Smarter, Safer Concussion Management
for the Student Athlete

Sports Concussion New England
Neal McGrath, Ph.D.
New England’s First Credentialed
ImPACT© Consultant.

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 30 years, specializing in the evaluation and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries. Dr. McGrath is New England's first Credentialed ImPACT© Consultant. His work has been featured on WBUR, WCVB-TV WCVB-TV, Fox 25 TV, WGBH-TV's Greater Boston, and in the Boston Globe. He is the Clinical Director and founder of Sports Concussion New England, now serving dozens of schools as well as individual student athletes from many high schools, colleges, elementary schools, and youth sports programs in New England.

In the fall of 2010 Dr. McGrath served on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Clinical Advisory Committee to assist with the development of departmental regulations for the state's new concussion safety law.

In June of 2011 Dr. McGrath was presented with 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. More recently he was the lead author on a study published with colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center examining the effects of exercise on cognitive function during concussion recovery (McGrath, N., Dinn, W.M., Collins, M.W., Lovell, M.R., Elbin, R.J., and Kontos, A.P. (2013). Post-exertion neurocognitive test failure among student-athletes following concussion. Brain Injury, 27(1), 103-113.)

Dr. McGrath is also a Consulting Neuropsychologist for the NeuroRestorative (formerly MENTOR) Acquired Brain Injury Program, the Massachusetts Statewide Head Injury Program, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. He 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.

Dr. McGrath also maintains a private practice in neuropsychological evaluation of adolescents, adults, and children in Brookline, MA ( He and his colleagues see patients with a variety of acquired brain injuries, including returning military veterans, as well as for evaluation of learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder.

He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) and Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), and the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society. Dr. McGrath has given numerous presentations on sports concussion management and brain injury at professional meetings and conferences.

Dr. Alexandra Jackson's bio

In November of 2003, my son was thrilled to be starting as a linebacker for his high school varsity football team.

As his team won an exciting game on a last-second field goal, fans rushed on the field to congratulate the players. But my son was not celebrating. Instead, we found him wandering around the field, confused and agitated, convinced that he had ‘lost the game’ for his team. You can imagine how upset we were to find him in this condition. While on the field, he had sustained a concussion and played the last half of the game with little memory of it.

As a neuropsychologist, it was frightening to know how medically at risk he was to have continued playing after he was hurt. After several difficult days of concussion symptoms, he recovered well over the next few weeks. But it was not easy to determine when it would be safe for him to return to football action.