Erica Weber, PhD, is a research scientist in the Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation. Much of her research focuses on improving diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairment in traumatic injuries of the brain and nervous systems. She also uses applied neuroimaging to evaluate cognitive rehabilitation and prospective memory, defined as the ability to remember to carry out intended actions in the future. Dr. Weber works with individuals who have sustained spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Weber manages the day-to-day operation of numerous, large clinical studies at the Foundation. She is the primary scientist supervisor for four recruiting studies and the main direct contact for eight or more research assistants. She has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers, six book chapters, and more than 60 conference posters and oral presentations. Dr. Weber also serves as a research assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School.
Dr. Weber's research emphasizes using principles from cognitive theories to rehabilitate prospective memory in neurological conditions, such as remembering to perform intended tasks at a specific time in the future. Specifically, her work focuses on testing strategies to enhance encoding and promote better detection of prospective memory cues by monitoring the environment and time elapsed.