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Carrie Esopenko, PhD

Our lab assesses sex-differences in concussion outcomes using cognitive, psychosocial, physiological (neck strength), vestibulo-ocular, and neuroimaging measures.

Faculty

Dr. Allison Brown, PT, PhD

Assistant Lab Director, Assistant Professor

brown46@shp.rutgers.edu

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Jennifer Buckman, PT, PhD

Associate Professor

jbuckman@rutgers.edu

Dr. Ellen Zambo Anderson, PT, PhD

Associate Professor

andersez@shp.rutgers.edu

Staff

Graduate Students

Nicola de Souza

PhD. Student

nld53@gsbs.rutgers.edu

Colleen Doherty

Msc. Student

ctd33@gsbs.rutgers.edu

Tara Porfido

PhD. Student

tp408@shp.rutgers.edu

Contact esopenkolab@shp.rutgers.edu or 973-972-0145.

  1. Taghdiri, F., Multani, N., Tarazi, A., Naeimi, S.A., Khodadadi, M., Esopenko, C., Green, R., Colella, B., Wennberg, R., Mikulis, D., Davis, K.D., Goswami, R., Tator, C., Levine, B., Tartaglia, M.C. (2019). Elevated Cerebrospinal Fluid Total Tau in Former Professional Athletes with Multiple Concussions. Neurology, doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000007608
  2. Streifer, M.,* Brown, A.,* Porfido, T., Anderson Zambo, E., Esopenko, C. (2019). The Potential Role of the Cervical Spine in Sports-Related Concussion: Clinical Perspectives and Considerations for Risk Reduction. JOSPT, 49(3), 202-208. * represents co-first authorship
  3. Esopenko, C., A., Simonds, A., Zambo-Anderson, E. (2018). The Synergistic Effect of Concussions and Aging Women? Disparities and Perspectives on Moving Forward. Concussion, https://doi.org/10.2217/cnc-2018-0004
  4. Esopenko, C., & Levine, B. (2017). Autobiographical Memory and Structural Brain Changes in Chronic Phase TBI. Cortex, 89, 1-10.
  5. Esopenko, C., Chow, T. C., Tartaglia, M. C, Bacopulos, A., Kumar, P., Binns, M. A., Kennedy, J., Muller, D., & Levine, B. (2017). Cognitive and Psychosocial Function in Retired Professional Hockey Players. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.
  6. Esopenko, C., & Levine, B. (2015). Aging, Neurodegenerative Disease, and Traumatic Brain Injury: The Role of Neuroimaging. Journal of Neurotrauma, 32, 209-220.

Research Grants

Funded:

Esopenko, C. Hillary, F., Koerte, I., Marshall, A., Tate, D., & Wilde, E. (2019-2021) Characterizing the Brain and Behavioral Phenotypes of Physical Violence in IPV,  Busch Biomedical Research Grant

Nagpal, J. & Esopenko, C. (2019). Effect of TBI in Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. School of Health Professions Summer Internship, New Jersey Health Foundation, $1,500.

Esopenko, C. Buckman, J., & Brown, A. (2018-2019). Cognitive, Psychological, and Neurological Outcomes in Athletes with Exposure to Brain Trauma: Effect of Sex and Neck Strength. SHP Dean’s Intramural Research Pilot Grant, $35,000.

Past Funding:

Bernardo, V. & Esopenko, C. (2018). Sex Differences in Cognitive Function Post-Concussion. School of Health Professions Summer Internship, New Jersey Health Foundation, $1,500.

May, T. & Esopenko, C. (2017). Sex Differences in Cognitive Function Post-Concussion. School of Health Professions Summer Internship, New Jersey Health Foundation, $1,500.

Levine, B., Chow, T.C., Esopenko, C., Hazrati, L., Kennedy, J., McIntosh, R., Mueller, D., & Strother, S. (2014-2019).  Assessing the Effects of Remote Traumatic Brain Injury on Brain Aging. Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant, $745,484.

Levine, B., Chow, T.C., Esopenko, C., McIntosh, R., Strother, S. (2013-2014). Neurodegenerative Disease in Former Athletes with Traumatic Brain Injury. Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Catalyst Grant, $50,000.

Levine, B., Chow, T.C., Esopenko, C., McIntosh, R., Strother, S. (2013-2014). Neurodegenerative Disease in Former Athletes with Traumatic Brain Injury. Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Catalyst Grant, $50,000.

Committee Membership

International Congress for Athlete Brain Health, Concussion Working Group

Research Advisory Board, Pink Concussions, 2019 –

Advisory Board, Headway Foundation 2019-

Study Advisory Committee, Big Ten/Ivy League TBI Consortium, September 2018-current

Lead Investigator, ENIGMA Consortium, Intimate Partner Violence Working Group

Member, Enhancing NeuroImaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) Consortium, TBI Working Group and Sports-Related Injuries Working Group

Media Coverage:

  1. Rutgers University Research:

 

Rutgers Today

https://bit.ly/2GezNvk

https://bit.ly/2YI1bKM

 

New York Daily News

https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/ny-nfl-mlb-concussion-study-20190528-dbctvoguarahxnk4rgeceiing4-story.html

 

US News and World Report

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2019-01-20/could-neck-strengthening-prevent-some-concussions

 

Science Daily

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190116110948.htm

 

Science News

 

Rutgers Today

https://news.rutgers.edu/news/concussions-may-affect-women-differently-men/20170928#.WdPnmRNSzPA

Buffalo News

http://buffalonews.com/2017/08/02/amy-moritzs-power-take-concussion-studies-need-broader-nfl/?utm_campaign=puma&utm_medium=social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1501693714

Lead, Intimate Partner Violence Working Group for the ENIGMA Consortium, 2018-current

Primary Investigator, Rutgers University Site, Big Ten/Ivy League TBI Consortium, 2017-current

Member, Sports Neuropsychology Society, 2017 – current

Member, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, 2017- current

Member, Women in Cognitive Science, 2016 – current

Member, North American Brain Injury Society, 2014-current

Member, International Brain Injury Association, 2012 – current

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