuropsychology and is specifically interested in working with traumatic brain injuries.
Emma has experience providing neuropsychological assessments including for the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and the Columbia University Hospital aging and dementia unit. She is excited to be a part of Neuropsychology New England/Sports Concussion New England and to work the the clients here.
Ammara Malik, MA, is a fourth-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student. She is currently in the PsyD program at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. She completed her bachelors in
science at Trinity College, CT with a major in neuroscience. After graduating, she went on to work at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, as a clinical research coordinator within the gynecologic oncology program. In graduate school, Ammara has been concentrating on neuropsychology and has trained at a variety of settings including Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Edith Norse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital. Through these different training experiences, Ammara has evaluated adolescents and adults with a wide range of neurological diagnoses, including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, Parkinson’s disease, seizure disorders,
cerebrovascular accident, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, ADHD, and learning disabilities. In addition, she has been trained in individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and cognitive rehabilitation.
During her graduate training, Ammara has been involved in research evaluating the effects of trauma and analyzing interviews with patients with schizophrenia. Currently, Ammara is working on her dissertation which aims to add to the literature by looking at different executive functioning and neuropsychological measures administered to children with autism spectrum disorder, in order to determine how aspects of testing can have an impact on symptom severity. The goal of the research is to decrease misdiagnosis and help children get the accurate care and interventions that they need at a younger age.
Ammara is currently a member of the clinical team at the Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center where she works a psychometrist. She administers neuropsychologist tests to patients, scores the testing data, and works with the psychologists to determine a test battery that best fits the patient. She enjoys learning from the psychologists as well as interacting with the patients while also increasing her knowledge regarding traumatic brain injuries. In her spare time, Ammara enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and experimenting in the kitchen.