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Neuropsychology Rehabilitation Research

The Neurorehabilitation Assessment and Intervention Laboratory at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation focuses on discovering methods of assessing and treating people with neurocognitive disorders, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, and other conditions that affect the brain and cognitive functioning.

The research team seeks to identify novel neurorehabilitation intervention methods, especially those related to problem-solving and emotional self-regulation. The team also examines the effects of diversity and demographic factors on outcomes, including race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and socioeconomic status.

Neuropsychology Clinical Studies

Joseph F. Rath, PhD, currently leads a study on neurorehabilitation treatment following acquired brain injury. The study examines psychosocial, environmental, and institutional barriers to neurorehabilitation treatment with particular attention to people who are ethnic and racial minorities or are not native speakers of English.

The investigators hypothesize that people with acquired brain injury who are also ethnic and racial minorities or are not native speakers of English tend to encounter more service obstacles and environmental barriers compared with people who are white and speak English. The investigators also hypothesize that demographic and social structure variables, such as ethnicity, social class, and acculturation, significantly inform illness perception, health literacy, quality of life, and service obstacles among patients who are seeking neurorehabilitation treatment.

Neuropsychology Grants

Our research has been supported by grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Neuropsychology Research Training

We offer a Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Rehabilitation Research, now in its second five-year cycle of funding from the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program, NIDILRR (grant #90ARHF0001).

Psychology postdoctoral fellows train to become independent clinical researchers, specifically in the areas of brain-related illness and injury and neuropsychological rehabilitation. Fellows are actively involved in the work of the Neurorehabilitation Assessment and Intervention Laboratory and participate in a variety of collaborative clinical research projects within Rusk Rehabilitation.

Our Research Faculty

Research faculty include Joseph F. Rath, PhD; Hilary C. Bertisch, PhD, ABPP; Joseph H. Ricker, PhD, ABPP; Yuen Shan Christine Lee, PhD; Lucia Smith-Wexler, PhD; Amanda Childs, PhD; and Chelsea Schoen, PhD.

Selected Publications

Callosal Interhemispheric Communication in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Mediation Analysis on WM Microstructure Effects

Chung, Sohae; Bacon, Tamar; Rath, Joseph F; Alivar, Alaleh; Coelho, Santiago; Amorapanth, Prin; Fieremans, Els; Novikov, Dmitry S; Flanagan, Steven R; Bacon, Joshua H; Lui, Yvonne W

AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology. 2024 Apr 18;

Veteran Beliefs About the Causes of Gulf War Illness and Expectations for Improvement

Kane, Naomi S; Hassabelnaby, Raghad; Sullivan, Nicole L; Graff, Fiona; Litke, David R; Quigley, Karen S; Pigeon, Wilfred R; Rath, Joseph F; Helmer, Drew A; McAndrew, Lisa M

International journal of behavioral medicine. 2024 Feb ; 31:169-174

Microstructural and Microvascular Alterations in Psychotic Spectrum Disorders: A Three-Compartment Intravoxel Incoherent Imaging and Free Water Model

McKenna, Faye; Gupta, Pradeep Kumar; Sui, Yu Veronica; Bertisch, Hilary; Gonen, Oded; Goff, Donald C; Lazar, Mariana

Schizophrenia bulletin. 2023 Nov 29; 49:1542-1553

Comparison of Informational and Educational Resource Provision for Individuals Living With Traumatic Brain Injury Based on Language, Nativity, and Neighborhood

Wilson, Judith; McGiffin, Jed N; Smith, Michelle; Garduño-Ortega, Olga; Talis, Elina; Zarate, Alejandro; Jenkins, Natalie; Rath, Joseph F; Bushnik, Tamara

Journal of head trauma rehabilitation. 2023 Mar-Apr 01; 38:175-183

Effect of Problem-solving Treatment on Self-reported Disability Among Veterans With Gulf War Illness: A Randomized Clinical Trial

McAndrew, Lisa M; Quigley, Karen S; Lu, Shou-En; Litke, David; Rath, Joseph F; Lange, Gudrun; Santos, Susan L; Anastasides, Nicole; Petrakis, Beth Ann; Greenberg, Lauren; Helmer, Drew A; Pigeon, Wilfred R

JAMA network open. 2022 Dec 01; 5:e2245272

Decreased basal ganglia and thalamic iron in early psychotic spectrum disorders are associated with increased psychotic and schizotypal symptoms

Sui, Yu Veronica; McKenna, Faye; Bertisch, Hilary; Storey, Pippa; Anthopolos, Rebecca; Goff, Donald C; Samsonov, Alexey; Lazar, Mariana

Molecular psychiatry. 2022 Dec ; 27:5144-5153

Development of an MMPI reference group for outpatients with persisting symptoms following mild TBI

Childs, Amanda; Bertisch, Hilary; Talis, Elina; Ricker, Joseph H; Rath, Joseph F

Brain injury. 2022 Nov 02; 1-7

Brief Report: Cognitive Dependence in Physically Independent Patients at Discharge from Acute Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Rath, Joseph F; McGiffin, Jed N; Glubo, Heather; McDermott, Hannah W; Beattie, Aaron; Arutiunov, Caitlyn; Schaefer, Lynn A; Im, Brian; Bushnik, Tamara

Archives of physical medicine & rehabilitation. 2022 Sep ; 103:1866-1869