Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Rehabilitation Research

The Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship is funded through the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), and the U.S. Department of Education. The fellowship is designed to train psychology postdoctoral fellows in the skills necessary to become independent clinical researchers, specifically in the areas of brain injury and neuropsychological rehabilitation. The focus is on the assessment and treatment of adults with neurocognitive disorders, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, and other conditions that impact cognitive functioning. Innovative neurorehabilitation intervention methods, especially those related to problem solving and emotional self-regulation, are primary areas of interest, along with the impact of diversity and demographic factors on outcome, including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and socioeconomic status.

Fellows participate in a variety of collaborative projects within Rusk Rehabilitation, including TBI Model Systems studies (Tamara Bushnik, PI) and Enhancing Emotional Regulation Post-TBI: Probing Neural Circuitry with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (Preeti Raghavan, PI). In addition, fellows participate in federally-funded collaborative projects with other departments; current collaborations with Radiology include Brain Oxygen Metabolism and Hemodynamic Impairment in Multiple Sclerosis (Yulin Ge, PI) and Quantitative MRI and 1H-MRS in Traumatic Brain Injury (Yvonne Lui, PI).

Projects

Rusk Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Postdoctoral Fellowship (Joseph Rath, Project Director) is a NIDRR-funded five-year grant designed to train psychology postdoctoral fellows in advanced rehabilitation research techniques. Fellows collaborate on established projects and conduct independent research with an emphasis on study inception, manuscript writing, and grant applications. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in ongoing clinical care of adult outpatients, including neuropsychological assessment, cognitive remediation, and psychotherapy. Applications are accepted starting in December each year for full-time two-year positions that begin the following September.

Brain Oxygen Metabolism and Hemodynamic Impairment in Multiple Sclerosis (Yulin Ge, PI) is a collaboration with the Department of Radiology, funded by the National Institute on Neurological Disability and Stroke (NINDS), designed to investigate oxygen delivery and consumption abnormalities tightly linked to vascular endothelial and mitochondrial dysfunction and consequent neuronal injury using several advanced MRI techniques in early relapsing remitting and advanced secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Dr. Rath is a co-investigator on this study.

Quantitative MRI and 1H-MRS in Traumatic Brain Injury (Yvonne Lui, PI) is another NINDS-funded collaboration with the Department of Radiology. The goals are to describe and quantify thalamic abnormalities following mild TBI in a well-characterized patient cohort and determine how these alterations correlate with clinical symptoms and neuropsychological tests in a longitudinal study. Dr. Rath is a co-investigator on this study.

Cognitive Rehabilitation for Gulf War Illness (Lisa McAndrew, PI) is a collaboration between Rusk Rehabilitation and the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) of the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in East Orange, NJ. The goal of this study, funded through the Department of Veteran Affairs, is to evaluate the effectiveness of problem-solving interventions developed at Rusk Rehabilitation for treating the diverse cognitive and emotional symptoms experienced by Veterans with Gulf War Illness. Dr. Rath is a co-investigator on this study.

Publications

  • Bertisch, H., Long, C., Rath, J. F., Rashid, T., & Ashman, T. A. (in press). Positive psychology in rehabilitation medicine: A brief report. NeuroRehabilitation. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24448878
  • Lee, Y. S. C., Ashman, T. A., Shang, A., & Suzuki, W. (in press). Brief report: Effects of exercise and self-affirmation intervention after traumatic brain injury. NeuroRehabilitation.
  • Lee, Y. S. C., Suchday, S., & Wylie-Rosett, J. (in press). Social support and networks and cardiovascular responses following recall on immigration stress among Chinese Americans. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24288021
  • Rath, J. F., Bertisch, H., & Elliott, T. R. (2014). Groups in behavioral health and medical settings. In J. L. DeLucia-Waack, C. R. Kalodner, & M. T. Riva (Eds.), Handbook of group counseling and psychotherapy (2nd ed.)(pp. 340-350). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Bertisch, H., Long, C., Langenbahn, D. M., Rath, J. F., Diller, L., & Ashman, T. A. (2013). Anxiety as a primary predictor of functional impairment after acquired brain injury: A brief report. Rehabilitation Psychology, 58, 429–435. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24295531
  • Zhou, Y., Kierans, A., Kenul, D., Ge, Y., Rath, J. F., Reaume, J., Grossman, R., & Lui, Y. (2013). Longitudinal regional brain volume changes in mild traumatic brain injury patients. Radiology, 267, 880-890. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23481161
  • Kim, S., Zemon, V., Cavallo, M. M., Rath, J. F., McCraty, R., & Foley, F. W.  (2013). Heart rate variability biofeedback, executive functioning, and chronic brain injury. Brain Injury, 27, 209-222. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23384218
  • Lee, Y. S. C., Suchday, S., & Wylie-Rosett, J. (2012). Perceived social support, coping styles, and Chinese immigrants' cardiovascular responses to stress. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 19, 174-185. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21472482
  • Rath, J. F., & Elliott, T. R. (2012). Psychological models in rehabilitation psychology. In P. Kennedy (Ed.), Oxford handbook of rehabilitation psychology (pp. 32-46).New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199733989.013.0003
  • Elliott, T. R., & Rath, J. F. (2011). Rehabilitation psychology. In E. M. Altmaier & J. I. Hansen(Eds.), Oxford handbook of counseling psychology (pp. 679-702). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bertisch, H., Rath, J. F., Langenbahn, D. M., Sherr, R. L., & Diller, L. (2011). Group treatment in acquired brain injury rehabilitation.  Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 36, 264-277. http://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ949112
  • Rath, J. F., Hradil, A. L., Litke, D. R., & Diller, L. (2011). Clinical applications of problem-solving research in neuropsychological rehabilitation: Addressing the subjective experience of cognitive deficits in outpatients with acquired brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 56, 320-328. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22121939
  • Bertisch, H., Li, D., Hoptman, M., & DeLisi, L. E.  (2010). Heritability estimates for cognitive factors and brain white matter integrity as markers of schizophrenia. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 153B, 885-894. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20052692
  • Bertisch, H., Mesen-Fainardi, A., Martin, M. V., Pérez –Vargas, V.,  Vargas-Rodríguez, T., Delgado, G., Delgado, C., Llach, M., LaPrade, B., Byerley, W.,  Bunney, W. E., Vawter, M. P., DeLisi, L. E. and the  Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Research Consortium (2009).  Neuropsychological performance as endophenotypes in extended schizophrenia families from the Central Valley of Costa Rica.  Psychiatric Genetics, 19, 45-52. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19125108
  • Bertisch, H. C., Fava, J., Kattan, A., & DeLisi, L. E. (2008).  Preliminary neuropsychological findings in individuals at high genetic risk for schizophrenia.  Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 2, 45-29.   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21352131
  • Rath, J. F., Langenbahn, D. M., Simon, D., Sherr, R. L., Fletcher, J., & Diller, L. (2004). The construct of problem solving in higher level neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 19, 613-635. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15271407
  • Rath, J. F., Hennessy, J. J., & Diller, L. (2003). Social problem solving and community integration in post- acute rehabilitation outpatients with traumatic brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 48, 137-144. doi: 10.1037/0090-5550.48.3.137
  • Rath, J. F., Simon, D., Langenbahn, D. M., Sherr, R. L., & Diller, L. (2003). Group treatment of problem-solving deficits in outpatients with traumatic brain injury: A randomized outcome study. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 13, 461-488. doi: 10.1080/09602010343000039
  • Rath, J. F., Simon, D., Langenbahn, D. M., Sherr, R. L., & Diller, L. (2000). Measurement of problem-solving deficits in adults with acquired brain damage. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 15, 724-733. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15271407

Lab Members

Joseph F. Rath, PhD, is the associate director for psychology research and training director, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Rehabilitation Research. Currently funded through grants from NIDRR, NIH, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, his major research interests include integrating cognitive and emotional interventions in neuropsychological rehabilitation, use of advanced neuroimaging techniques in TBI, training psychologists with disabilities, health disparities, and diversity issues in rehabilitation psychology. He can be contacted at 212-263-6183 or via email at joseph.rath@med.nyu.edu.

Hilary Bertisch, PhD, is a senior psychologist and clinical assistant professor at Rusk where she conducts post-doctoral supervision, collaborates on a variety of research initiatives, and provides clinical services to outpatients. Her research interests include developing and evaluating innovative neuropsychological assessment and neurorehabilitation approaches. She can be contacted at 212-263-2282 or at hilary.bertisch@nyumc.org.

Sonya Kim, PhD, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, a licensed clinical psychologist, and a certified rehabilitation counselor. Her major research interests include cognitive deficits in multiple sclerosis, chronic TBI, and exploring mechanisms and interventions that help rehabilitate functioning post-brain injury. She can be contacted at 212-263-4849 or via email at sonya.kim@nyumc.org.

Yuen Shan Christine Lee, PhD, is a graduate of the postdoctoral fellowship in rehabilitation research and a staff psychologist at Rusk. Her research interests include positive psychology, health disparities, and innovative, culturally-sensitive interventions for outpatients with acquired brain injury (ABI). She can be contacted at 646-501-7758 or via email at christineyuenshan.lee@nyumc.org.

Heather Glubo, PhD, is a second-year rehabilitation psychology postdoctoral fellow, whose research interests include diversity issues and health disparities, TBI, multiple sclerosis, and post-traumatic growth. She has presented at numerous national conferences and has held leadership positions within the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) and the American Psychological Association. She can be contacted at 212-263-6165 or heather.glubo@nyumc.org.

Lucia Smith-Wexler, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at Rusk Rehabilitation. Her research interests include cognitive changes in multiple sclerosis, cognitive remediation in acquired brain injury, and eating disorders after brain injury. She can be contacted at 212-263-0077 or lucia.smith@nyumc.org.

Coralynn Long, MS, is a psychology assistant at Rusk and a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Educational Psychology program specializing in Quantitative Research Methods. Her research interests include TBI assessment and outcome scale development using item response theory. She can be contacted at 212-263-4846 or at coralynn.long@nyumc.org.

Contact Information

212-263-6183
joseph.rath@med.nyu.edu