20940-Neumann, Dawn

Dawn M. Neumann, PhD

Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

GH 4700
Indianapolis, IN
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Dr. Neumann is an Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Research Director at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI), and Adjunct Faculty with Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Dr. Neumann is also the Director of the Indiana University Interactive and Functional Assessment of Communication and Emotion (InterFACE) Center at RHI, as well as Co-Investigator of the Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury Model System. She has her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and a Masters in Cognitive Psychology from Rutgers, NJ. Dr. Neumann’s research aims to understand and treat problems with social cognition and emotion dysregulation after traumatic brain injury (TBI). She received the Mary E. Switzer Merit Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research in 2011; the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) in 2013; recognition as Fellow of ACRM in 2017; the ACRM Mitchell Rosenthal Mid-Career Award in 2018; and the Joshua Cantor Scholar Award from the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) of ACRM in 2020. Dr. Neumann is extremely passionate about initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She is an active member of the IUSM PMR Diversity Committee; the RHI DEI committee; the TBIMS Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Special Interest Group; and the ACRM BI-ISIG Culture and Diversity Task Force. She participated in Implementing Conversations to Advance Racial Equity (iCare), which is a program that was launched by IUSM Faculty Affairs, Professional Development, and Diversity (FAPDD). This was an extremely impactful experience for Dr. Neumann, which she believes has helped her to contribute more meaningfully to IDEA-related initiatives. Read more about her experience with iCARE here. Dr. Neumann is also an appointed member of the IU Faculty Development Coordinating Committee. Finally, Dr. Neumann has been serving on the Editorial review board for the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation since 2012.

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Research Director, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
  • Education
    2008 PhD State University of New York at Buffalo
    1999 MA Rutgers University
    1995 BA The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  • Research

    My work aims to reduce emotional problems in the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) population by gaining insight into factors that contribute to emotional deficits after TBI, and using this knowledge to develop and evaluate the efficacy of training programs designed to target emotional impairments.  Specifically, my research focuses on the following: emotion perception, including deficits with emotional self-awareness (alexithymia) and recognition of others' emotions (affect recognition); empathy; irritability, anger, and aggression; emotion regulation and well-being; and interpersonal interactions and relationship quality after brain injury. 

    Much of my research is conducted in the The Interactive and Functional Assessment of Communication and Emotion (InterFACE) Center at RHI. The InterFACE Center is a natural observation laboratory designed to research emotional and behavioral deficits in people with neurological, psychological and developmental disorders. The InterFACE Center provides an evidence-based treatment approach in combination with the newest, state-of-the-art equipment in one lab not found anywhere else in the world. Located at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, this facility uses physiological monitoring, video recording and eye tracking technology to study emotions and interpersonal relationships affected by neurological disorders and injury for research.

  • Professional Organizations
    American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM)

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