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Margaret B. Pulsifer, PhD

  • Neuropsychologist, MGH Psychology Assessment Center


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Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Oncology (Brain tumor; leukemia)
  • Epilepsy (Tuberous sclerosis complex)
  • Pediatric concussion
  • Learning disabilities; ADHD
  • Developmental delay; Autism spectrum disorder
  • Adults: Oncology, Tuberous sclerosis; Down syndrome
Medical Education
  • PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Unicare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Behavioral Health - MGH
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Dr. Pulsifer received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed her postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. She has been a full-time neuropsychologist in the Psychology Assessment Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital since 2003, where she has been actively involved in clinical, research, and teaching responsibilities. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining MGH, she was an Assistant Professor and the Chief of Pediatric Psychology in the Division of Child Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Pulsifer is actively involved in a number of funded research projects at MGH. Her research interests include: 1) examining the long-term neurocognitive and behavioral effects of proton radiation therapy on children and young adults and 2) investigating the neuropsychological and behavioral profile of children and adults with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.

Numis AL, Major P, Montenegro MA, Muzykewicz DA, Pulsifer MB & Thiele EA. Identification of Risk Factors for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Tuberous Sclerosis, Neurology 2011.
Walder D, Sherman J. & Pulsifer M.B. Neurodev Assessment in Early Childhood.In Evidence-Based Prac in Infant & Early Child. Psych. Rubinson F, Mowder B. & Yasik A. Eds. Wiley Sons 2009.
Kopp CM, Muzykewicz DA, Staley BA, & Thiele EA. Behavior prob in children with Tuberous Sclerosis and parental stress, Epil & Beh 2008.
Pulsifer MB, Butz A, Foran M & Belcher H. Prenatal Drug Expos: Effects on Cog Funct at Age 5. Clinical Peds 2008.
Lyczkowski DA, Pulsifer MB, Conant KD, Jarrett DY, Grant E, Kwiatkowski DJ & Thiele EA.Intrafamilial Phenotypic Variability in Tuberous Sclerosis. Jour Child Neur 2007.
Winterkorn EB, Pulsifer MB & Thiele EA. Cognitive Prognosis of Patients with Tuberous Sclerosis. Neurology 2007.
Pulsifer MB, Winterkorn EB, & Thiele EA. Psychological Profile of Adults with Tuberous Sclerosis. Epil & Beh 2007.
Pulsifer MB, Brandt J, Salorio C, Vining E, Carson B & Freeman J. Cog outcome of hemispherectomy in 71 children. Epilepsia 2004.
Pulsifer MB, Radonovich K, Belcher H & Butz A. Intelligence & school readiness in preschool children with prenatal drug expos. Child Neuropsych 2004.
Pulsifer MB, Salorio C & Niparko J. Devel, audio & speech percep in children after cochlear implant surgery. Arch Ped & Adol Med 2003.
Pulsifer MB., Gordon J, Brandt J, Vining E & Freeman J. Effect of ketogenic diet on devel & beh. Dev Med & Child Neur 2001.
Pulsifer MB, Neuropsych of mental retardation. Jour Inter Neuropsych 1996.

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Psychology Assessment Center
One Bowdoin Square
7th Floor
Boston MA, 02114-2927
Phone: 617-726-9116
Fax: 617-724-3726

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