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Kristen Dams-O'Connor

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Rehabilitation Medicine
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Education

  • PhD, University at Albany, State University of New York

  • BA, Colgate University
    Neuroscience

  • Internship, Psychology
    Rusk Institute

Biography

    Dr. Dams-O’Connor is a clinical neuropsychologist and instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and a licensed psychologist in the state of New York.  She specializes in neuropsychological assessment, neurorehabilitation, and cognitive remediation. She specializes in working with adults with neurological impairments resulting from traumatic brain injury, stroke, anoxia, sports concussion, brain tumors, dementia, and movement disorders.  Dr. Dams-O’Connor employs evidence-based, innovative, goal-oriented interventional approaches to enhance cognitive and adaptive functioning, and to improve self-awareness and social skills.

    Dr. Dams-O’Connor is the training director of the predoctoral externship program in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation research at the Brain Injury Research Center of the Depertment of Rehabilitation Medicine. She is also a co-investigator in the Mount Sinai Injury Control Research Center, and the Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge of TBI project. 

    Dr. Dams-O’Connor received her doctorate in counseling psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation research at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Research

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Dr. Dams-O'Connor is involved in research on traumatic brain injury (TBI).  She is currently involved in a variety of projects and clinical trials in the following topics:

  • A trial on the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation day treatment following TBI
  • Validation of a brain injury screening instrument
  • A trial on the effects of aerobic exercise on mood, cognition, and fatigue following TBI
  • Sports concussion
  • Long-term outcomes and aging with TBI
  • Neuroimaging and proteomics in TBI

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr. Dams-O'Connor did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2012 and/or 2013: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website at http://icahn.mssm.edu/about-us/services-and-resources/faculty-resources/handbooks-and-policies/faculty-handbook. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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