Principal Investigator: Dr. Peter Arnett

Dr. Arnett received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison under the mentoring of Dr. Joseph Newman. He subsequently completed two years of post-doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin under the supervision of Drs. Stephen Rao & Thomas Hammeke. He is currently a Professor in the Psychology Department, and the Director of the Neuropsychology of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Sports-Related Concussion and programs at Penn State University. CV link.

Career Highlights:
--Program Co-Chair for the 2010 International Neuropsychological Society (INS) Mid-Year Meeting
--National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) Fellow
--NAN Nelson Butters Award for Research Contributions to Clinical Neuropsychology
--NAN Presidential Commendation for Outstanding Service to Clinical Neuropsychology
--Editor, NAN Bulletin, 2015 to present
--Herndon Award for the OutstandingInternational Journal of MS Care Article, 2013
-- INS Board of Governors elected member, 2014-present
--Author of over 125 research articles and book chapters
--Author of over 200 scientific presentations
--Grant funding from National Multiple Sclerosis Society, NIH, NINDS, NIMH
--Editorial Boards for Neuropsychology, JINS, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, JCEN
--Chair of 20 doctoral dissertation committees
--Chair of 16 undergraduate honors theses
--Edited book entitled, Secondary Influences on Neuropsychological Test Performance published by Oxford University Press in 2013

Current Graduate Students


Jessie Meyer

 Jessie joined the lab in fall 2011. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Kenyon College she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital, assisting with clinical neuropsychological evaluations and working on clinical drug trials for Huntington's Disease. She has served as the project coordinator for the Sports-Related Concussion Program and has worked on several projects related to evaluating current methods of assessing the effects of sports-related concussion on cognitive and emotional functioning. Her dissertation research evaluates the effects of head trauma on cognitive functioning in victims of intimate partner violence. She is currently completing her clinical internship at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

 

 

Meg Cadden

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Meg is in her fifth year in the lab. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Bates College in 2011, and after graduation, accepted a clinical research position at Boston University School of Medicine as a research assistant at the Memory Disorders Research Center. She is currently engaged in various projects examining cognitive and emotional functioning in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Her master's thesis examined predictors of employment status among individuals with MS and her minor project explored the relationship between stigma, depression, and disease progression in individuals with multiple sclerosis. She received the 2015 Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship from The American Psychological Foundation (APF) to conduct her minor project! Her primary research interest is the interface of emotion and cognition in neurological disorders. She plans to explore this topic further in her dissertation by examining how cognitive reserve moderates aspects of this complex relationship.

 

Cristina Roman

Cristina joined the Arnett Lab in summer 2014. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Cristina is currently engaged in projects aimed at examining structural and functional brain changes in MS and how they relate to cognitive functioning and depression. She hopes to further examine the neural subtrates of MS through diffusion weighted imaging, volumetric analyses, and resting state functional connectivity. Her long-term objective is to develop a research program built on a symbiotic relationship between research and practice by utilizing neural substrates as diagnostic tools and treatment guides for individuals recovering from neurological and psychological disease. 

 

 

Erin Guty

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Erin joined the lab in fall 2015. After receiving her bachelor's degree from Princeton University, she worked at Harvard University, researching the cognitive and social cognitive deficits experienced by individuals with schizophrenia through the use of clinical neuropsychological evaluations and MRI scans. Erin is currently working on projects evaluating the factors that relate to deficits in cognitive and emotional functioning following concussion. She is primarily interested in the underlying mechanisms of cognitive deficits in individuals with neural dysfunction and the factors contributing to individual resiliency and vulnerability to such deficits with the ultimate goal of finding targets for intervention. She completed her Master's Thesis in 2017 and is the current Program Coordinator for the PSU Sports-Related Concussion Program.

 

Kaitlin Riegler

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Kaitlin is in her first year in the lab. She received her Bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University in 2013. Before joining the lab, Kaitlin worked for three years at Princeton University as the project coordinator for the NCAA-DOD Concussion, Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) consortium longitudinal clinical study. While at Princeton, she also worked as a project coordinator for the Big 10-Ivy League Academic Alliance “Epidemiology of Concussion in Ivy League/Big 10 Sports” project. Kaitlin is currently working on projects evaluating rates of depression in sport-related concussion. She is primary interested in identifying risk factors for prospectively sustaining a concussion and psychological factors impacting clinical recovery time and return to baseline neurocognitive functioning post-injury.

 

Graduate Student Alumni


Victoria Merritt

Victoria completed her clinical internship at UCSD/VA during the 2016-2017 year and is currently there for her postdoctoral fellowship. Victoria's dissertation research examined the relationship between genetic factors and neuropsychological outcome following sports-related concussion. Her dissertation won the Outstanding Dissertation Award at NAN! Throughout graduate school, Victoria served as the Program Coordinator for the PSU Sports Concussion Program and has been an active member of neuropsychology professional organizations.

Dede Ukueberuwa

Dede recently received a postdoctoral fellowship in the neuropsychology of trauma and resilience in the Operation Mend Clinic at the UCLA Semel Institute and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Her clinical research investigates emotional and functional consequences of traumatic brain injury in military veterans. Dede's work at Penn State focused on using neuropsychological assessment and structural and functional neuroimaging to study emotional and cognitive factors in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Dede founded the PSU chapter of the Association of Neuropsychological Students in Training and serves on a committee for the National Academy of Neuropsychology. She completed her clinical internship at VA Ann Arbor Healthcare/University of Michigan, and is now doing her postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at UCLA.

Gray Vargas

Gray completed her clinical internship at the VA Maryland Healthcare System and is now a Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuropsychology at the Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware. Recently, one of her studies on depression after concussion was covered by the Huffington Post! She has given talks and presented several posters at the annual INS and NAN conferences. She won best Student Poster at NAN in 2012 and first place in Social and Behavioral Sciences for her poster presented at the Penn State University Graduate Research Exhibition 2009. Gray has over 20 publications and numerous conference presentations.

Amanda Rabinowitz

Amanda Rabinowitz is an Institute Scientist and Director of the Brain Injury Neuropsychology Laboratory at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) in Philadelphia, PA. After completing her clinical clinical internship at Brown's Alpert School of Medicine, 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 Neurorehablitation. Her current research focuses on the pathophysiology and management of concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI). She studies psychosocial and cognitive contributions to acute and long-term outcomes from moderate-severe TBI through the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) sponsored Moss Rehab Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS), for which she is a co-investigator. She has a particular interest is the assessment and management of sports-related concussion, which she studies in collaboration with the MossRehab Concussion Center

Christopher M. Bailey

Chris graduated from Penn State University before completing an internship in neuropsychology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and then served as the chief fellow in neuropsychology during his post-doc at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Bailey is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  He also serves as the director of the UH Sports Medicine Concussion Center and the director of the Concussion Program for the Neurological Institute at University Hospitals. Dr. Bailey has worked collaboratively with multiple departments and specialties to update, integrate, and standardize concussion management services across a large hospital system in northeast Ohio, including developing a network of multidisciplinary concussion specialists with the goal of improving concussion identification and management on and off the sports field. Clinically, he has assisted in the neuropsychological management of concussion in all contexts, including work at all levels of sport. His current clinical roles include being the neuropsychological consultant to the Cleveland Browns, the Lake Erie Monsters, as well as multiple other universities, high schools, and youth sport leagues in northeast Ohio. Dr. Bailey has made several invited addresses at national conferences and written peer-reviewed articles and chapters focusing on sports concussion management, with a particular emphasis on understanding the factors which may influence the accuracy and validity of concussion testing and evaluation.

Lauren B. Strober

Lauren Strober graduated from PSU in 2007 and went on to complete her clinical internship at the Veterans Administration of Western NY in Buffalo. She then pursued a clinical postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Cleveland Clinic in which she attained an Epilepsy Foundation Behavioral Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. Upon completion of her post doctoral training, she accepted a position at Kessler Foundation in New Jersey and is presently a Senior Research Scientist in the Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Laboratory. She is a recipient of a National Institutes of Health K23 Career Development Award and is also funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and a Patterson Trust. Finally, Lauren is a staff neuropsychologist at Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation, a mental health consultant for the NMSS, and maintains clinical practices in New York and New Jersey. She presently lives along the Hudson in Tarrytown NY with her rescue dog, Darby.

Jared M. Bruce

Jared Bruce received his PhD in clinical psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and completed a post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology at Brown Medical School. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Dr. Bruce has authored more than 100 papers and presentations. He is the recipient of the 2014 Society for Clinical Neuropsychology Early Career Award. His current research examines the cognitive and emotional aspects of health decision-making.

Megan M. Smith

Megan Smith obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship and postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at Brown University. From 2009- 2014, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. In 2014, she returned to her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland to join the neuropsychology staff at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, where she conducts cognitive assessments with veterans and provides supervision to externs, interns, and postdoctoral fellows. Her major areas of research interest are cognition in neurodegenerative disorders and the neuropsychological correlates of depression.

Dawn Polen Silver

Dawn successfully completed her internship at the Tampa VA in Florida and then did her post-doctoral work at the Florida Atlantic University counseling center.  She has advanced training in neuropsychology, with a specialty in testing for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Personality Disorders, mild cognitive impairment, depression, and anxiety.  She is also trained in Florida family court mediation, and has received advanced training in sex therapy, completing all certification requirements in the state of Florida. Dr. Silver’s therapeutic areas of expertise are in psycho-education, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy), MI (Motivational Interviewing), as well as Solution Focused Therapy.  She has over 15 years of experience working clinically with adults; successfully treating individuals, couples, and families.

Aaron Rosenbaum

After getting his Ph.D. in 2008, Aaron served as a lecturer in psychology at Penn State for three years. In 2010, he moved to the market research industry (and to Philadelphia) where he has been for the last 5 years. His duties have involved designing surveys; managing data collection; conducting both basic and advanced business analytics (e.g., t-tests, cluster analysis, multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, etc.); and constructing and presenting reports detailing project findings. He is currently serving as a Senior Project Director at MSI International. On the side, he serves as a tutor for students taking stats courses, while also working as a statistical consultant with graduate students completing theses and dissertations. He lives in Conshohocken, PA.

Fiona H. Barwick

Fiona completed her internship at the Palo Alto VA, and then completed postdoctoral fellowships at the James A. Haley Florida VA, and the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System VA. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine.  Dr. Barwick specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatment for sleep disorders, including insomnia, parasomnias, sleep apnea, and circadian rhythms. In addition to having a solid foundation in psychological research, theory and practice, she has specialized experience in conducting neuropsychological assessments for adults across the lifespan and teaching compensatory cognitive strategies to individuals with brain injury.