Nancy Hebben, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Nancy Hebben is an assistant professor of psychology, part time in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance. She has a PhD in clinical psychology with a specialty in neuropsychology from Wayne State University. She did a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied pain perception in patients undergoing cingulotomy for chronic pain and intractable psychiatric disorders as part of a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health.

She is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She was the chief consultant in neuropsychology at the McLean Hospital from 1982 to 1998, and has been a clinical associate there since 1998. She has taught at the Harvard Extension School since 1985 and in 2010 was honored for twenty-five years of teaching.

As a clinical neuropsychologist in practice for more than thirty-five years, Hebben has assessed thousands of children, adults, and geriatric patients. In 2002, she published, along with William Milberg, Essentials of Neuropsychological Assessment (Wiley), which is now used in many undergraduate and graduate neuropsychology classes and which went into its second edition in fall 2009. She has written multiple articles and book chapters on neuropsychological issues and she often lectures to postdoctoral fellows and other professionals. Hebben also practices forensic neuropsychology, and has consulted with attorneys in many different states in both civil and criminal cases on issues of brain damage, traumatic brain injury, toxic injuries, and competence.


  • PhD Wayne State University