Grant L. Iverson, Ph.D. joins Department of PM&R at Harvard

After 18 years in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Grant Iverson recently joined the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard. Dr. Iverson is one of the most respected experts in the area of outcome from mild traumatic brain injury in athletes, civilians, service members, and veterans. The interest in connecting with these populations in a unique setting is what drew Dr. Iverson to Boston to become the Associate Director of Traumatic Brain Injury Research for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. He is a leading proponent of a broad based biopsychosocial theory of good and poor outcomes following mild neurotrauma.

While it’s only been recently that sports and the connections to brain injuries have gotten attention in the media, Dr. Iverson has been pushing the research and study of these issues for a number of years. He serves in an advisory capacity to organizations and governments on matters relating to mild injuries to the brain in sports, civilian life, and military service. He served on the consensus panels for the 3rd and 4th International Conferences on Concussion in Sport in Zurich, Switzerland in 2008 and 2012. He was a founding member of the Traumatic Brain Injury Subcommittee of the Defense Health Board, a civilian advisory board to the United States Secretary of Defense. He also served as an Advisor to the Neurocognitive Disorders Workgroup (Traumatic Brain Injury) for the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-V). 

 Dr. Iverson is an active clinical researcher in the areas of traumatic brain injury, depression, and the clinical and psychometric aspects of neuropsychological assessment. He is engaged in a multi-year research program designed to develop and evaluate evidence-based psychometric guidelines for identifying mild cognitive impairment in psychiatry and neurology. Over the course of his career, he has published more than 260 empirical articles, reviews, and book chapters. 

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