About Lauren Pollak, PhD

Lauren Pollak, PhD, ABPP-CN, has been a staff neuropsychologist at the MGH Psychology Assessment Center (PAC) since 2000 and is currently an assistant professor of psychology within the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Pollak completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University and received her Ph.D. from the San Diego State University/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in 1998. She completed both her predoctoral internship and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Brown University.  

Dr. Pollak provides neuropsychological evaluations to a wide range of adult patient populations but has particular expertise in movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, parkinsonism-plus syndromes), leukodystrophies, and older adults with neurodegenerative conditions. 

Dr. Pollak is a member of MGH’s multidisciplinary movement disorders neurosurgical team. She also provides individualized cognitive rehabilitation therapy to patients with memory and executive functioning challenges. She is involved in clinical training and also serves as a neuropsychological consultant on various large-scale research projects.

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Mass General Psychology Assessment Center
One Bowdoin Square
7th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-643-3997

Medical Education

  • PhD, UC San Diego
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

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  • De Gusmao CM, Pollak LE, Sharma N. Neuropsychological and psychiatric outcome of GPi-deep brain stimulation in dystonia. Brain Stimulation. 2017; 10(5) 994-96.
  • Alluri PR, Solit J, Leveroni CL, Goldberg K, Vehar JV, Pollak LE, Colvin MK, Perez DL. Cognitive complaints in Motor Functional Neurological (Conversion) Disorders: A Focused Review and Clinical Perspective. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology. 2020; 33(2):77-89.
  • Palmese CA, Wyman-Chick K, Racine C, Pollak LE, Lin G, Farace E, Tran B., Floden D, Bobholz J, Turner T, York MK & for the Neuropsychology Focus Group of the Functional Neurosurgical Working Group (FNSWG) of the Parkinson Study Group (PSG) (2021) Assessment of deep brain stimulation candidacy during the COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons learned and future directions for neuropsychologists, The Clinical Neuropsychologist, DOI: 10.1080/13854046.2021.1929496
  • York MK, Farace E, Pollak L, Floden D, Lin G, Wyman-Chick K, Bobholz J, Palmese C, Racine C, Tran B, Turner T, Jimenez-Shahed J. The global pandemic has permanently changed the state of practice for pre-DBS neuropsychological evaluations. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. Click Here
  • Kay CD, Costa AS, Vannorsdall TD, Aduen P, Vila-Castelar C, Burstein SM, Pollak LE, Leibel DK, Sherman JC, Bungenberg J, Reetz K, Quiroz YT. Long-term neuropsychological outcomes of COVID-19: A multicenter, cross-cultural study. COVID 2022, 2, 1253?1264. Click Here

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