Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Rehabilitation Research

The Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship is in its second 5-year cycle of funding from the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The fellowship is designed to train psychology postdoctoral fellows 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 Rusk Rehabilitation Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention Lab, which focuses on the assessment and treatment of adults with neurocognitive disorders, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, and other conditions that impact the brain and cognitive functioning. Innovative neurorehabilitation intervention methods, especially those related to problem solving and emotional self-regulation, are areas of interest, along with the impact of diversity and demographic factors on outcome, including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and socioeconomic status.

Fellows participate in a variety of collaborative clinical research projects within Rusk Rehabilitation, including Rusk TBI Model Systems at NYU (Tamara Bushnik, PI). In addition, fellows participate in federally-funded collaborative clinical research projects with other departments and institutions; current collaborations include Quantitative MRI and 1H-MRS in Traumatic Brain Injury (Yvonne Lui, PI), Role of Dysmyelination in Psychotic Spectrum Disorders (Mariana Lazar, PI), and Cognitive Rehabilitation for Gulf War Illness (Lisa McAndrew, PI).

Projects

Rusk Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Postdoctoral Fellowship (Joseph Rath, Project Director) is a NIDILRR-funded project designed to train psychology postdoctoral fellows in advanced rehabilitation research techniques. Fellows collaborate on established clinical-research projects and develop and conduct independent research projects from inception to dissemination. Fellows also gain valuable experience working with community-dwelling adults with disabilities by providing ongoing clinical care, including neuropsychological assessment, cognitive remediation, and psychotherapy. Applications are accepted starting in December each year for full-time two-year positions that begin the following September.

Quantitative MRI and 1H-MRS in Traumatic Brain Injury (Yvonne Lui, PI) is a National Institute on Neurological Disability and Stroke (NINDS)-funded collaboration with the Department of Radiology. The goals are to describe and quantify thalamic abnormalities following mild TBI in a well-characterized patient cohort and determine how these alterations correlate with clinical symptoms and neuropsychological tests in a longitudinal study. Dr. Rath is a co-investigator on this study.

Role of Dysmyelination in Psychotic Spectrum Disorders (Mariana Lazar, PI) is a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded collaboration with the Department of Radiology.  The goals of this study are to identify structural sequelae of working memory deficits in individuals with psychosis through diffusional kurtosis imaging (DKI). Dr. Bertisch is a co-investigator on this study.

Cognitive Rehabilitation for Gulf War Illness (Lisa McAndrew, PI) is a collaboration between the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) of the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in East Orange, NJ, and Rusk Rehabilitation. The goal of this study, funded through the Department of Veteran Affairs, is to evaluate the effectiveness of problem-solving cognitive rehabilitation interventions for treating the diverse cognitive and emotional symptoms experienced by Veterans with chronic multisymptom illness. Dr. Rath is a co-investigator on this study.

Community Reintegration, Functional Outcomes and QOL after Upper and Lower Extremity Trauma within the BADER Consortium (Steven Stanhope/David Tulsky, PIs) is a Department of Defense (DoD) funded initiative designed to (1) evaluate, catalog, and make recommendations for selection and utilization of existing Patient Reported Outcome (PRO) measures for individuals with amputations and limb preservation procedures, and (2) develop new PRO measures for use across Bridging Advanced Developments for Exceptional Rehabilitation (BADER) Consortium military treatment facilities.  Dr. Bertisch is site-PI on this study.

Pattern Classification Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Traumatic Brain Injury (Yvonne Lui, PI) is an NINDS-funded collaboration with the Department of Radiology. The goal is to bring novel MRI techniques to clinical use, using machine learning to combine objective MRI findings with clinical information to predict long-term outcome. Such a tool would be an extremely powerful clinical tool to identify at-risk patients for early intervention. Additionally, this research will identify the most clinically relevant MRI metrics, thereby pointing the way to novel therapeutic pathways. Dr. Rath is a co-investigator on this study.

Publications

  • Bertisch, H., Krellman, J., Bergquist, T., Dreer, L. Ellois, V., & Bushnik, T. (in press) Characteristics of firearm brain injury survivors in the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) National Database: A comparison of assault and self-inflicted injury survivors. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28478127
  • Cho, Y. S., Sohlberg, M. M., Albin, R., Diller, L., Horner, R., Rath, J. F., & Bullis, M. (in press). Training adults with acquired brain injury how to help-seek when wayfinding: An understudied critical life skill. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28697674
  • Kim, S., Rath, J. F., Zemon, V., Cavallo, M. M., McCraty, R., Sostre, A., & Foley, F. W. (in press). Problem solving, biofeedback, and severe brain injury: The moderating role of positive affect. Rehabilitation Psychology.
  • Bertisch, H., Rivara, F. P., Kisala, P. A., Wang, J., Yeates, K. O., Durbin, D.........& Tulsky, D. S.  (2017).  Psychometric evaluation of pediatric and parent-proxy Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System and the Neurology and Traumatic Brain Injury Quality of Life Measurement item banks in pediatric traumatic brain injury.  Quality of Life Research, 26, 1887-1899. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28271316
  • Greenberg, L. M., Litke, D. R., Ray, K., Rath, J. F., Pigeon, W. R., Helmer, D. A., Anastasides, N., & McAndrew, L. M. (2017). Developing a problem-solving treatment for Gulf War Illness: Cognitive rehabilitation of veterans with complex post-deployment health concerns. Clinical Social Work Journal, 1-10. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10615-017-0616-7
  • Kim, S., Zemon, V., Rath, J. F., Picone, M., Gromisch, E. S., Glubo, H., Smith-Wexler, L. & Foley, F. W. (2017).  Screening instruments for the early detection of cognitive impairment in patients with multiple sclerosis.  International Journal of MS Care, 19, 1-10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28243180
  • Rath, J. F., Bertisch, H., & Elliott, T. R. (2017). Psychologists specializing in rehabilitation psychology.  In R. Sternberg (Ed.), Career paths in psychology: Where your degree can take you (3rd ed., pp. 227-243). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. http://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4313041.aspx?tab=2
  • Kesinger, M. R., Juengst, S. B., Bertisch, H., Niemeier, J. P., Krellman, J., Pugh, M. J.,... & Wagner, A. K. (2016). Acute trauma factor associations with suicidality across the first 5 years after moderate-to-severe with traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97, 1301-1308. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26987622
  • Bertisch, H., Kalpakjian, C. Z., Kisala, P. A., & Tulsky, D. S. (2015). Measuring positive affect and well-being after spinal cord injury: Development and psychometric characteristics of the SCI-QOL Positive affect and Well-Being bank and short form. Journal Spinal Cord Medicine, 38, 356-365. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26010970
  • Cho, Y. S., & Sohlberg, M. M. (2015). Training adults with brain injury how to help-seek when lost: A pilot study. Brain Impairment, 16, 1-14. doi: 10.1017/BrImp.2015.4
  • Li, X., Black, M., Xia S., Zhan, C., Bertisch, H. C., Branch, C. A., & DeLisi L. E. (2015).  Subcortical structure alterations impact language processing in individuals with schizophrenia and those at high genetic risk.  Schizophrenia Research, 169, 76-82. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26386898
  • Kim, S., Rath, J. F., McCraty, R., Zemon, V., Cavallo, M. M., & Foley, F. W. (2015). Heart rate variability biofeedback, self-regulation, and severe brain injury. Biofeedback, 43(1), 6-14. doi: 10.5298/1081-5937-43.1.10P
  • Lee, Y. S. C., Suchday, S., & Wylie-Rosett, J. (2015). Social support and networks and cardiovascular responses following provocation among Chinese Americans. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 17, 543-552. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24288021
  • Lee, Y. S. C., Ashman, T.A., Suzuki, W., & Shang, A. (2014). Brief report: Effects of exercise and self-affirmation intervention after traumatic brain injury. Neurorehabilitation, 35, 57-65. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24990010
  • Bertisch, H., Long, C., Rath, J. F., Rashid, T., & Ashman, T. A. (2014). Positive psychology in rehabilitation medicine: A brief report. NeuroRehabilitation 34, 573-85. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24448878
  • Rath, J. F., Bertisch, H., & Elliott, T. R. (2014). Groups in behavioral health and medical settings. In J. L. DeLucia-Waack, C. R. Kalodner, & M. T. Riva (Eds.), Handbook of group counseling and psychotherapy (2nd ed., pp. 340-350). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Bertisch, H., Long, C., Langenbahn, D. M., Rath, J. F., Diller, L., & Ashman, T. A. (2013). Anxiety as a primary predictor of functional impairment after acquired brain injury: A brief report. Rehabilitation Psychology, 58, 429–435. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24295531
  • Zhou, Y., Kierans, A., Kenul, D., Ge, Y., Rath, J. F., Reaume, J., Grossman, R., & Lui, Y. (2013). Longitudinal regional brain volume changes in mild traumatic brain injury patients. Radiology, 267, 880-890. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23481161
  • Kim, S., Zemon, V., Cavallo, M. M., Rath, J. F., McCraty, R., & Foley, F. W.  (2013). Heart rate variability biofeedback, executive functioning, and chronic brain injury. Brain Injury, 27, 209-222. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23384218
  • Lee, Y. S. C., Suchday, S., & Wylie-Rosett, J. (2012). Perceived social support, coping styles, and Chinese immigrants' cardiovascular responses to stress. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 19, 174-185. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21472482
  • Rath, J. F., & Elliott, T. R. (2012). Psychological models in rehabilitation psychology. In P. Kennedy (Ed.), Oxford handbook of rehabilitation psychology (pp. 32-46). New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199733989.013.0003
  • Elliott, T. R., & Rath, J. F. (2011). Rehabilitation psychology. In E. M. Altmaier & J. I. Hansen (Eds.), Oxford handbook of counseling psychology (pp. 679-702). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bertisch, H., Rath, J. F., Langenbahn, D. M., Sherr, R. L., & Diller, L. (2011). Group treatment in acquired brain injury rehabilitation.  Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 36, 264-277. http://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ949112
  • Rath, J. F., Hradil, A. L., Litke, D. R., & Diller, L. (2011). Clinical applications of problem-solving research in neuropsychological rehabilitation: Addressing the subjective experience of cognitive deficits in outpatients with acquired brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 56, 320-328. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22121939
  • Bertisch, H., Li, D., Hoptman, M., & DeLisi, L. E.  (2010). Heritability estimates for cognitive factors and brain white matter integrity as markers of schizophrenia. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 153B, 885-894. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20052692
  • Bertisch, H., Mesen-Fainardi, A., Martin, M. V., Pérez –Vargas, V.,  Vargas-Rodríguez, T., Delgado, G., …and the  Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Research Consortium (2009).  Neuropsychological performance as endophenotypes in extended schizophrenia families from the Central Valley of Costa Rica.  Psychiatric Genetics, 19, 45-52. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19125108
  • Bertisch, H. C., Fava, J., Kattan, A., & DeLisi, L. E. (2008).  Preliminary neuropsychological findings in individuals at high genetic risk for schizophrenia.  Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 2, 45-29. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21352131
  • Rath, J. F., Langenbahn, D. M., Simon, D., Sherr, R. L., Fletcher, J., & Diller, L. (2004). The construct of problem solving in higher level neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 19, 613-635. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15271407
  • Rath, J. F., Hennessy, J. J., & Diller, L. (2003). Social problem solving and community integration in post- acute rehabilitation outpatients with traumatic brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 48, 137-144. doi: 10.1037/0090-5550.48.3.137
  • Rath, J. F., Simon, D., Langenbahn, D. M., Sherr, R. L., & Diller, L. (2003). Group treatment of problem-solving deficits in outpatients with traumatic brain injury: A randomized outcome study. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 13, 461-488. doi: 10.1080/09602010343000039
  • Rath, J. F., Simon, D., Langenbahn, D. M., Sherr, R. L., & Diller, L. (2000). Measurement of problem-solving deficits in adults with acquired brain damage. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 15, 724-733. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15271407

Podcasts

Awards

  • Ellois, V. (2017). Senil SenGupta VA Travel Award for best poster. American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology and APA Division of Rehabilitation Psychology annual conference 
  • Childs, A. (2016). Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology’s Research Award for Best Oral Presentation. 
  • Childs, A. (2016). Senil SenGupta VA Travel Award for best poster. American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology and APA Division of Rehabilitation Psychology annual conference 
  • Lee, Y. S. C. (2015). Charles W. Haynes Pay It Forward Fellowship. North American Brain Injury Society. 
  • Glubo. H. (2014). Senil SenGupta VA Travel Award for best poster. American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology and APA Division of Rehabilitation Psychology annual conference. 
  • Glubo. H. (2014). Women in Rehabilitation Psychology Best Poster award. American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology and APA Division of Rehabilitation Psychology annual conference.
     

Team  Members

Joseph F. Rath, PhD, is the associate director for psychology research, training director, Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Rehabilitation Research, and director of the Neuropsychology Assessment and Intervention Lab. Currently funded through grants from NIDILRR, NIH, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, his major research interests include integrating cognitive and emotional interventions in neuropsychological rehabilitation, use of advanced neuroimaging techniques in TBI rehabilitation, training psychologists with disabilities, health disparities, and diversity issues in rehabilitation psychology. He can be contacted via email at joseph.rath@med.nyu.edu.

Hilary Bertisch, PhD, ABPP, is associate director for outcome assessment, Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Rehabilitation Research, and associate director of the Neuropsychology Assessment and Intervention Lab.  A board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Bertisch is funded through grants from CDC, NIMH, and DoD. Her major research interests include instrument development, outcome assessment, resilience, and comorbidities within TBI populations. She can be contacted via email at hilary.bertisch@nyumc.org.

Young Susan Cho, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a research assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and a licensed speech-language pathologist. Her research focuses on the development and implementation of interventions to address deficits in social problem solving. She is particularly interested in single case experimental design, implementation science, and novel interventions to improve help-seeking and wayfinding in individuals with acquired brain injury. She can be contacted via email at young.cho@nyumc.org

Yuen Shan Christine Lee, PhD, is a graduate of the ARRT psychology postdoctoral fellowship in rehabilitation research.  She is a senior psychologist at Rusk Rehabilitation and clinical instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.  In 2015, Dr. Lee was awarded the Charles W. Haynes Pay-It-Forward Fellowship from North American Brain Injury Society, which recognizes promising new professionals that best promote the NABIS mission of advancing brain injury treatment and outcomes. Her research interests include concussion outcome, positive psychology, health disparities, and culturally-sensitive interventions for individuals with ABI. She can be contacted via email at yuenshan.lee@nyumc.org.

Lucia Smith-Wexler, PhD, is a graduate of the ARRT psychology postdoctoral fellowship in rehabilitation research. She is a staff psychologist at Rusk Rehabilitation, providing Spanish-language services to adult outpatients with disabilities. Her clinical research interests include culturally sensitive neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation, cognitive remediation in acquired brain injury, and diet and nutrition after brain injury. She can be contacted at lucia.smith@nyumc.org.

Amanda Childs, PhD, is a graduate of the ARRT psychology postdoctoral fellowship in rehabilitation research.  In 2016, she received the Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology’s Research Award, as well as the Senil SenGupta VA Travel Award for her ARRT-funded project.  Dr. Childs is a staff psychologist at Rusk Rehabilitation, whose clinical research interests include concussion outcome, TBI rehabilitation, and emotional regulation. She can be contacted at amanda.childs@nyumc.org

Valerie Ellois, PhD, is a graduate of the ARRT psychology postdoctoral fellow in rehabilitation research.  In 2017, Dr Ellois received the Senil SenGupta VA Travel Award for best poster at the Rehabilitation Psychology annual conference in Albuquerque. Dr. Ellois is a staff psychologist at NYU Langone Health-Brooklyn. Her clinical research interests include health disparities in acquired brain injury, problematic substance use, emotional dysregulation, and suicidality. She can be contacted at valerie.ellois@nyumc.org.

Armando Fuentes, PhD, is a first-year ARRT psychology postdoctoral fellow in rehabilitation research. He completed his PhD is clinical psychology at Fordham University.  Dr. Fuentes’s clinical research interests include health disparities, culturally sensitive neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation with individuals from diverse racial/ethnic and linguistic backgrounds, and education and training in rehabilitation psychology.  He can be reached at armando.fuentes@nyumc.org.

Chelsea Schoen, PhD, is a first-year ARRT psychology postdoctoral fellow in rehabilitation research.  A graduate of the APA-accredited intern training program at Rusk Rehabilitation, she completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology (with a health emphasis) at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. Dr. Schoen’s research interests include cognition/mobility in older adults, health-related behaviors and rehabilitation outcomes, and the impact of anxiety/emotional self-regulation on fall risk in rehabilitation settings. She can be contacted at chelsea.schoen@nyumc.org.

Coralynn Long, MS, serves as a statistical and methodological consultant for the ARRT fellows. A doctoral candidate in the CUNY Graduate Center’s Educational Psychology program specializing in Quantitative Research Methods, her research interests include TBI assessment and outcome scale development using item response theory. She can be contacted via email at coralynn.long@nyumc.org.

Contact Information

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Rehabilitation Research
Rusk Rehabilitation
240 East 38th Street, ACC 17th Floor
New York, NY 10016
212-263-6183
joseph.rath@med.nyu.edu