John DeLuca, PhD

Head shot of John Deluca

Senior Vice President, Research and Training


Interim Director


John DeLuca, PhD, is the senior vice president for Research and Training at Kessler Foundation, and a professor in the departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Neurology at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. He is board certified in rehabilitation psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. DeLuca is internationally known for his research on disorders of memory and information processing in a variety of clinical populations including multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Dr. DeLuca has published more than 350 articles and book chapters in these areas, has edited seven books in neuropsychology, neuroimaging, and rehabilitation, and is a co-editor for the “Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology.” He has received over $40 million in grant support for his research.

Traumatic Brain Injury
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis
Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
Learning and Memory
Information Processing
Executive Functions
Postdoctoral fellowship – Clinical Neuropsychology, Center for Head Injuries, Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ
PhD - Psychology Behavioral Neuroscience, State University of New York
MA - Psychology Behavioral Neuroscience, State University of New York
BA - Psychology, William Paterson University
New Jersey Psychological Association, Stanley Moldawsky Mentor Award Winner, 2021
President, National Academy of Neuropsychology, 2021
Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, Fred Foley Award for Excellence in MS Mental Health, 2017
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer Hall of Fame: Scientific Researcher, 2017
Kessler Foundation Research, Mentor of the Year Award, 2015
International Neuropsychological Society, Arthur Benton (mid-career) Award, 2015
Academy of Spinal Cord Injury, James J. Peters Lectureship Award, 2012
American Psychological Association Division 22, Rodger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award, 2012
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Medical Excellence Award, 2012
William Paterson University, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2002
UMD-New Jersey Medical School, Mentor Award, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2002
Fellow, Society for Sports Neuropsychology, 2019
Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, 2018
Fellow, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2018
Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology), 2005
Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), 2003
Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), 2001
Fellow, National Academy of Neuropsychology, 1999
Research Interests

Dr. DeLuca's most recent research ventures include the cerebral mapping of human cognitive processes using functional neuroimaging, as well as the development of research-based techniques to improve cognitive impairment.


View a more comprehensive listing of publications for Dr. Deluca on ResearchGate.


American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine (Fellow), 1991 - present

American Psychological Association (Fellow), 1989 - present

  • Division 40: Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Division 22: Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Division 6: Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology

Association for Psychological Science (Fellow), 1995 - present

  • (Formerly the American Psychological Society)

Brain Injury Association of America, 1988 – present

Cognitive Neuroscience Society, 2000 - present

Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, 2000 – present

International Multiple Sclerosis Cognition Society – 2011 - present

International Neuropsychological Society, 1986 - present

National Academy of Neuropsychology (Fellow), 1990 - present

New Jersey Psychological Association, 1989 - present

Society for Neuroscience, 1986 - present

Sports Neuropsychology Society (Fellow), Founding Member, 2011- Present

Sports Neuropsychology Society, Awards Committee, 2017 - Present