Robert Stern, PhD

Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Anatomy &  Neurobiology
Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Center Clinical Core
Director of Clinical Research, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center

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Dr. Robert Stern is Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Clinical Core of the BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center (one of only 27 centers funded by the National Institutes of Health, NIH), and Director of Clinical Research for the BU Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center.  A major focus of his research involves the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma in athletes, including the neurodegenerative disease, CTE.  He has funding from NIH and the Department of Defense for his work on developing methods of detecting and diagnosing CTE during life, as well as examining potential genetic and other risk factors for this disease.  His other major areas of funded research include the assessment and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, the cognitive effects of chemotherapy in the elderly, thyroid-brain relationships, and driving and dementia.  Dr. Stern has also published on various aspects of cognitive assessment and is the senior author of many widely used neuropsychological tests, including the Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB).  Dr. Stern has received several NIH and other national grants, has published over 250 journal articles, chapters, and abstracts, and is a Fellow of both the American Neuropsychiatric Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.  He is on several editorial boards and is on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Boards of the MA/NH Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Concussion Legacy Foundation, and is also a member of the Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee of the NFL Players Association. Dr. Stern has testified before the US Senate Special Committee on Aging. He appears frequently in national and international print and broadcast media for his work on CTE and AD.  He also appears in the feature length documentaries, “League of Denial” (PBS Frontline, 2013), “Head Games” (2012), and “I Remember Better When I Paint” (2009).

Background 

Dr. Stern received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. He completed his neuropsychology internship training at the Boston VA Medical Center, under the supervision of Dr. Edith Kaplan, and his postdoctoral fellowship training in both neuropsychology and psychoneuroendocrinology at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine. He was on the faculty at UNC from 1990-1993, where he was Associate Director of the NIMH-funded Mental Health Clinical Research Center and Director of the Neurobehavioral Assessment Core. He then joined the faculty at Brown Medical School, where he was Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, as well as Director of Neuropsychology and the Memory and Cognitive Assessment Program at Rhode Island Hospital. He was also directed the Brown Clinical Neuropsychology Internship Training Program.  In 2004, Dr. Stern joined the Boston University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology as an Associate Professor. He was promoted to Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery in 2011  and was then appointed to professor of Neurology, Nuerosurgery, and Neurobiology, in 2014 . Dr. Stern and his wife, Susan Ryerson, live in Needham, MA and have four children.

Recent Publications

Curriculum Vitae

For a full list of publications click here.

  • Stern RA. Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers in Postconcussion Syndrome: Measuring Neuronal Injury and Distinguishing Individuals at Risk for Persistent Postconcussion Syndrome or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. JAMA Neurol. 2016 Nov 1; 73(11):1280-1282. PMID: 27654455.
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  • Cherry JD, Tripodis Y, Alvarez VE, Huber B, Kiernan PT, Daneshvar DH, Mez J, Montenigro PH, Solomon TM, Alosco ML, Stern RA, McKee AC, Stein TD. Microglial neuroinflammation contributes to tau accumulation in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2016 Oct 28; 4(1):112. PMID: 27793189.
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  • Gavett BE, Gurnani AS, Saurman JL, Chapman KR, Steinberg EG, Martin B, Chaisson CE, Mez J, Tripodis Y, Stern RA. Practice Effects on Story Memory and List Learning Tests in the Neuropsychological Assessment of Older Adults. PLoS One. 2016; 11(10):e0164492. PMID: 27711147.
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  • Koerte IK, Mayinger M, Muehlmann M, Kaufmann D, Lin AP, Steffinger D, Fisch B, Rauchmann BS, Immler S, Karch S, Heinen FR, Ertl-Wagner B, Reiser M, Stern RA, Zafonte R, Shenton ME. Cortical thinning in former professional soccer players. Brain Imaging Behav. 2016 Sep; 10(3):792-8. PMID: 26286826.
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  • Alosco ML, Mez J, Kowall NW, Stein TD, Goldstein LE, Cantu RC, Katz DI, Solomon TM, Kiernan PT, Murphy L, Abdolmohammadi B, Daneshvar D, Montenigro PH, Nowinski CJ, Stern RA, McKee AC. Cognitive Reserve as a Modifier of Clinical Expression in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: A Preliminary Examination. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2016 Aug 19; appineuropsych16030043. PMID: 27539377.
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  • Alosco ML, Jarnagin J, Tripodis Y, Platt M, Martin B, Chaisson CE, Baugh CM, Fritts NG, Cantu RC, Stern RA. Olfactory Function and Associated Clinical Correlates in Former National Football League Players. J Neurotrauma. 2016 Aug 11. PMID: 27430424.
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  • Besser LM, Alosco ML, Ramirez Gomez L, Zhou XH, McKee AC, Stern RA, Gunstad J, Schneider JA, Chui H, Kukull WA. Late-Life Vascular Risk Factors and Alzheimer Disease Neuropathology in Individuals with Normal Cognition. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2016 Oct; 75(10):955-962. PMID: 27516116.
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  • Mandelblatt JS, Clapp JD, Luta G, Faul LA, Tallarico MD, McClendon TD, Whitley JA, Cai L, Ahles TA, Stern RA, Jacobsen PB, Small BJ, Pitcher BN, Dura-Fernandis E, Muss HB, Hurria A, Cohen HJ, Isaacs C. Long-term trajectories of self-reported cognitive function in a cohort of older survivors of breast cancer: CALGB 369901 (Alliance). Cancer. 2016 Jul 22. PMID: 27447359.
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  • Montenigro PH, Alosco ML, Martin BM, Daneshvar DH, Mez J, Chaisson CE, Nowinski CJ, Au R, McKee AC, Cantu RC, McClean MD, Stern RA, Tripodis Y. Cumulative Head Impact Exposure Predicts Later-Life Depression, Apathy, Executive Dysfunction, and Cognitive Impairment in Former High School and College Football Players. J Neurotrauma. 2017 Jan 15; 34(2):328-340. PMID: 27029716.
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  • Galetta KM, Chapman KR, Essis MD, Alosco ML, Gillard D, Steinberg E, Dixon D, Martin B, Chaisson CE, Kowall NW, Tripodis Y, Balcer LJ, Stern RA. Screening Utility of the King-Devick Test in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer Disease Dementia. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2016 Jun 13. PMID: 27299935.
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  • Stern RA, Seichepine D, Tschoe C, Fritts NG, Alosco ML, Berkowitz O, Burke P, Howland J, Olshaker J, Cantu RC, Baugh CM, Holsapple JW. Concussion Care Practices and Utilization of Evidence-Based Guidelines in the Evaluation and Management of Concussion: A Survey of New England Emergency Departments. J Neurotrauma. 2016 May 19. PMID: 27112592.
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  • Chapman KR, Bing-Canar H, Alosco ML, Steinberg EG, Martin B, Chaisson C, Kowall N, Tripodis Y, Stern RA. Mini Mental State Examination and Logical Memory scores for entry into Alzheimer’s disease trials. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2016 Feb 22; 8:9. PMID: 26899835.
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  • Stern RA, Tripodis Y, Baugh CM, Fritts NG, Martin BM, Chaisson C, Cantu RC, Joyce JA, Shah S, Ikezu T, Zhang J, Gercel-Taylor C, Taylor DD. Preliminary Study of Plasma Exosomal Tau as a Potential Biomarker for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016; 51(4):1099-109. PMID: 26890775.
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  • Koerte IK, Hufschmidt J, Muehlmann M, Tripodis Y, Stamm JM, Pasternak O, Giwerc MY, Coleman MJ, Baugh CM, Fritts NG, Heinen F, Lin A, Stern RA, Shenton ME. Cavum Septi Pellucidi in Symptomatic Former Professional Football Players. J Neurotrauma. 2016 Feb 15; 33(4):346-53. PMID: 26414478.
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Curriculum Vitae