Robert A. Stern, Ph.D.

Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Co-Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical & Research Program
Boston University School of Medicine
Robinson Complex, Suite 7800
72 East Concord Street,
Boston, MA 02118-2526

Research Phone: 617-638-5678
Clinical Phone: 617-638-7100
Fax: 617-414-1197


Undergraduate: Wesleyan University, Psychology, Bachelor of Arts, 1980; Honors in Psychology; Heideman Prize for Community Contribution.

Graduate School: University of Rhode Island, Psychology, Master of Arts, 1984; Elected to Membership of Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology

University of Rhode Island, Clinical Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology Specialization), Ph.D., 1988, Dissertation: “Mood Disorders following Stroke.” Elected to Membership of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Research Interests:

Dr. Stern’s primary areas of funded research include cognitive and emotional aspects of dementia, thyroid-brain relationships, driving and dementia, and HIV-associated brain dysfunction. His current research program involves studies of the role of thyroid functioning in Alzheimer’s disease, caregiver intervention projects, and the development and validation of tests of memory and other cognitive functions.

Recent Publications:

Qiu, W.Q, Mwamburi, M., Besser, L.M., Zhu, H., Li, H., Wallack, M., Phillips, L., Qiao, L., Budson, A., Stern, R. A., & Kowall, N. (in press). Angiotensin Converting Enzyme inhibitors and the reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease in the absence of Apoliprotein E4 allele. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Qiu, W.Q., Lai, A., Mon, T., Mwamburi, D.M., Taylor, W., Rosenzweig, J., Kowall, N., Stern, R. A., Zhu, H., & Steffens, D.C. (in press). Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Alzheimer’s disease in the Presence of Apolipoprotein E4 Allele. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Lin, A.P., Ramadan, S., Stern, R. A., Box, H.C., Nowinski, C.J., Ross, B.D., & Mountford, C.E. (in press). Changes in the neurochemistry of athletes with repetitive brain trauma: Preliminary results using 2D correlated spectroscopy. Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy.

Seichepine, D.R., Stamm, J.M., Daneshvar, D.H., Riley, D.O., Baugh, C.M., Gavett, B.E., Tripodis, Y., Martin, B., Chaisson, C., McKee, A.C., Cantu, R.C., Nowinski, C.J., & Stern, R. A. (2013). Profile of self-reported problems with executive functioning in college and professional football players. Journal of Neurotrauma. 30, 1299-1304.

Stern, R. A., Daneshvar, D.H., Baugh, C.M., Seichepine, D.R., Montenigro, P.H., Riley, D.O., Fritts, N.G., Stamm, J.M., Robbins, C.A., McHale, L., Simkin, I., Stein, T.D., Alvarez, V., Goldstein, L.E., Budson, A.E., Kowall, N.W., Nowinski, C.J., Cantu, R.C., & McKee, A.C. (2013). Clinical presentation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Neurology, epub ahead of print.

Mez, J., Stern, R. A., & McKee, A.C. (2013). Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: Where are we and where are we going? Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports. epub ahead of print.

Mandelblatt, J.S., Hurria, A., McDonald, B.C., Saykin, A.J., Stern, R.A., VanMeter, J.W., McGuckin, M., Traina, T., Denduluri, N., Turner, S., Howard, D., Jacobsen, P.B., Ahles, T., for the Thinking and Living With Cancer Study (2013). Cognitive effects of cancer and its treatments at the intersection of aging: What do we know; what do we need to know? Seminars in Oncology, 40, 709-725.

McKee, A., Stern, R., Nowinski, C., Stein, T., Alvarez, V., Daneshvar, D., Lee, H., Wojtowicz, S., Hall, G., Baugh, B., Riley, D., Kubilis, C., Cormier, K., Jacobs, M., Martin, B., Abraham, C., Ikezu, T., Reichard, R., Wolozin, B., Budson, A., Goldstein, G., Kowall, N., & Cantu, R. (2013). The spectrum of disease in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Brain. 136, 43-64

Joffe, R.T., Pearce, E.N., Hennessey, J.V., Ryan, J.J., & Stern, R. A. (2013). Subclinical hypothyroidism, mood, and cognition in the elderly: A review. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 28, 111-118.

Baugh, C. M., Stamm, J. M., Riley, D. O., Gavett, B. E., Shenton, M. E., Lin, A., Stern, R. A. (2012). Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: neurodegeneration following repetitive concussive and subconcussive brain trauma. Brain imaging and behavior, 6(2), 244–254.

Gavett, B. E., Lou, K. R., Daneshvar, D. H., Green, R. C., Jefferson, A. L., & Stern, R. A. (2012). Diagnostic Accuracy Statistics for Seven Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB) Test Variables in the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. Applied neuropsychology. Adult, 19(2), 108–115.

Gavett, B. E., & Stern, R. A. (2012). Dementia has a categorical, not dimensional, latent structure. Psychology and aging, 27(3), 791–797; author reply 798–800.

Shenton, M. E., Hamoda, H. M., Schneiderman, J. S., Bouix, S., Pasternak, O., Rathi, Y., Stern, R. A., Zafonte, R. (2012). A review of magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging findings in mild traumatic brain injury. Brain imaging and behavior, 6(2), 137–192.

Goldstein, L. E., Fisher, A. M., Tagge, C. A., Zhang, X.-L., Velisek, L., Stern, R. A., Sullivan, J. A., McKee, A. C. (2012). Chronic traumatic encephalopathy in blast-exposed military veterans and a blast neurotrauma mouse model. Science translational medicine, 4(134).

Niewoehner, P. M., Henderson, R. R., Dalchow, J., Beardsley, T. L., Stern, R. A., & Carr, D. B. (2012). Predicting road test performance in adults with cognitive or visual impairment referred to a Veterans Affairs Medical Center driving clinic. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60(11), 2070–2074.

Daneshvar, D. H., Riley, D. O., Nowinski, C. J., McKee, A. C., Stern, R. A., & Cantu, R. C. (2011). Long-term consequences: effects on normal development profile after concussion. Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America, 22(4), 683–700.

Gavett, B. E., Cantu, R. C., Shenton, M., Lin, A. P., Nowinski, C. J., McKee, A. C., & Stern, R. A. (2011). Clinical appraisal of chronic traumatic encephalopathy: current perspectives and future directions. Current opinion in neurology, 24(6), 525–531.

Ready, R. E., Carvalho, J. O., Green, R. C., Gavett, B. E., & Stern, R. A. (2011). The structure and validity of self-reported affect in mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer’s disease. International psychogeriatrics / IPA, 1–12.

Stern, R. A., Riley, D. O., Daneshvar, D. H., Nowinski, C. J., Cantu, R. C., & McKee, A. C. (2011). Long-term consequences of repetitive brain trauma: chronic traumatic encephalopathy. PM & R: the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation, 3(10 Suppl 2), S460–467.

Daneshvar, D.H., Baugh, C.M., Nowinski, C.J., McKee, A.C., Stern, R.A., & Cantu, R.C. (2011). Helmets and mouth guards:  The role of personal equipment in preventing sport-related concussions. Clinics in Sports Medicine, 30, 145-163.

Gavett, B.E., Stern, R.A., & McKee, A.C. (2011). Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: A potential late effect of sport-related concussive and subconcussive head trauma. Clinics in Sports Medicine, 30, 179-188.

Nair, A., Gavett, B.E., Damman, M., Dekker, W., Green, R.C., Mandel, A., Auerbach, S., Steinberg, E., Hubbard, E., and Stern, R.A. (2010). Clock Drawing Test ratings by practicing dementia specialists: Inter-rater reliability and diagnostic accuracy.  Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. 22, 85-92.

McKee, A.C., Gavett, B.E., Stern, R.A., Nowinski, C.J., Cantu, R.C., Kowall, N.W., Perl, D., Hedley-Whyte, E.T., Price, B., Sullivan, C., Morin, P., Lee, H.S., Kubilus, C.A., Daneshvar, D., Wulff, M., & Budson, A.E. (2010). TDP-43 proteinopathy and motor neuron disease in chronic traumatic encephalopathy.  Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. 69, 918-929.

Gavett BE, Ozonoff A, Doktor V, Palmisano J, Nair AK, Green RC, Jefferson AL, Stern R.A. (2010). Predicting cognitive decline and conversion to Alzheimer’s disease in older adults using the NAB List Learning test. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 16, 651-660.

Gavett, B.E., Stern, R.A., Cantu, R.C., Nowinski, C.J., & McKee, A.C. (2010). Mild traumatic brain injury: A risk factor for neurodegeneration. Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy, 2, 18-21.

Eggermont, L.H., Gavett, B.E., Volkers, K.M., Blankevoort, C.G., Scherder, E.J., Jefferson, A.L., Steinberg, E., Nair, A., Green, R.C., & Stern, R.A. (2010). Lower extremity function in normal cognitive aging, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91, 584-588.

McKee, A.C., Cantu, R.C., Nowinski, C.J., Hedley-Whyte, E.T., Lee, H.S., Kubilus, C.A., Gavett, B.E., Romero, R., Budson, A.E., Ryu, H., Santini, V.E., & Stern, R.A. (2009). Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in athletes: Progressive tauopathy following repetitive concussion. Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, 68¸709-735.

Gavett, B.E., Poon, S.J., Ozonoff, A., Jefferson, A.L., Nair, A.K., Green, R.C., and Stern, R.A. (2009). Diagnostic utility of a list learning test in Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15, 121-129

Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine