• Dr. Murdaugh is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist who is focused on research involving understanding and improving neurocognitive outcomes in pediatric and young adult cancer survivors. Dr. Murdaugh’s interests include: understanding long-term neurocognitive outcomes in cancer survivors utilizing neuropsychological assessment and multimodal neuroimaging, developing a risk prediction model to identify cancer patients at greatest risk for neurocognitive deficits, and developing targeted cognitive remediation interventions to improve cognitive functioning in cancer survivors.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2023 Inflammation, Executive Function, and Adiposity in Children With or at Risk for Obesity: A Pilot StudyJournal of Pediatric Psychology.  48:134-143. 2023
    2022 Processing efficiency in pediatric cancer survivors: A review and operationalization for outcomes research and clinical utilityBrain and Behavior.  12. 2022
    2022 Quantifying and reporting outcome measures in pediatric epilepsy surgery: A systematic reviewEpilepsia.  63:2754-2781. 2022
    2022 The association between sleep disturbances and neurocognitive function in pediatric sickle cell diseaseSleep Medicine.  97:27-35. 2022
    2022 Prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and intellectual disability among children with hydrocephalusJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  30:188-194. 2022
    2022 Clinical Presentation, Risk Factors, and Outcomes of Immune Effector Cell-Associated Neurotoxicity Syndrome Following Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell Therapy: A Systematic Review 2022
    2022 A biobehavioural and social-structural model of inflammation and executive function in pediatric chronic health conditionsHealth Psychology Review2022
    2022 Longitudinal changes in patient-reported cognitive complaints among older adults with gastrointestinal malignancies — results from the Cancer and Aging Resilience Evaluation (CARE) RegistryJournal of Cancer Survivorship2022
    2021 Brain Glucose Metabolism is Reduced After Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer 2021
    2021 Reduction in Late Mortality Among Patients With Multiple Myeloma Treated With Autologous Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation—A Blood or Marrow Transplant Survivor Study Report 2021
    2020 Patient-reported cognitive complaints in older adults with gastrointestinal malignancies at diagnosis– Results from the Cancer & Aging Resilience Evaluation (CARE) studyJournal of Geriatric Oncology.  11:982-988. 2020
    2020 Self-endorsed cognitive problems versus objectively assessed cognitive impairment in blood or bone marrow transplantation recipients: A longitudinal studyCancer.  126:2174-2182. 2020
    2019 The efficacy of a pilot pediatric cognitive remediation summer program to prepare for transition of careChild Neuropsychology.  25:131-151. 2019
    2018 Brain dosimetry from locally advanced head and neck cancer radiotherapy: implications for neurocognitive outcomes researchActa Oncologica.  57:1589-1592. 2018
    2018 Longitudinal Changes in Resting State Connectivity and White Matter Integrity in Adolescents With Sports-Related Concussion - Erratum.Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.  24:890. 2018
    2018 Longitudinal Changes in Resting State Connectivity and White Matter Integrity in Adolescents with Sports-Related ConcussionJournal of the International Neuropsychological Society.  24:781-792. 2018
    2018 Differential recruitment of theory of mind brain network across three tasks: An independent component analysisBehavioural Brain Research.  347:385-393. 2018
    2018 Tracking of neurocognitive outcomes over time in children with perinatal stroke and associated complex medical conditions: a case seriesNeurocase.  24:195-203. 2018
    2018 Effects of Developmental Age on Symptom Reporting and Neurocognitive Performance in Youth After Sports-Related Concussion Compared to Control AthletesJournal of Child Neurology.  33:474-481. 2018
    2018 Assessment of Sleep Quantity and Sleep Disturbances During Recovery From Sports-Related Concussion in Youth Athletes.Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  99:960-966. 2018
    2018 Brain Mechanisms Underlying Reading the Mind from Eyes, Voice, and ActionsNeuroscience.  374:172-186. 2018
    2017 Changes in intrinsic local connectivity after reading intervention in children with autismBrain and Language.  175:11-17. 2017
    2017 Differences in activation and deactivation in children with sickle cell disease compared with demographically matched controlsAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology.  38:1242-1247. 2017
    2017 “Decoding versus comprehension”: Brain responses underlying reading comprehension in children with autismBrain and Language.  169:39-47. 2017
    2017 From word reading to multisentence comprehension: Improvements in brain activity in children with autism after reading interventionNeuroImage: Clinical.  16:303-312. 2017
    2016 Review of Sports-Related Concussions in Youth: Improving the Science, Changing the CultureApplied neuropsychology. Adult.  23:151-153. 2016
    2016 The Impact of Reading Intervention on Brain Responses Underlying Language in Children With Autism 2016
    2015 Changes in intrinsic connectivity of the brain's reading network following intervention in children with autismHuman Brain Mapping.  36:2965-2979. 2015
    2014 Differential role of temporoparietal junction and medial prefrontal cortex in causal inference in autism: An independent component analysisNeuroscience Letters.  568:50-55. 2014
    2014 Functional brain connectivity in a child with autism with an enlarged cavum septum pellucidumNeuropsychiatry.  4:23-25. 2014
    2013 Greater impulsivity is associated with decreased brain activation in obese women during a delay discounting task 2013
    2012 Differential Deactivation during Mentalizing and Classification of Autism Based on Default Mode Network ConnectivityPLoS One.  7. 2012
    2012 Brain responses mediating idiom comprehension: Gender and hemispheric differencesBrain Research.  1467:18-26. 2012
    2012 FMRI reactivity on a delay discounting task predicts weight gain in obese womenAppetite.  58:582-592. 2012
    2012 FMRI reactivity to high-calorie food pictures predicts short- and long-term outcome in a weight-loss programNeuroImage.  59:2709-2721. 2012
    2011 Probing the brain in autism using FMRI and diffusion tensor imaging.Journal of Visualized Experiments2011
    2011 Motivation for palatable food despite consequences in an animal model of binge eatingInternational Journal of Eating Disorders.  44:203-211. 2011
    2011 Probing the brain in autism using fMRI and diffusion tensor imagingJournal of Visualized Experiments2011
    2009 The Pavlovian power of palatable food: Lessons for weight-loss adherence from a new rodent model of cue-induced overeatingInternational Journal of Obesity.  33:693-701. 2009

    Education And Training

  • Emory University School of Medicine Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2015
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2008
  • Full Name

  • Donna Murdaugh