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Gerald Voelbel

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy; Director of Rehabilitation Sciences; Co-Director of Center of Health and Rehabilitation Research

Occupational Therapy


Gerald Voelbel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Director of the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program, and Co-Director of the Center of Health and Rehabilitation Research. 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.

Selected Publications


  • Liberta, T.A., Kagiwada, M., Ho, K., Spat-Lemus, J., Voelbel, G.T., Kohn, A., Perrine, K., Josephs, L., McLean, E.A., & Sacks-Zimmerman, A. (2020). An Investigation of Cogmed Working Memory Training for Neurological Surgery Patients. Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery.21,
  • Lee, C.D. & Voelbel, G.T. (2020). Occupational Therapy Intervention for Preventing Prescription Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults. Special Interest Section Quarterly Practice Connection. 
  • Newman, R.M., Alfano, C., Radomski, M.V., Pergolotti, M., Wolf, T, Sleight, A., Leak, A.B., Voelbel, G.T., de Moor, J., Nitkin, R., Daniels, E., Braveman, B., Walker, R.K., Williams, G., Winters-Stone, K.M., Cheville, A., Campbell, S., Lawlor, M., King, A., Ness, K., Srivastava, P., Lyons, K.D. (2019). Catalyzing Research to Optimize Cancer Survivors’ Participation in Work and Life Roles. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health.  
  • Voelbel, G.T., Wu, Z., Tortarolo, C., & Bates, M.E. (2016). Executive Dysfunction and Processing Speed Predict Nonverbal Problem Solving Deficits in a Substance Use Disorder Population. International Journal of Brain Disorders and Treatment. 2(1), 1-5.
  • Halkitis, P.N., D’Avanzo, P., Stults, C.B., Levy, M.D., Krause, K.D., Kupprat, S.A., Voelbel.G.T., Urbina, A.E., Kapadia, F. (2016). Neurocognitive functioning in an urban clinic-based sample of adults ages 50 and older living with HIV. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Service.
  • Stojanovic-Radic, J., Wylie, G., Voelbel, G.T., Chiaravalloti, N., & DeLuca, J. (2014). Neuroimaging and Cognition using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) in Multiple Sclerosis. Brain Imaging and Behavior. Published online June 11. 2014, DOI:10.1007/s11682-014-9307-y
  • Bates, M.E., Buckman, J.F., Voelbel, G.T., Eddie, D., & Freeman, J. (2013). The mean and the individual: Integrating variable-centered and person-centered analyses of cognitive recovery in patients with substance use disorders. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 4, 177 doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00177
  • Voelbel, G.T., Genova, H.M., Chiaravalotti, N.D., & Hoptman, M.J. (2012). Diffusion Tensor Imaging of Traumatic Brain Injury Review: Implications for Neurorehabilitation. NeuroRehabilitation, 31(3), 281-293.
  • Yu, T-Y, Hinojosa, J., Howe, T-H, & Voelbel, G. (2012). Contribution of tactile and kinesthetic perceptions to handwriting in Taiwanese children in first and second grade. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 32 (3), 87-94. doi:10.3928/15394492-20111209-02


Occupational Therapy

NYU Steinhardt’s occupational therapy program educates both aspiring OTs and credentialed professionals looking to further develop their practices.

Rehabilitation Sciences

Prepare for a career in interdisciplinary rehabilitation research through intensive study across health fields and work with faculty leaders.


Medical and Psychiatric Conditions

Etiology, pathology, and sequela of selected medical, psychiatric, orthopedic, and neurological conditions that frequently necessitate occupational therapy intervention. Standard diagnostic systems and somatic treatments are reviewed.
Course #
OT-GE 2039


Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology underlying occupational therapy theory and practice. A foundation in neuroscience to facilitate understanding of human performance as the culmination of the influences of multiple systems.
Course #
OT-GE 2010