Smarter, Safer Concussion Management
for the Student Athlete

Sports Concussion New England
Brie Insalaco, Ph.D.

Brie Insalaco, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 2010 she completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Boston VA Healthcare System, where she performed comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for active duty personnel and returning veterans with mild to severe traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities, and cognitive dysfunction secondary to a variety of medical conditions. Her work at the VA also involved providing group treatment, brain injury education, and individual cognitive rehabilitation. She has also consulted to Rehab Specialists in New Jersey where she worked with individuals with brain injury and substance abuse issues.

Dr. Insalaco is also a Consulting Neuropsychologist for the NeuroRestorative Acquired Brain Injury Program (formerly MENTOR, Center for Comprehensive Services-New England) and the Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC).

Dr. Insalaco played soccer and softball in her days as a student-athlete. With SCNE she provides a full range of services including sports concussion consultations to individual student-athletes and to our partner schools, comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, individual counseling and cognitive rehabilitation, and on-campus educational presentations

Debra Ely

Debra Ely 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 as a hockey, soccer, and basketball mom for her children Justin and Rachel.

Alexandra Jackson Psy.D.

Alexandra Jackson, Psy.D., 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, where she evaluated and treated individuals with acquired brain injury. Her work at WestSide also involved scientific research on brain injury and she has presented her findings at several international neuropsychological conferences.

Dr. Jackson specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation and management of sports-related concussion injuries. With Sports Concussion New England, she provides a full complement of services including consultation to individual student-athletes and to our partner schools, comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, individual therapy and cognitive rehabilitation for recovering athletes, and on-campus educational presentations. Dr. Jackson is particularly interested in the gender differences in concussion injuries and has presented a poster symposium entitled “Concussions in Female Collegiate Athletes: Examination of Gender Differences” at the International Neuropsychological Society’s annual meeting in Boston in 2011.

John Young

John Young is a fourth year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. When he is not at SCNE, John is an outpatient clinician at The Psychological Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and acts as a mental health liaison to the Lawrence Drug Court. Last year he completed his practicum training at the Federal Medical Center, Devens, where he participated in forensic evaluations on competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and care and treatment needs. His professional interests include forensic assessment, psychological testing, and working with adults with major mental illness. John played baseball for Fordham University as an undergraduate and currently pitches in the Yawkey League in Boston. He also played basketball and football in high school, and considers physical activity to be an integral part of both physical and psychological well being.