• BS Psychology – Eckerd College 1997
  • PhD Psychology - University of Florida 2003
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship University of California San Diego 2006
  • Board Certification - California Board of Psychology 2005, American Board of Professional Psychology 2011

Dr. McDonald serves as Co-Director of the Brain Tumor Neuropsychological Assessment Clinic in the Moores Cancer Center, a clinic she developed to provide neuropsychological evaluations to patients with primary and metastatic brain tumors. She holds a joint appointment between the Departments of Psychiatry and Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences.

Dr. McDonald’s research program utilizes a variety of non-invasive imaging techniques to further the understanding of neuropsychological deficits in brain tumor patients. Together with researchers from the Departments of Radiology and Neurosciences, she is evaluating a novel advanced diffusion magnetic resonance imaging approach, restriction spectrum imaging (RSI), to improve tumor detection and response to therapy in patients with high-grade gliomas. She has published over 60 journal articles and reviews, which have been published in highly respected journals including Neuro-Oncology, Epilepsy Research and Neurology.