Clifford Robbins

Study Coordinator at the CTE Center

Phone: 617-414-8389
Fax: 617-638-5679
Location: 72 E. Concord Street B7800, Boston, MA 02118

Cliff Robbins received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hamilton College in 2010. After graduating, Cliff worked on behavioral and neuroimaging studies of human memory and cognitive aging at Harvard University. Cliff joined the CTE Center in July 2012.

CTE Center Role

Cliff is the study coordinator for the LEGEND study and Brain Donation Registry. His day to day activities involve ensuring that both the LEGEND study and Brain Donation Study run smoothly. He also assists in data management for both projects, and data analysis for the LEGEND study. Cliff is also a member of the Sports Legacy Institute Community Educators (SLICE) program.

Research Interests

Cliff is interested in understanding risk factors for developing CTE, and ways to model and understand exposure to repetitive brain trauma. He is especially interested in understanding how changes in gameplay through the history of football affected exposure to repetitive brain trauma in players from different eras of the game, and how we can accurately model those differences to understand risk of developing problems.


Demis Hassabis; R. Nathan Spreng; Andrei A. Rusu; Clifford A. Robbins; Raymond A. Mar; Daniel L. Schacter (2013). Imagine All the People: How the Brain Creates and Uses Personality Models to Predict Behavior. Cerebral Cortex.

Szpunar, K.K., Wig, G.S., St. Jacques, P., Robbins, C.A., & Schacter, D.L. (2013). Repetition-related reductions in neural activity reveal component processes of mental simulation. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Guerin, S.A., Robbins, C.A., Gilmore, A.W., & Schacter, D.L. (2012). Retrieval failure contributes to gist-based false recognition. Journal of Memory and Language, 66: 68-78.

Guerin, S. A., Robbins, C. A., Gilmore, A. W., & Schacter, D. L. (2012). Interactions between Visual Attention and Episodic Retrieval: Dissociable Contributions of Parietal Regions during Gist-Based False Recognition. Neuron, 75(6), 1122–1134.