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:

Stamm JM, Bourlas AP, Baugh CM, Fritts NG, Daneshvar DH, Martin BM, McClean MD, Tripodis Y, Stern RA. Age of first exposure to football and later-life cognitive impairment in former NFL players. Neurology. 2015 Jan 28. pii: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000001358. [Epub ahead of print]

Riley DO, Robbins CA, Cantu RC, Stern RA. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: Contributions from the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. Brain Inj. 2015;29(2):154-63. doi: 10.3109/02699052.2014.965215.

Montenigro PH, Corp DT, Stein TD, Cantu RC, Stern RA. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Historical Origins and Current Perspective. Annu Rev Clin Psychol. 2015 Jan 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Andrikopoulos J, Montenigro PH, Stern RA. Clinical presentation of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Neurology. 2014 Nov 18; 83(21):1991-3.

Montenigro PH, Baugh CM, Daneshvar DH, Mez J, Budson AE, Au R, Katz DI, Cantu RC, Stern RA. Clinical subtypes of chronic traumatic encephalopathy: literature review and proposed research diagnostic criteria for traumatic encephalopathy syndrome. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2014 Sep 24;6(5):68. doi: 10.1186/s13195-014-0068-z. eCollection 2014. Review.

Montenigro PH, Stern RA. Author response. Neurology. 2014 Nov 18; 83(21):1992-3.

Baugh CM, Robbins CA, Stern RA, McKee AC. Current understanding of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2014 Sep;16(9):306. doi: 10.1007/s11940-014-0306-5. PubMed PMID: 25023937.

Mandelblatt JS, Stern RA, Luta G, McGuckin M, Clapp JD, Hurria A, Jacobsen PB, Faul LA, Isaacs C, Denduluri N, Gavett B, Traina TA, Johnson P, Silliman RA, Turner RS, Howard D, Van Meter JW, Saykin A, Ahles T. Cognitive impairment in older patients with breast cancer before systemic therapy: is there an interaction between cancer and comorbidity? J Clin Oncol. 2014 Jun 20;32(18):1909-18. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2013.54.2050. Epub 2014 May 19. PubMed PMID: 24841981.

Qiu WQ, Au R, Zhu H, Wallack M, Liebson E, Li H, Rosenzweig J, Mwamburi M, Stern RA. Positive Association between Plasma Amylin and Cognition in a Homebound Elderly Population. J Alzheimers Dis. 2014 Jun 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24898659.

Zhu H, Wang X, Wallack M, Li H, Carreras I, Dedeoglu A, Hur JY, Zheng H, Li H, Fine R, Mwamburi M, Sun X, Kowall N, Stern RA, Qiu WQ. Intraperitoneal injection of the pancreatic peptide amylin potently reduces behavioral impairment and brain amyloid pathology in murine models of Alzheimer’s disease. Mol Psychiatry. 2014 Mar 11. doi: 10.1038/mp.2014.17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24614496.

Robbins CA, Daneshvar DH, Picano JD, Gavett BE, Baugh CM, Riley DO, Nowinski CJ, McKee AC, Cantu RC, Stern RA. Self-reported concussion history: impact of providing a definition of concussion. Open Access J Sports Med. 2014 May 7;5:99-103. doi: 10.2147/OAJSM.S58005. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 24891816.

Mez J, Stern RA, McKee AC. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: where are we and where are we going? Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2013 Dec;13(12):407. doi: 10.1007/s11910-013-0407-7. Review. PubMed PMID: 24136455.

Mandelblatt JS, Hurria A, McDonald BC, Saykin AJ, Stern RA, VanMeter JW, McGuckin M, Traina T, Denduluri N, Turner S, Howard D, Jacobsen PB, Ahles T; Thinking and Living With Cancer Study. Cognitive effects of cancer and its treatments at the intersection of aging: what do we know; what do we need to know? Semin Oncol. 2013 Dec;40(6):709-25. doi: 10.1053/j.seminoncol.2013.09.006. Review. PubMed PMID: 24331192.

Stern RA, Daneshvar DH, Baugh CM, Seichepine DR, Montenigro PH, Riley DO, Fritts NG, Stamm JM, Robbins CA, McHale L, Simkin I, Stein TD, Alvarez VE, Goldstein LE, Budson AE, Kowall NW, Nowinski CJ, Cantu RC, McKee AC. Clinical presentation of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Neurology. 2013 Sep 24;81(13):1122-9. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182a55f7f. Epub 2013 Aug 21. PubMed PMID: 23966253.

Seichepine DR, Stamm JM, Daneshvar DH, Riley DO, Baugh CM, Gavett BE, Tripodis Y, Martin B, Chaisson C, McKee AC, Cantu RC, Nowinski CJ, Stern RA. Profile of self-reported problems with executive functioning in college and professional football players. J Neurotrauma. 2013 Jul 15;30(14):1299-304. doi: 10.1089/neu.2012.2690. Epub 2013 Jul 11. PubMed PMID: 23421745.

Cardozo FT, Larsen IV, Carballo EV, Jose G, Stern RA, Brummel RC, Camelini CM, Rossi MJ, Simões CM, Brandt CR. In vivo anti-herpes simplex virus activity of a sulfated derivative of Agaricus brasiliensis mycelial polysaccharide. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2013 Jun;57(6):2541-9. doi: 10.1128/AAC.02250-12. Epub 2013 Mar 18. PubMed PMID: 23507287.

Joffe RT, Pearce EN, Hennessey JV, Ryan JJ, Stern RA. Subclinical hypothyroidism, mood, and cognition in older adults: a review. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Feb;28(2):111-8. doi: 10.1002/gps.3796. Epub 2012 Mar 13. Review. PubMed PMID: 22410877.

McKee AC, Stern RA, Nowinski CJ, Stein TD, Alvarez VE, Daneshvar DH, Lee HS, Wojtowicz SM, Hall G, Baugh CM, Riley DO, Kubilus CA, Cormier KA, Jacobs MA, Martin BR, Abraham CR, Ikezu T, Reichard RR, Wolozin BL, Budson AE, Goldstein LE, Kowall NW, Cantu RC. The spectrum of disease in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Brain. 2013 Jan;136(Pt 1):43-64. doi: 10.1093/brain/aws307. Epub 2012 Dec 2. Erratum in: Brain. 2013 Oct;136(Pt 10):e255. PubMed PMID: 23208308.

Niewoehner PM, Henderson RR, Dalchow J, Beardsley TL, Stern RA, Carr DB. Predicting road test performance in adults with cognitive or visual impairment referred to a Veterans Affairs Medical Center driving clinic. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Nov;60(11):2070-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2012.04201.x. Epub 2012 Oct 30. PubMed PMID: 23110784.

Gavett BE, Stern RA. Dementia has a categorical, not dimensional, latent structure. Psychol Aging. 2012 Sep;27(3):791-7; author reply 798-800. doi: 10.1037/a0027687. PubMed PMID: 22962922.

Pecoits E, Konhauser KO, Aubet NR, Heaman LM, Veroslavsky G, Stern RA, Gingras MK. Bilaterian burrows and grazing behavior at >585 million years ago. Science. 2012 Jun 29;336(6089):1693-6. doi: 10.1126/science.1216295. PubMed PMID: 22745427.

Baugh CM, Stamm JM, Riley DO, Gavett BE, Shenton ME, Lin A, Nowinski CJ, Cantu RC, McKee AC, Stern RA. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: neurodegeneration following repetitive concussive and subconcussive brain trauma. Brain Imaging Behav. 2012 Jun;6(2):244-54. doi: 10.1007/s11682-012-9164-5. Review. PubMed PMID: 22552850.

Shenton ME, Hamoda HM, Schneiderman JS, Bouix S, Pasternak O, Rathi Y, Vu MA, Purohit MP, Helmer K, Koerte I, Lin AP, Westin CF, Kikinis R, Kubicki M, Stern RA, Zafonte R. A review of magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging findings in mild traumatic brain injury. Brain Imaging Behav. 2012 Jun;6(2):137-92. doi: 10.1007/s11682-012-9156-5. Review. PubMed PMID: 22438191.

Goldstein LE, Fisher AM, Tagge CA, Zhang XL, Velisek L, Sullivan JA, Upreti C, Kracht JM, Ericsson M, Wojnarowicz MW, Goletiani CJ, Maglakelidze GM, Casey N, Moncaster JA, Minaeva O, Moir RD, Nowinski CJ, Stern RA, Cantu RC, Geiling J, Blusztajn JK, Wolozin BL, Ikezu T, Stein TD, Budson AE, Kowall NW, Chargin D, Sharon A, Saman S, Hall GF, Moss WC, Cleveland RO, Tanzi RE, Stanton PK, McKee AC. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy in blast-exposed military veterans and a blast neurotrauma mouse model. Sci Transl Med. 2012 May 16;4(134):134ra60. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3003716. PubMed PMID: 22593173.

Gavett BE, Lou KR, Daneshvar DH, Green RC, Jefferson AL, Stern RA. Diagnostic accuracy statistics for seven Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB) test variables in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Appl Neuropsychol Adult. 2012;19(2):108-15. doi: 10.1080/09084282.2011.643947. PubMed PMID: 23373577.

Gavett BE, Cantu RC, Shenton M, Lin AP, Nowinski CJ, McKee AC, Stern RA. Clinical appraisal of chronic traumatic encephalopathy: current perspectives and future directions. Curr Opin Neurol. 2011 Dec;24(6):525-31. doi: 10.1097/WCO.0b013e32834cd477. Review. PubMed PMID: 22045219.

Daneshvar DH, Riley DO, Nowinski CJ, McKee AC, Stern RA, Cantu RC. Long-term consequences: effects on normal development profile after concussion. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2011 Nov;22(4):683-700, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2011.08.009. Epub 2011 Sep 23. Review. PubMed PMID: 22050943.

Stern RA, Riley DO, Daneshvar DH, Nowinski CJ, Cantu RC, McKee AC. Long-term consequences of repetitive brain trauma: chronic traumatic encephalopathy. PM R. 2011 Oct;3(10 Suppl 2):S460-7. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2011.08.008. Review. PubMed PMID: 22035690.

Ready RE, Carvalho JO, Green RC, Gavett BE, Stern RA. The structure and validity of self-reported affect in mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer’s disease. Int Psychogeriatr. 2011 Aug;23(6):887-98. doi: 10.1017/S104161021100041X. Epub 2011 Mar 24. PubMed PMID: 21429280.

Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine