Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center


Asarnow, Robert, Ph.D.


Recovery of function following pediatric brain injury; Neurocognitive function in acquired and genetic brain disease


  • Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
  • Professor in Residence, Clinical Psychology
  • Member, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


There are three major foci of Asarnow’s current research. The first is a family genetic study of children with schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder which systematically evaluated alternative ways of measuring the schizophrenia phenotype.

The second focus of Asarnow’s research is studies examining the neurobehavioral sequelae of traumatic brain injuries in children and adults. These are prospective, epidemiological studies that assess language, cognition and school and adaptive functioning in children and adults who have suffered significant traumatic brain injuries.

The third major theme is studies examining the neurobehavioral outcomes in children who receive resective surgery for “catastrophic” epilepsies. A major focus of that work is an attempt to identify the conditions under which the developing brain demonstrates functional plasticity.


  1. Keleher, F, Lindsey, HM, Kerestes, R, Amiri, H, Asarnow, RF, Babikian, T et al.. Multimodal Analysis of Secondary Cerebellar Alterations After Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury. JAMA Netw Open. 2023;6 (11):e2343410. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.43410. PubMed PMID:37966838 PubMed Central PMC10652147.
  2. Smevik, H, Habli, S, Saksvik, SB, Kliem, E, Evensmoen, HR, Conde, V et al.. Poorer sleep health is associated with altered brain activation during cognitive control processing in healthy adults. Cereb Cortex. 2023;33 (11):7100-7119. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhad024. PubMed PMID:36790738 PubMed Central PMC10233256.
  3. Kennedy, E, Vadlamani, S, Lindsey, HM, Lei, PW, Jo-Pugh, M, Adamson, M et al.. Bridging Big Data: Procedures for Combining Non-equivalent Cognitive Measures from the ENIGMA Consortium. bioRxiv. 2023; :. doi: 10.1101/2023.01.16.524331. PubMed PMID:36712107 PubMed Central PMC9882238.
  4. Bickart, KC, Olsen, A, Dennis, EL, Babikian, T, Hoffman, AN, Snyder, A et al.. Frontoamygdala hyperconnectivity predicts affective dysregulation in adolescent moderate-severe TBI. Front Rehabil Sci. 2022;3 :1064215. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2022.1064215. PubMed PMID:36684686 PubMed Central PMC9845889.
  5. Asarnow, RF, Newman, N, Su, E, Weiss, RE. Understanding Associations Between Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury-Reply. JAMA Pediatr. 2022;176 (1):102-103. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.4281. PubMed PMID:34694335 .
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