Kristen Dams-O'Connor

Kristen Dams-O'Connor, PhD

  • PROFESSOR | Rehabilitation and Human Performance
  • PROFESSOR | Neurology


Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine

Dr. Dams-O'Connor is Director of the Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai, a clinical neuropsychologist 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 postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and a predoctoral internship in neurorehabilitation at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University Medical Center. She received her Ph.D. from the University at Albany.


She has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and chapters on traumatic brain injury treatments and outcomes, and has presented her research internationally. Her primary fields of clinical and research expertise are in long-term outcomes after brain injury, intersections of TBI and neurodegenerative disease, neuropsychological assessment, and cognitive rehabilitation for individuals with neurological diseases.

Dr. Dams-O'Connor sees patients in the Rehabilitation Neuropsychology Faculty Practice (212-241-2221) for neuropsychological assessment and neurocognitive remediation. She is also Director of the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of Care and a Founding Board Member of the New York Neurotrauma Consortium. Under her leadership, the Brain Injury Research Center ( develops and tests new treatments for TBI, investigates long-term health and functional TBI outcomes, and studies the mechanism and pathology of post-traumatic neurodegeneration and its relationships with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRDs).

Current projects focus on applying modern psychometric and statistical techniques to measure individual differences in trajectories of change over time among survivors of TBI. Her research is currently supported by federal grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Institutefor Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and Department of Defense.


Clinical Focus

  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Tumor And Brain Cancer
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Concussion
  • Dementia
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Multi-Disciplinary Training Area

Neuroscience [NEU]


BA, Colgate University

PhD, University at Albany, State University of New York

Internship, Psychology, Cabrini Medical Center

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