Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Medical and Clinical Psychology
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Phone: (301) 678-3321
FAX: (301) 295-3034
Assistant Professor, Medical & Clinical Psychology
Clinical Practicum Co-Coordinator
B.A. (2001) in Psychology, Ohio University;
M.A. (2003) and Ph.D. (2007) in Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University;
Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009) in Neuropsychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Ettenhofer's Laboratory for Neurocognitive Research studies brain-behavior relationships after traumatic brain injury (TBI). The primary goal of this research is to identify factors related to outcome and recovery after TBI and to aid in the development of targeted treatments. Current studies focus upon the development of robust eye-tracking indicators of neurocognitive status to aid in management of TBI, and the use of virtual reality (VR) for assessment and remediation of driving abilities after TBI. Primary study populations include military personnel with TBI related to combat as well as civilians suffering from TBI related to sports and accidental injuries. Previously, Dr. Ettenhofer has also conducted research examining neurocognition, neuroimaging, and functional abilities in HIV/AIDS, aging/dementia, and adult ADHD.
Current Grant Support:
Department of Defense (DOD) Applied Research and Technology Development Award (ARATDA); Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) - CNS Repair and Recovery Award; DOD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP); USUHS Intramural Research Award.
Methods and Approach:
Eye/gaze tracking; Virtual reality; Neuroimaging (i.e., MRI, DTI, fMRI); Electroencephalography (EEG); Neuropsychological assessment.
Medical Student Teaching:
MPS Course Director for MS-I Neuroscience & Behavior Module. Lectures on Psychological & Neuropsychological Assessment, and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Graduate Student Teaching:
Research Methods I (MPO901) and Neuropsychology (MPO533). Lectures on Traumatic Brain Injury, Human Cognitive Neuroscience, Technology Development in Behavioral Medicine, Cognitive Remediation, Historical Perspectives on Brain-Behavior Relationships, and Health Psychology.
Dr. Ettenhofer currently mentors five psychology graduate students, one post-doctoral fellow, three research associates, and two volunteers in research activities. He also provides clinical mentorship to seven psychology graduate students.
Ettenhofer, M. L., Reinhardt, L. E., & Barry, D. M. (in press). Predictors of Neurobehavioral Symptoms in a University Population: A Multivariate Approach Using a Postconcussive Symptom Questionnaire. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.
Ettenhofer, M. L., Melrose, R. J., Delawalla, Z., Castellon, S. A., & Okonek, A. (2012). Correlates of Functional Status among OEF/OIF Veterans with a History of Traumatic Brain Injury. Military Medicine, 177(11), 1272-1278.
Ettenhofer, M. L. & Barry, D. M. (2012). A Comparison of Long-Term Postconcussive Symptoms between University Students with and without a History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury or Orthopedic Injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18(3), 451-460.
Ettenhofer, M. L., Foley, J., Behdin, N., Levine, A. J., Castellon, S. A., & Hinkin, C. H. (2010). Reaction Time Variability in HIV+ Individuals. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 25(8), 791-798. doi: 10.1093/arclin/acq064
Ettenhofer, M. L., Foley, J., Castellon, S. A., & Hinkin, C. H. (2010). Reciprocal Prediction of Medication Adherence and Neurocognition in HIV/AIDS. Neurology, 74, 1217-1222.
Ettenhofer, M. L., Hinkin, C. H., Castellon, S. A., Durvasula, R., Ullman, J., Lam, M., Myers, H., Wright, M. J., & Foley, J. (2009). Aging, neurocognition, and medication adherence in HIV infection. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 17, 281-290.
Ettenhofer, M. L., & Abeles, N. (2009). The significance of mild TBI to cognition and self-reported symptoms in long-term recovery from injury. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 31, 363-372.
Selected Professional Activities:
Dr. Ettenhofer is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), and the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM - Diagnostics & Rehabilitation)
USUHS Cinda Helke Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Advocacy (2013).
APA Division 40 Applied Neuropsychology Award (2009).