20940-Neumann, Dawn

Dawn M. Neumann, PhD

Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

GH 4700
Indianapolis, IN
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Dr. Neumann is a tenured Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Adjunct Faculty with Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Dr. Neumann is also Co-PI 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.

Key Publications

  1. Neumann, D., Zupan, B., Malec, J., and Hammond, F. (2014) Relationships between alexithymia, affect recognition, and empathy after traumatic brain injury.  Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.29 (1), E18-E27.
  2. Neumann, D., Babbage, D., Zupan, B. and Willer, B. (2015). A Randomized controlled trial of emotion recognition training after traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 30 (3): E12-E23 May/ June 2015 doi:10.3109/02699052.2014.901560
  3. Neumann, D., Malec, J.F., and Hammond, F. (2015). The association of negative attributions with irritation and anger after brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology. 2015 May; 60(2): 155-161. doi: 10.1037/rep0000036.
  4. Neumann, D., McDonald, B.C., West, J., Keiski, M.A., Wang, Y. (2016). Neurobiological mechanisms associated with facial affect recognition deficits after traumatic brain injury. Brain Imaging and Behavior. 10(2), 569-580 DOI: 10.1007/s11682-015-9415-3
  5. Neumann, D., Malec JF, Hammond FM. Negative Attribution Bias and Anger After Traumatic Brain Injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2017 May/Jun;32(3):197-204. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000259. PMID: 28476058.
  6. Neumann, D., Malec, J. F., & Hammond, F. M. (2017). The relations of self-reported aggression to alexithymia, depression, and anxiety after traumatic brain injury. Journal of head trauma rehabilitation32(3), 205-213.
  7. Neumann, D., Malec, J.F., and Hammond, F.M. Reductions in alexithymia and emotion dysregulation after training emotional self-awareness following traumatic brain injury: a pilot study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 2017; 32 (5); 286-295. 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000277
  8. Neumann, and Zupan, B. (2019) The Association of Emotionally Congruent Responses to Film Clips with Emotion Recognition Accuracy and Empathy following Brain Injury, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. March 2019;100 (3):458-63.
  9. Neumann, D., Sander, A., Perkins, S., Bhamidipalli, S., Witwer, N., Combs, D., and Hammond, F.M. Assessing Negative Attributions after Brain Injury with the Ambiguous Intentions Hostility Questionnaire. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Sept/October 2020 35(5) pE450-E457 DOI: 10.1097/htr.0000000000000581.
  10. Neumann, D., Zupan, B., Sex differences in emotional insight after traumatic brain injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil.2020 May DOI:1016/j.apmr.2020.04.018
  11. Neumann, D., Sander, A., Perkins, S., Bhamidipalli, S., and Hammond, F.M. Assessing Negative Attributions Bias and Related Risk Factors after Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. January/February 2021 36 (1) - p E61-E70. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000600
  12. Neumann, D., Sander, A.M., Witwer, N., Jang, J.H., Bhamidipalli, S., and Hammond, F.M. Evaluating Negative Attributions in Persons with Brain Injury: A Comparison of Two Measures. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 2021 May-Jun 01;36(3):E170-E177. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000635. PMID: 33201039.
  13. Neumann, D., Backhaus, S., Jang, J.H., Bhamadipalli, S., Winegardner, J., Helton, H. and Flora Hammond, .F.M. (2023) Intervention to Change Attributions that are Negative: A Feasibility Study on Reducing Anger after Brain Injury. Journal of Emotion and Psychopathology, Vol 1 (1). Pp 72-89.
  14. Neumann, D., Juengst, S.B., Bombardier, C.H., Finn, J.A., Miles, S., Zhang, Y., Kennedy, R.E., Rabinowitz, A.R., Thomas, A., Dreer, L.E. Anxiety Trajectories the First 10 Years Following a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A TBI Model Systems Study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. Vol 103 (11) pp 2105-2113 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2022.07.002

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • 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. 


  • Professional Organizations
    American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM)

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