Brenna C. McDonald, PsyD
Associate Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences
I am a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in structural and functional MRI research, and over 15 years of experience conducting neurocognitive and neuroimaging studies in pediatric and adult neuropsychiatric populations. I also maintain an active clinical neuropsychology practice, and have extensive experience in mentoring pre-and post-doctoral trainees in both clinical and research contexts. I have overseen cognitive and imaging data analysis and/or served as PI or site PI for multiple NIH-and foundation-funded studies, including pharmacological challenge protocols, clinical trials, and observational studies in children and adults. My program of funded research focuses on pediatric neuropsychiatric populations, including studies of children and adolescents who have experienced mild traumatic brain injury/concussion, those who have undergone leukemia chemotherapy, and those with temporal lobe epilepsy, as well as studies of healthy brain function. I am also a coinvestigator with colleagues on projects studying adult neuropsychiatric populations,including cognitive disorders of aging, cognitive effects of cancer and its treatment, and traumatic brain injury.
RADIOLOGY & IMAGING SCIENCES
GH 4322 RADY
Titles & Appointments
- Associate Professor of Neurology
- Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
Examination of brain structure and function in neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders across the lifespan, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injury, cognitive effects of cancer and its treatments, and epilepsy. I am particularly interested in various aspects of cognitive functioning in these populations, including working and episodic memory, and employ neuropsychological assessment and structural and functional MRI to examine the underlying brain basis for behavior.