Amanda Rabinowitz, PhD

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

Dr. Rabinowitz is interested in chronic brain injury outcomes across the spectrum of TBI severity. In particular, her work focuses on the psychosocial factors that confer resilience after brain injury, with an interest in self-regulation as a key mechanism. A number of Dr. Rabinowitz’s projects leverage mobile technology to augment brain injury assessment and intervention. She works with local and national collaborators on studies of long-term brain injury outcomes, including neuroimaging studies to elucidate neuropathological substrates of chronic and neurodegenerative effects of brain injury, and large epidemiological studies of participation in contact sports as a risk factor for cognitive and emotional dysfunction later in life.

Research Interests
  • Emotional functioning after TBI
  • Resilience
  • Mobile Health
  • Brain injury as a chronic health condition
  • Participation in contact sports as a risk factor for cognitive and emotional impairment in later life
Selected Publications

Below are selected publications by Dr. Rabinowitz.  For a full list of her published research, click here.


Hart, T., Rabinowitz, A. R., Whyte, J., & Kim, J. (2019). Pre-injury assessment of everyday executive function in moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychological rehabilitation29(7), 1085-1094.

Jantz, A. V., Nakase-Richardson, R., Rabinowitz, A., Stevens, L., Monden, K., Cotner, B., … & Silva, M. (2019). The Impact of Rehabilitation Needs on Satisfaction With Life: A VA TBIMS Study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation100(12), e205.

Merritt, V. C., Rabinowitz, A. R., Guty, E., Meyer, J. E., Greenberg, L. S., & Arnett, P. A. (2019). Financial incentives influence ImPACT validity indices but not cognitive composite scores. Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology41(3), 312-319.

Hart, T., Whyte, J., Vaccaro, M., & Rabinowitz, A. R. (2019). Self-Report of Outpatient Therapy Dose at 6 and 12 Months After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation100(5), 987-989.

Merritt, V. C., Greenberg, L. S., Guty, E., Bradson, M. L., Rabinowitz, A. R., & Arnett, P. A. (2019). Beyond measures of central tendency: novel methods to examine sex differences in neuropsychological performance following sports-related concussion in collegiate athletes. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 1-7.

Hart, T., Rabinowitz, A., Vaccaro, M., Chervoneva, I., & Wilson, J. (2019). Behavioral Activation Augmented With Mobile Technology for Depression and Anxiety in Chronic Moderate-Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation, 100027.

Choi, J. Y., Hart, T., Whyte, J., Rabinowitz, A. R., Oh, S. H., Lee, J., & Kim, J. J. (2019). Myelin water imaging of moderate to severe diffuse traumatic brain injury. NeuroImage: Clinical22, 101785.


Weiss, J., Rabinowitz, A. R., Deshpande, S. K., Hasegawa, R. B., & Small, D. S. (2018). Protocol for an Observational Study on the Effects of Early-Life Participation in Contact Sports on Later-Life Cognition in a Sample of Monozygotic and Dizygotic Swedish Twins Reared Together and Twins Reared Apart. arXiv preprint arXiv:1807.10558.

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