Yelena Bogdanova, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Yelena Bogdanova
150 S Huntington Avenue


Dr. Bogdanova earned her doctorate in Behavioral Neurosciences at the Chobanian and Avedisian 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 Chobanian and Avedisian 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 5/15/2023

    Fransiska M. Bossuyt, Yelena Bogdanova, Kristine T. Kingsley, Thomas F. Bergquist, Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, Zaliha Binti Omar, Evguenia S. Popova, Mari Tobita, Fofi Constantinidou. Evolution of rehabilitation services in response to a global pandemic: reflection on opportunities and challenges ahead. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences. 2023; 4:1173558.

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  • Published on 1/31/2023

    Naeser MA, Martin PI, Ho MD, Krengel MH, Bogdanova Y, Knight JA, Hamblin MR, Fedoruk AE, Poole LG, Cheng C, Koo B. Transcranial Photobiomodulation Treatment: Significant Improvements in Four Ex-Football Players with Possible Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. J Alzheimers Dis Rep. 2023; 7(1):77-105. PMID: 36777329.

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  • Published on 10/2/2022

    Ramos-Usuga D, Perrin PB, Bogdanova Y, Olabarrieta-Landa L, Alzueta E, Baker FC, Iacovides S, Cortes M, Arango-Lasprilla JC. Moderate, Little, or No Improvements in Neurobehavioral Symptoms among Individuals with Long COVID: A 34-Country Retrospective Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Oct 02; 19(19). PMID: 36231893.

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  • Published on 10/1/2022

    Langenbahn, DM, Cicerone, KD, Trexler, LE, Bogdanova, Y . Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-based Recommendations into Practice. Rehabilitation of Executive Functioning Impairments. ACRM Publishing. ISBN: 978-0578364810. 2022; Chapter 4:79-124.

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  • Published on 6/28/2022

    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. Response to: Can We Successfully Improve Attentional Impairments After Brain Injury With Computer-Based Interventions? Letter to the Editor on "Evidence-Based Cognitive Rehabilitation: Systematic Review of the Literature From 2009 Through 2014". Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2022 Oct; 103(10):2066-2067. PMID: 35777470.

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  • Published on 9/14/2021

    Jesus TS, Kamalakannan S, Bhattacharjya S, Bogdanova Y, Arango-Lasprilla JC, Bentley J, Landry MD, Papadimitriou C. PREparedness, REsponse and SySTemic transformation (PRE-RE-SyST): a model for disability-inclusive pandemic responses and systemic disparities reduction derived from a scoping review and thematic analysis. Int J Equity Health. 2021 09 14; 20(1):204. PMID: 34521433.

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  • Published on 7/7/2021

    Kolakowsky-Hayner SA, Shen J, Goldin Y, Kingsley K, Alzueta E, Arango-Lasprilla JC, Perrin PB, Baker FC, Constantinadou F, Bogdanova Y. The COVID-19 pandemic: Age differences in sleep quality and mental health across 59 Countries. Epidemiology and Public Health Research. 2021; 1(1):1-10. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7686.

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  • Published on 6/8/2021

    Jesus TS, Bhattacharjya S, Papadimitriou C, Bogdanova Y, Bentley J, Arango-Lasprilla JC, Kamalakannan S. Lockdown-Related Disparities Experienced by People with Disabilities during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Scoping Review with Thematic Analysis. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Jun 08; 18(12). PMID: 34200979.

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  • Published on 4/20/2021

    Kamalakannan S, Bhattacharjya S, Bogdanova Y, Papadimitriou C, Arango-Lasprilla JC, Bentley J, Jesus TS. Health Risks and Consequences of a COVID-19 Infection for People with Disabilities: Scoping Review and Descriptive Thematic Analysis. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 04 20; 18(8). PMID: 33923986.

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  • Published on 3/31/2021

    Bogdanova Y, Gilbert K, Baird L. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Virtual Care and Home-Based LED Treatment for TBI During COVID-19 Pandemic. 2021; 102(4):e19.

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