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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

Underuse of Behavioral Treatments for Headache: a Narrative Review Examining Societal and Cultural Factors

Langenbahn, Donna; Matsuzawa, Yuka; Lee, Yuen Shan Christine; Fraser, Felicia; Penzien, Donald B; Simon, Naomi M; Lipton, Richard B; Minen, Mia T

Journal of general internal medicine. 2021 Oct ; 36:3103-3112

Art therapy for Parkinson's disease

Cucca, Alberto; Di Rocco, Alessandro; Acosta, Ikuko; Beheshti, Mahya; Berberian, Marygrace; Bertisch, Hilary C; Droby, Amgad; Ettinger, Tom; Hudson, Todd E; Inglese, Matilde; Jung, Yoon J; Mania, Daniella F; Quartarone, Angelo; Rizzo, John-Ross; Sharma, Kush; Feigin, Andrew; Biagioni, Milton C; Ghilardi, M Felice

Parkinsonism & related disorders. 2021 Mar ; 84:148-154

Veterans with Gulf War Illness perceptions of management strategies

Winograd, Darren M; Sullivan, Nicole L; Thien, Scott R; Pigeon, Wilfred R; Litke, David R; Helmer, Drew A; Rath, Joseph; Lu, Shou-En; McAndrew, Lisa M

Life sciences. 2021 Feb 13; 119219

Evaluating the Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Relationships Predicting Suicidal Ideation Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Awan, Nabil; DiSanto, Dominic; Juengst, Shannon B; Kumar, Raj G; Bertisch, Hilary; Niemeier, Janet; Fann, Jesse R; Kesinger, Matthew R; Sperry, Jason; Wagner, Amy K

Journal of head trauma rehabilitation. 2021 Jan-Feb 01; 36:E18-E29

Quantitative Macromolecular Proton Fraction Mapping Reveals Altered Cortical Myelin Profile in Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

Sui, Yu Veronica; Bertisch, Hilary; Lee, Hong-Hsi; Storey, Pippa; Babb, James S; Goff, Donald C; Samsonov, Alexey; Lazar, Mariana

Cerebral cortex communications. 2021 Jun ; 2:tgab015

The effects of neuroplasticity-based auditory information processing remediation in adults with chronic traumatic brain injury

Voelbel, Gerald T; Lindsey, Hannah M; Mercuri, Giulia; Bushnik, Tamara; Rath, Joseph

NeuroRehabilitation. 2021 Oct ; 49:267-278

Interrelationships Between Post-TBI Employment and Substance Abuse: A Cross-lagged Structural Equation Modeling Analysis

Awan, Nabil; DiSanto, Dominic; Juengst, Shannon B; Kumar, Raj G; Bertisch, Hilary; Niemeier, Janet; Fann, Jesse R; Sperry, Jason; Wagner, Amy K

Archives of physical medicine & rehabilitation. 2020 May ; 101:797-806

Existential-Humanistic and Relational Psychotherapy During COVID-19 With Patients With Preexisting Medical Conditions

Gordon, Robert M.; Dahan, Jacqueline Fine; Wolfson, Joanna B.; Fults, Erin; Lee, Yuen Shan Christine; Smith-Wexler, Lucia; Liberta, Taylor A.; McGiffin, Jed N.

Journal of humanistic psychology. 2020;