Dawn M. Neumann, PhD
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dr. Neumann is an Associate Professor and Research Director at the Indiana University School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI). She is also the Director of the Indiana University Interactive and Functional Assessment of Communication and Emotion (InterFACE) Center at RHI. Additionally, she is the founder of EmotEd, a small business creating treatments for emotional deficits after brain injury. 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 centers on the study and treatment of emotional processing and dysregulation deficits after traumatic brain injury (TBI). She received the Mary E. Switzer Merit Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research in 2011, and the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) in 2013. Dr. Neumann is involved in various service roles. She is an appointed member of the IU Faculty Development Coordinating Committee. Dr. Neumann is also a very active member of ACRM, serving on numerous committees, Networking Groups, and Special Interest Groups. She also serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (2012-present).
Physical Medicine & Rehab
GH 4700 PHMR
Titles & Appointments
- Research Director, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
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.