Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Gerald Voelbel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. His main research interests focus on the neuropsychological deficits in neurological and psychiatric populations. An area of significant importance for Dr. Voelbel is the development of cognitive remediation techniques to improve cognitive deficits, such as processing speed, executive function and working memory in individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Voelbel investigates the remediation of the cognitive deficits as they relate to performing everyday tasks and psychological problems. An additional area of interest for Dr. Voelbel is the use of functional and structural imaging methods to identify biomarkers of cognitive deficits in concussions and in more severe traumatic brain injuries.
Latest Research on Concussions
Ongoing Research Projects
Currently Recruiting for the Following Studies
Speed of Information Processing Training in Traumatic Brain Injury
This study is investigating the utility of Speed of Processing training in Adults with Moderate or Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Individuals that participate undergo a neurocognitive assessment prior to the intensive training and after they complete the training.
You may qualify if:
- You have a traumatic brain injury
- Between the ages of 18-65 years old
- Medically healthy
- Speak and understand English
For more information Contact Gerald Voelbel, Ph.D. at email@example.com or (212) 998-5827.
- The investigation of cognitive impairment associated with concussions and other brain injuries.
- Investigations of cognitive remediation methods to improve cognitive deficits and functional impairments in neurological and psychiatric populations.
- Functional and structural neuroimaging tools to identify biomarkers associated with cognitive impairment and cognitive rehabilitation.
Department of Occupational Therapy
The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York University
Assistant Professor (2008-Present)
Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
New York University Langone Medical Center
Adjunct Assistant Professor (2011-Present)
- OT-GE 2010 - Neuroscience
- OT-GE 2745 - Mental Health Evaluations and Interventions
- OT-GE 2039 - Medical and Psychiatric Conditions
Co-Investigator: “Prospective Longitudinal Study of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)-Analysis Using Modern Imaging, Neurocognitive and Psychological Testing.” Department of Defense.
Funded: September, 2011 - August, 2013.
Principal Investigator: “Speed of Processing Training for Traumatic Brain Injury.” New York University Research Challenge Fund.
Funded: May 15, 2010 - May 31, 2012.
Co-Investigator: “Neurocognitive function and cerebral perfusion in cardiac surgery.” (R-21) National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
Funded: September, 2010 - August, 2012.
Co-Investigator: “Closed-loop fDOT imaging system for TBI.” Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Phase II, STTR). National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
Funded: September 30, 2007 - September 30, 2010.
Principal Investigator: “Functional near infrared spectroscopy of mild TBI.” Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Fellowship (F32), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
Funded: August 1, 2006 - July 31, 2008.