• Dr. Ackerson is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist with twenty-five years of experience providing clinical services to a diverse patient population including TBI, forensic, neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD, ASD, LD), demyelinating disorders, epilepsy, neurofibromatosis, hypoxia, toxic exposures, and complex psychiatric conditions as well as rare genetic and neurological disorders. He consults to governmental, healthcare, academic, and athletic agencies and organizations. As Chair of the Alabama Statewide Sports Concussion Taskforce, a member of the Alabama Board of Examiners, former Director of Psychology for Children’s Hospital, and former Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology at UAB he is familiar with many practical professional and ethical opportunities and challenges that psychologists face but are not always trained to deal with, enabling him to provide unique supervisory opportunities. Dr. Ackerson teaches the Neuropsychological Assessment for the UAB Medical Psychology graduate students and accepts them on a selective basis to work under him in his clinic. He also advises and consults on research and public health initiatives both locally and nationally.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Reproducibility of cognitive endpoints in clinical trials: lessons from neurofibromatosis type 1Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.  6:2555-2565. 2019
    2017 Exploration of US men’s professional sport organization concussion policies 2017
    2016 Randomized placebo-controlled study of lovastatin in children with neurofibromatosis type 1Neurology.  87:2575-2584. 2016
    2015 The Sport Concussion Assessment Tool-Second Edition and its Relationship with Attention and Verbal Learning in a Pediatric PopulationJournal of Pediatric Neuropsychology.  1:14-20. 2015
    2013 Cognitive impairment occurs in children and adolescents with multiple sclerosis: Results from a United States networkJournal of Child Neurology.  28:102-107. 2013
    2010 Neurocognitive sequelae in African American and Caucasian children with multiple sclerosisNeurology.  75:2097-2102. 2010
    2009 Depression in Pediatric MS Patients Correlates with Increased Disease Severity and Selective Neuropsychological DeficitsNeurology.  72:A371-A372. 2009
    2009 The role of cognitive functioning in medication adherence of children and adolescents with HIV infectionJournal of Pediatric Psychology.  34:164-175. 2009
    2008 Mental health co-morbidities in pediatric multiple sclerosis 2008
    2004 Taking charge of epilepsy: The development of a structured psychoeducational group intervention for adolescents with epilepsy and their parentsEpilepsy and Behavior.  5:547-556. 2004
    1998 Cognitive bibliotherapy for mild and moderate adolescent depressive symptomatologyJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.  66:685-690. 1998
    1996 Negative outcomes: What is the evidence on self-administered treatments?Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.  64:1086-1089. 1996
    1991 Preferred coping styles of pediatric cancer patients during invasive medical proceduresJournal of Psychosocial Oncology.  8:59-70. 1991
    1989 Reducing distress during invasive medical procedures: Relating behavioral interventions to preferred coping style in pediatric cancer patientsJournal of Pediatric Psychology.  14:405-419. 1989

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, University of Alabama 1993
  • Master of Arts in Psychology, University of Alabama 1991
  • Full Name

  • Joseph Ackerson