Rebecca E. McCartney, PhD
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. Having grown up in an urban setting, I was drawn to the excitement and diversity of Atlanta. I moved to Atlanta in 1997 for school and have happily made it my home. I enjoy working with people and families, which made the field of psychology a natural choice for me. I discovered my fascination with the brain as an undergraduate student working in a research laboratory studying the neuropsychological consequences of prenatal and perinatal brain damage. Through that experience, I learned about the complexities of the human brain and the interaction between brain function and behavior. I have been committed to studying and understanding brain behavior relationships ever since.
About my practice
I consider myself to be a developmental neuropsychologist, meaning that my training and clinical expertise is in the evolution of neurocognitive function across the life span. I enjoy working with children, adults and geriatric populations. While my expertise is in the areas of traumatic brain injury and epilepsy, I enjoy working with members with a variety of neurological conditions. I commonly see members with dementia, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, pervasive developmental disabilities, brain tumors, stroke and a variety of psychiatric conditions. As a neuropsychologist, my role is to evaluate cognitive functioning to help our practitioners make accurate diagnoses and appropriate treatment recommendations. My professional philosophy focuses on the importance of providing patients and caregivers with the tools and resources needed to help our members thrive.
How I thrive
I am a firm believer in a balance between work and life. I am passionate about the work I do as a neuropsychologist, but I am also committed to my family and friends. In my free time, I enjoy gardening and cooking. My favorite time of the year is late spring to early summer when all of my fruits, vegetables and herbs are in bloom. This is when you will find me in my kitchen cooking up a delicious meal from the produce in my garden.