Brain Injury Neuropsychology Laboratory

Director: Amanda Rabinowitz, PhD


The Brain Injury Neuropsychology Laboratory studies the neurobiological and psychosocial factors that influence recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI) across the spectrum of injury severity.

Programs of Research

  • The use of mobile technology for brain injury rehabilitation assessment and intervention
  • Neuropathological substrates of chronic and neurodegenerative effects of brain injury
  • Treatment of depression in persons with moderate-severe TBI
  • Resilience after brain injury
  • Chronic effects of moderate-severe TBI on functional outcomes and brain health
  • Participation in contact sports as a risk factor for cognitive and emotional impairment in later life

Current Projects

  • Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Project
    Moss is one of 16 centers across the country that is funded by the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) as a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System. This grant supports a 16-center network to study outcomes and treatment of TBI collaboratively as well as a local program of research.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Long Term Health (In collaboration with Frank Hillary at Pennsylvania State University)
  • Pennsylvania Consortium on TBI (PACT; In collaboration with Douglas Smith and Randy Swanson at University of Pennsylvania)
  • A randomized controlled trial of Behavioral Activation (BA) augmented with technology for improving mood functioning after TBI.


Clinical-Research Associates:

  • Max Shmidheiser, PsyD, at Moss Rehab Concussion Center