Amanda Rabinowitz, PhD

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

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.


Rabinowitz, A. R., Hart, T., Whyte, J., & Kim, J. (2018). Neuropsychological recovery trajectories in moderate to severe traumatic brain injury: Influence of patient characteristics and diffuse axonal injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society24(3), 237-246.

Rabinowitz, A. R., Deshpande, S. K., & Small, D. S. (2018). Sensitivity to the Deficits Associated With Traumatic Brain Injury or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy—reply. JAMA neurology75(1), 131-132. https://doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.3572

DiSanto, D., Kumar, R. G., Juengst, S. B., Hart, T., O’Neil-Pirozzi, T. M., Zasler, N. D., … & Rabinowitz, A. R. (2018). Employment Stability in the First 5 Years After Moderate-to-Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation

Rabinowitz, A. R., & Arnett, P. A. (2018). Positive psychology perspective on traumatic brain injury recovery and rehabilitation. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult25(4), 295-303.


Hart, T., Rabinowitz, A. R., Whyte, J., & Kim, J. (2017). Pre-injury assessment of everyday executive function in moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychological rehabilitation, 1-10.

Deshpande, S. K., Hasegawa, R. B., Rabinowitz, A. R., Whyte, J., Roan, C. L., Tabatabaei, A., … & Small, D. S. (2017). Association of playing high school football with cognition and mental health later in life. JAMA neurology74(8), 909-918.  doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.1317

Ware, J. B., Hart, T., Whyte, J., Rabinowitz, A., Detre, J. A., & Kim, J. (2017). Inter-subject variability of axonal injury in diffuse traumatic brain injury. Journal of neurotrauma34(14), 2243-2253.

Merritt, V. C., Rabinowitz, A. R., & Arnett, P. A. (2017). The influence of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene on subacute post-concussion neurocognitive performance in college athletes. Archives of clinical neuropsychology33(1), 36-46.

Solmaz, B., Tunç, B., Parker, D., Whyte, J., Hart, T., Rabinowitz, A., … & Verma, R. (2017). Assessing connectivity related injury burden in diffuse traumatic brain injury. Human brain mapping38(6), 2913-2922.


Rabinowitz, A. R., Merritt, V., & Arnett, P. A. (2016). A pilot investigation of the Motivation Behaviors Checklist (MBC): An observational rating scale of effort towards testing for baseline sports-concussion assessment. Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology38(6), 599-610.

Rabinowitz, A. R., & Smith, D. H. (2016). Traumatic brain injury and rationale for a neuropsychological diagnosis of diffuse axonal injury. In Genes, Environment and Alzheimer’s Disease (pp. 267-293).


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.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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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