Amanda Rabinowitz, PhD

Institute Scientist
Director of the Brain Injury Neuropsychology Laboratory
Amanda Rabinowitz, PhD
Bio

Dr. Rabinowitz’s research focuses on the neurobiological and psychosocial factors that influence recovery from concussion and traumatic brain injury. She is particularly interested in uncovering the underlying causes of persistent disability and dysfunction, which affect individuals across the spectrum of brain injury severity, even a proportion of those with so-called “mild” injuries.

She received her BA in psychology and cognitive science from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD in clinical psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. She went on to complete two post-doctoral fellowships—an NIH National Research Service Award at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Brain Injury & Repair, and a T32 fellowship in the MRRI/University of Pennsylvania training program in Translational Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation.

Dr. Rabinowitz has ongoing collaborations with investigators at MRRI, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems program. Alongside these colleagues, Dr. Rabinowitz’s work employs neuroimaging and behavioral assessment to study the pathophysiological, cognitive, and psychosocial consequences of brain injury.

Research Interests
  • Behavioral and neuroimaging markers of diffuse axonal injury.
  • Cognitive and emotional consequences of traumatic brain injury.
  • Personalized concussion assessment and management.
Publications

2015

Rabinowitz, A.R., Li, X., McCauley, S.R., Wilde, E.A., Barnes, A., Hanten, G., Mendez, D., McCarthy, J.J., & Levin, H.S. (2015). Prevalence and predictors of poor recovery from mTBI. Journal of Neurotrauma. Advanced online publishing. PMID: 25970233

Correia, S., Ahern, D.C., Rabinowitz, A.R., Farrer, T.J., Watts, A.K.S., Salloway, S., Malloy, P.F., Deoni, S.C.L. (2015). Lowering the floor on Trail Making Test Part B: psychometric evidence for a new scoring metric. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. Advanced online publishing. PMID: 26164816

Vargas, G.A., Rabinowitz, A.R., Meyer J., & Arnett, P.A. (2015). Predictors and prevalence of postconcussion depression symptoms in college athletes. Journal of Athletic Training, 50(3), 250-255. PMID: 25643158

Rabinowitz, A.R., Merritt V.C., & Arnett, P.A. (2015). The return-to-play incentive and the effect of motivation on neuropsychological test performance: Implications for baseline concussion testing. Developmental Neuropsychology, 40(1), 29-33. PMID: 25649777

Merritt V.C., Rabinowitz, A.R., & Arnett, P.A. (2015). Personality factors and symptom reporting at baseline in collegiate athletes. Developmental Neuropsychology, 40(1), 45-50. PMID: 25649780

Merritt V.C., Rabinowitz, A.R., & Arnett, P.A. (2015). Injury-related predictors of symptom severity following sports-related concussion. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 37(3), 265-275. PMID: 25685959

2014

Rabinowitz, A.R. & Levin, H.L. (2014). Cognitive sequelae of traumatic brain injury. Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 37(1), 1-11. PMID: 24529420

Rabinowitz, A.R., Li, X., & Levin, H.L. (2014). Sport and nonsport etiologies of mild traumatic brain injury: similarities and differences. Annual Review of Psychology. 65, 301-331. PMID: 24215134

2013

Rabinowitz, A.R., Arnett, P.A. (2013). Intraindividual cognitive variability before and after sports-related concussion. Neuropsychology. 27(4), 481-491. PMID: 23876120

2011

Ramanathan, D., Rabinowitz, A.R., Barwick, F.H., & Arnett, P.A. (2011). Validity of affect measurements in evaluating symptom reporting in athletes. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 18(1), 101-107. PMID: 22088829

Rabinowitz, A.R., Arnett, P.A. (2011). Reading based IQ estimates and actual premorbid cognitive performance: Discrepancies in a college athlete sample. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 18(1), 139-143. PMID: 22014188

2010

Rabinowitz, A.R., Fisher, A., & Arnett, P.A. (2010). Neurovegetative symptoms of depression in patients with multiple sclerosis: Fatigue not depression. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 16, 46-55. PMID: 21062520

2009

Rabinowitz, A.R. & Arnett, P.A (September, 2009). A longitudinal analysis of cognitive dysfunction, coping, and depression in multiple sclerosis. Neuropsychology, 23(5), 581-591. PMID: 19702412

2008

Pettinati, H.M, Kampman, K.M, Lynch, K.G., Xie, H., Dackis, C., Rabinowitz, A.R., O’Brien, C.P. (March, 2008). A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of the combination of disulfiram and naltrexone for the treatment of co-occurring cocaine and alcohol dependence. Addictive Behaviors, 33, 651-667. PMID: 18079068

2006

Pettinati, H.M., O’Brien, C.P., Rabinowitz, A.R., Wortman, S.M., Oslin, D.W., Kampman, K.M., Dackis, C., Lynch, K.G. (December, 2006). The status of naltrexone in the treatment of alcohol dependence: specific effects on heavy drinking. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 26, 610-625. PMID: 17110818

Pettinati, H.M. & Rabinowitz, A.R., (October, 2006). Choosing the right medication for the treatment of alcoholism. Current Psychiatry Reports, 8, 383-388. PMID: 16968619

Pettinati, H.M. & Rabinowitz, A.R., (May, 2006). New pharmacotherapies for treating the neurobiology of alcohol and drug addiction. Psychiatry (Edgemont), 3(5), 14-16. PMID: 21103174

2005

Wortman, S.M., Rabinowitz, A.R., Oslin D.W., (February, 2005). Psychopharmacology for alcohol dependence. Psychiatry (Edgemont), 2(2), 20-23. PMID: 21179631