Yelena Bogdanova, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Yelena Bogdanova
150 S Huntington Avenue


Dr. Bogdanova earned her doctorate in Behavioral Neurosciences at the Boston University School of Medicine, and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology) at the Boston University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. She completed two years of postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Memory Disorders Research Center at Boston VA. She then continued her work at Boston VA, building a program of research with focus on development and evaluation of neurorehabilitation treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in returning veterans.

Dr. Bogdanova is currently a Principal Investigator on the federally funded clinical trials of cognitive rehabilitation and neuromodulation in TBI at the Boston VA HCS and the Translational Research Center for TBI and Stress Disorders, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. She is the recipient of multiple NIH, VA, and other awards, including NIH Individual National Research Service Award and VA RR&D Career Development Award – 2 (CDA-2). Dr. Bogdanova serves as a member of the Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force and the AP Technology Task Force of Military and Veteran Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. She served as a Panel Member of the Committee on Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for TBI at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Dr. Bogdanova’s current clinical trials focus on mechanisms of cognitive impairment and recovery in blast TBI, and development of a multimodal neuromodulation treatment program for patients with TBI and PTSD co-morbidity. Her research program aims to improve and restore cognitive function post-TBI, utilizing cognitive rehabilitation and novel neuromodulation treatments, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial red/near-infrared light-emitting diodes (LED) techniques; and to optimize recovery and re-integration of returning veterans with TBI.

Dr. Bogdanova is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist. Areas of clinical and research interest include: mechanisms underlying cognitive impairment and recovery in brain injury, and neurorehabilitation interventions for individuals with brain injury and associated neuropsychiatric comorbidities (PTSD, sleep disturbance, emotional dysregulation).

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Boston University, PhD
  • Boston University School of Medicine, PhD
  • Boston University, MA


  • Published on 3/26/2019

    Cicerone KD, Goldin Y, Ganci K, Rosenbaum A, Wethe JV, Langenbahn DM, Malec JF, Bergquist TF, Kingsley K, Nagele D, Trexler L, Fraas M, Bogdanova Y, Harley JP. Evidence-Based Cognitive Rehabilitation: Systematic Review of the Literature From 2009 Through 2014. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 08; 100(8):1515-1533. PMID: 30926291.

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  • Published on 12/1/2016

    Naeser MA, Martin PI, Ho MD, Krengel MH, Bogdanova Y, Knight JA, Yee MK, Zafonte R, Frazier J, Hamblin MR, Koo BB. Transcranial, Red/Near-Infrared Light-Emitting Diode Therapy to Improve Cognition in Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury. Photomed Laser Surg. 2016 Dec; 34(12):610-626. PMID: 28001756.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/1/2016

    Bogdanova Y, Yee MK, Ho VT, Cicerone KD. Computerized Cognitive Rehabilitation of Attention and Executive Function in Acquired Brain Injury: A Systematic Review. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2016 Nov/Dec; 31(6):419-433. PMID: 26709580.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/3/2015

    Gilbert KS, Kark SM, Gehrman P, Bogdanova Y. Sleep disturbances, TBI and PTSD: Implications for treatment and recovery. Clin Psychol Rev. 2015 Aug; 40:195-212. PMID: 26164549.

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  • Published on 4/30/2015

    Bogdanova Y, Martin PI, Ho MD, Yee MK, Ho VT, Knight JA, Hamblin MR, Naeser MA. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Improved sleep and cognition post transcranial or intranasal, red/near-infrared LED treatments in chronic TBI: Pilot case series. 2015; 30(3):e101–102.

  • Published on 2/7/2015

    Bogdanova Y, Kark SM, Ho VT, Yee MK, Pascual-Leone A. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. TMS Improves Cognitive and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Veterans with Blast TBI. 2015; 21(S1):276.

  • Published on 1/1/2014

    Bogdanova, Y., Yee, M.K., Ho, V.T. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Computerized Cognitive Rehabilitation in Acquired Brain Injury: a Review. 2014; 95(10):e76-77.

  • Published on 1/1/2014

    Bogdanova, Y., Martin, P.I., Ho, M.D., Krengel, M.H., Ho, V.T., Yee, M.K., Knight, J.A., Hamblin, M.R., Naeser, M.A. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. LED therapy improves sleep and cognition in chronic moderate TBI: pilot case studies. 2014; 95(10):e77.

  • Published on 10/1/2013

    Kark, S. M., Stavitsky, K., DeLuca, S., Lafleche, G., & Bogdanova, Y. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. Poor sleep quality is related to PTSD, cognitive difficulties, and quality of life in OEF/OIF veterans with blast exposure. 2013; 19(S2):I-122.

  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Bogdanova, Y. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. Multimodal Approach to Rehabilitation for Blast-induced TBI. 2013; 19(S1):I-295.

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