Meet Our Faculty

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The faculty of the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery represent interdisciplinary integration of neuroscience research across the spectrum, from genetic and molecular to behavioral and cognitive levels of analysis and from basic science to clinical application. Please read more about us:

Madison Berl, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Berl is Associate Professor at George Washington University and Pediatric Neuropsychologist for the epilepsy program at Children’s National Medical Center. She also serves as the Director of Research for the Division of Neuropsychology and Associate Director of the IDDRC Neurobehavioral Core.

Barbara Bregman, P.T., Ph.D.

  • Dr. Bregman is Professor of Neuroscience at Georgetown University Medical Center and Director of Training in Neurorehabilitation at GUMC and MedStar NRH. She earned her Ph.D. in Anatomy in 1981 at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Jessica Carpenter, M.D.

  • Dr. Carpenter is a pediatric neurologist in the Division of Neurology at Children’s National Medical Center, director of the Neonatal and Childhood Stroke Program, and co-director of the Neurocritical Care Program.

Alexander Dromerick, M.D.

  • Dr. Alexander Dromerick is Vice President for Research at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. He is also Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurology and Chairman of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Matthew Edwardson, M.D.

  • Dr. Edwardson is the newest faculty to join the Center for Brain Plasticity. In October, 2014, he joined the Department of Neurology at Georgetown Medical Center after an appointment as a Stroke Fellow at National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

William Gaillard, M.D.

  • Dr. Gaillard is Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Children’s National Medical Center, George Washington University, and Georgetown Universities. He is associate director of CRI Center for Neuroscience at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC)

Anna Greenwald, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Greenwald uses behavioral and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to investigate human perception, attention, and awareness, their neural basis, and their impairment in neurological disorders.

Michelle Harris-Love, PT, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Georgetand Director, MOTR Laboratory, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Harris-Love received her training at theMayo School of Health Sciences, M.S. Physical Therapy, 1997 and the University of Maryland, Ph.D. Rehabilitation Neuroscience, 2004.

Sahana N. Kukke, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Kukke is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Catholic University of America. She received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering at Stanford University in 2009.

Sang Wook Lee, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Lee is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Center for Applied Biomedical and Rehabilitation Research (CABRR) at the Catholic University of America.

Peter S. Lum, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Lum is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Catholic University of America. He directs the Center for Applied Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research (CABRR) at National Rehabilitation Hospital.

Jonathan Murnick, M.D.

  • Dr. Murnick is a pediatric neuroradiologist at Children’s National Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and has been in practice for 9 years.

Elissa Newport, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Newport received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. She was a member of the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Illinois before joining the faculty at the University of Rochester, eventually serving as the George Eastman Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Ted Supalla, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Ted Supalla’s research centers on sign language in its developmental and global context. This has included studies of American Sign Language acquisition and processing.

Ming Tony Tan, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Tan is Professor and Chair of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Biomathematics at Georgetown University Medical Center and is also affiliated with the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Rochelle Tractenberg, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Tractenberg is a professor in the Department of Neurology at Georgetown University, with secondary appointments in Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Biomathematics, and Psychiatry.

Peter Turkeltaub, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Dr. Turkeltaub is a cognitive neurologist and neuroscientist whose research investigates the brain’s organization for language and other cognitive faculties, how this organization changes in the context of developmental or acquired brain disorders, and how we might enhance recovery.


Dorothy Edwards, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Edwards serves as chair of the Kinesiology Department in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also holds appointments in Medicine and Neurology at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

Takao Hensch, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Hensch holds joint faculty appointments in Neurology at Harvard Medical School at Boston Children’s Hospital and in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University’s Center for Brain Science.

Theresa A. Jones, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Jones is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and did her postdoctoral work in Behavioral Neuroscience and Biopsychology at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois.

Barbara Landau, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Landau is the Dick and Lydia Todd Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science and Vice-Provost for Faculty Affairs at Johns Hopkins University.

Stephen Mitroff, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Mitroff is Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Georgetown University and is a Visiting Research Faculty member at the Research Division, National Rehabilitation Hospital and MedStar Health Research Institute.