Professor, Director of Brain Injury Research
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Kristen Dams-O’Connor, Ph.D. is Director of the Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai and Professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience at Colgate University, a PhD at the University at Albany, doctoral training at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University Medical Center and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Dams-O’Connor is dedicated to improving the lives of people living with brain injury. Her research is focused on identifying mechanisms, risk and protective factors for post-traumatic neurodegeneration in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and repetitive head trauma sustained through sports participation, military service, and intimate partner violence. Her team uses modern psychometric and statistical techniques to measure individual differences in trajectories of change over time among survivors of TBI. One goal of this work is to improve diagnosis of secondary post-traumatic conditions during life so they can be treated. She leads the Late Effects of TBI (LETBI) Project, a TBI brain donor program focused on characterizing the clinical phenotype and postmortem pathological signatures of post-traumatic dementia and their associations with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. She is also Project Director of the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of care, one of 16 centers of excellence for TBI research in the United States. Her research is currently supported by federal grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control, and Patient Reported Outcomes Research Institute. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and chapters on TBI treatments and outcomes, and has presented her research internationally.
Her clinical expertise is in neuropsychological assessment and intervention for individuals with neurological diseases. As an expert in neurobehavioral interventions, including cognitive remediation and compensatory strategy training, she was a founding author of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual and has provided training in the delivery of evidence-based cognitive interventions for thousands of clinicians across the world.
Dr. Dams-O’Connor is internationally recognized for her work in TBI. She has served as a subject matter expert to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense, the Congressional Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, and has chaired and served on working groups to establish TBI research priorities by the Veterans Administration, Cohen Veterans Bioscience, the Brain Injury Association of America, and the National Institutes of Health.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
4:00 PM – 4:17 PM ET