7297-McDonald, Brenna

Brenna C. McDonald, PsyD

Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

GH 4322
Indianapolis, IN
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I am a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in structural and functional MRI research, and over 20 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 includes studies of adult and pediatric populations. Pediatric-focused studies include 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. Adult-focused studies include cognitive disorders of aging, cognitive effects of cancer and its treatment, and traumatic brain injury.

Titles & Appointments

  • Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences
  • Professor of Neurology
  • Professor of Clinical Psychology
  • Education
    2002 FEL Fellowship, Dartmouth Medical School, Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging
    2000 PsyD Widener University
    2000 MBA Widener University
    1998 MA Widener University
    1994 BA Williams College
  • Research

    Examination of brain structure and function in neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders across the lifespan, with an emphasis on cognitive effects of cancer and its treatments, traumatic brain injury, 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.

  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Interests

    Cognitive assessment in pediatric medical populations, including oncology, epilepsy, brain injury, and a wide range of other neurological and medical disorders.

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