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Dawn Neumann

Dawn M. Neumann, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Prior Positions and Experience

2003-2007 Teaching Assistant, Department of Rehabilitation Science, State University of New York at Buffalo
2002-2003 Research Assistant, Department of Rehabilitation Science, State University of New York at Buffalo
2001-2002 Neurorehabilitation Specialist and Community Relations Representative, Community Skills Program, Marlton, N.J.
2000-2001 Director of Cognitive Therapy, Universal Rehabilitation, Livingston, N.J.
1999-2000 Cognitive Therapist, Headways, Oradell, N.J.
1998-1999 Cognitive Therapist, Cognitive Remediation Program, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, East Orange, N.J.


  • January 2009 - Enhancing Rehabilitation Research in the South (ERRIS), University of Virginia (Grant writing workshop)
  • PhD: 2008, Rehabilitation Science, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Certification in Advanced Rehabilitation for Persons with Acquired Brain Injury, Level 2: 2005, Ontario Brain Injury Association and Brock University (St. Catherines, Ontario)
  • Advanced Graduate Certificate in Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology: 2005, Department of Rehabilitation Science, University at Buffalo
  • MA: 1999, Psychology, Rutgers University (Newark, N.J.)
  • BA: 1995, Psychology, Richard Stockton College (Pomona, N.J.)

Research Interests

Dr. Neumann’s research focuses on understanding and addressing a variety of emotional difficulties that are commonly experienced by people with traumatic brain injury (TBI).One specific area of interest is the ability of persons with TBI to recognize how others are feeling. Numerous studies have found that affect recognition, a skill that is important for guiding social behaviors, is often compromised after a brain injury. For her dissertation, she developed and tested the effectiveness of multiple therapeutic approaches designed to improve emotion perception in persons with TBI. This work has evolved into a NIDRR funded multi-site study that is currently underway, for which she is the local Principal Investigator.This research is expected to be the impetus for future studies that will identify and address difficulties with nonverbal communication during social interactions.

Additional research interests center around assessing, understanding and treating abnormal emotional responses and emotion dysregulation in people with TBI. Persistent emotional sequelae are usually associated with long-term behavioral impairments that negatively impact relationships with family and friends, and impede successful community re-integration. Research will focus on commonly reported socio-emotional behavioral problems such as irritability, aggression and apathy.

Recent Publications

Graham, J., Radice-Neumann, D., Reistetter, T., Hammond, F., Disjkers, M., Granger, C. (2010). Influence of Sex and Age on Inpatient Rehabilitation Outcomes Among Older Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91 (Jan), 43-50.

Radice-Neumann, D., Zupan, B., Tomita, M., and Willer, B. (2009). Training Emotional Processing in Persons with Brain Injury, Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 24(5), 313-323.

Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D., and Willer, B. The Importance of Vocal Affect to Bimodal Processing of Emotion: Implications for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Communication Disorders, Journal of Communicative Disorders, 2009; Jan-Feb;42(1):1-17. [PMID: 18692197]

Radice-Neumann D, Zupan B, Babbage D, Willer B. Overview of impaired facial affect recognition in persons with traumatic brain injury. Brain Inj 2007; 21: 807-816. [PMID: 17676438]

Neumann D, Zupan B, Willer B. Article 5: Controlled study of affect recognition training for persons with traumatic brain injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2007; 88: e2-e2. [Abstract]

Current, Recent and Pending Grant Support

Grant Title: Controlled study of affect recognition training for individuals with traumatic brain injury
Funding Agency: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Field Initiated Grant

Grant Title: An intervention to enhance performance of persons with traumatic brain injury
Funding Agency: Mark Diamond Research Fund (# SP-06-20)
Role: Principal Investigator
Years: 2006-2008

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