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Dr. Dobryakova of Kessler Foundation is the recipient of INS 2019 Early Career Award

Ekaterina Dobryakova, Ph.D., of Kessler Foundation, honored with International Neuropsychological Society's Early Career Award at annual meeting in NYC

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IMAGE: Dr. Dobryakova, research scientist at Kessler Foundation, is the 2019 recipient of the International Neuropsychological Society's Early Career Award. view more 

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East Hanover, NJ. February 21, 2019. Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD, of Kessler Foundation, is this year's recipient of the International Neuropsychological Society's (INS) Early Career Award. The award ceremony is scheduled for Friday, February 22, 2019 at 8: 00 am at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, the site of the 47th Annual Meeting of the INS. Dr. Dobryakova is a research scientist in the Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation, under the leadership of Dr. Nancy Chiaravalloti.

Each year, the Early Career Award recognizes a young investigator, less than 10 years post terminal degree, for scientific achievement in research, education or service. This award's criteria specify achievements in independent research in the field of neuropsychology, a national reputation, and appropriate productivity.

Dr. Dobryakova conducts clinical research in populations with cognitive dysfunction caused by traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis. She incorporates functional neuroimaging in her research, which focuses on the activity of the fronto-striatal network in fatigue and outcome processing in these populations. Her findings indicate that noninvasive, nonpharmacologic interventions may be useful for addressing deficits in learning processes, and in ameliorating the impact of debilitating cognitive fatigue.

"This recognition by INS is greatly appreciated," said Dr. Dobryakova. "I plan to continue to explore new behavioral interventions for the cognitive challenges caused by brain injury and multiple sclerosis. Through my work, I hope to contribute to improving the lives of individuals, their families, and caregivers."

Dr. Dobryakova is the author of 20 peer-reviewed articles, and chapters in the Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognition and Behavior in Multiple Sclerosis. Prior honors include a 2016 Switzer Fellowship, funded by the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), a 2015 Independent Investigator Grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, and recognition by the New Jersey Neuropsychological Society. Her research funding includes NIDILRR, National MS Society, New Jersey Health Foundation, and the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. Dr. Dobryakova was recently elected Co-Chair Elect of the ACRM's Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group, serves as Communication Task Force Chair of ACRM's Early Career Networking Group, and is an active member of the communications committee for the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. She is a research assistant professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.


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