About Britt Carlson Emerton, PhD

Dr. Britt Carlson Emerton is a Staff Neuropsychologist at the MGH Psychology Assessment Center (PAC) and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Emerton completed undergraduate studies at Drake University and earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with specialization in neuropsychology from Suffolk University.  Her clinical training included a neuropsychology internship at MGH and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts. Dr. Emerton performs neuropsychological evaluations across the lifespan (school-aged children through older adults) for a wide range of neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive conditions related to various medical conditions, including neurodegenerative disorders.  She specializes in adult and pediatric epilepsy and is a member of the multidisciplinary epilepsy neurosurgical team at MGH.  Dr. Emerton's current research activities relate to neuropsychological functioning in epilepsy.  Dr. Emerton is involved in clinical training and co-directs the Harvard Partners Consortium Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology.

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

Medical Education

  • PhD, Suffolk University
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

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  • Emerton, B.C., Gansler, D.A., Sandberg, E.W., & Jerram, M. (2013).  Functional anatomic dissociation of description and picture naming in the left temporal lobe.  Brain Imaging and Behavior, 8. 10.1007/s11682-013-9281-9.

    Douw L, Leveroni CL, Tanaka N, Emerton BC, Cole AJ, Reinsberger C, et al. (2015) Loss of Resting-State Posterior Cingulate Flexibility Is Associated with Memory Disturbance in Left Temporal Lobe.  PLOS ONE. 10. e0131209. 10.1371/journal.pone.0131209.

    Ostrowski LM, Song DY, Thorn EL, Ross EE, Stoyell SM, Eden UT, Kramer MA, Emerton BC, Morgan AK, Stufflebeam SM, Chu CJ. (2019) Dysmature white matter integrity in BECTS.  Brain Communications. 10.1093/braincomms/fcz002

    Song DY, Stoyell SM, Ross EE, Ostrowski LM, Thorn EL, Stufflebeam SM, Morgan AK, Emerton BC, Kramer MA, Chu CJ. (2019) Beta oscillations in the sensorimotor cortex correlate with disease and remission in benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes.  Brain and Behavior. 9. 10.1002/brb3.1237.

    Stoyell SM*, Baxter B*, Chinappen DM, Zhu L, McLaren J, Grieco JA, Morgan AM, Emerton BC, Kramer MA, Manoach DS, Chu CJ. Increased spindle density coincides with cognitive recovery in a child with an epileptic encephalopathy. [abstract]. In American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting, December 2019, Baltimore, MD.



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