John DeLuca, PhD

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Senior Vice President for Research and Training
Interim Director, Center for Stroke Rehabilitation Research

Department
Research and Training
Phone
973-324-3572

John DeLuca, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President for Research and Training at Kessler Foundation, a Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), and the Department of Neurology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and a licensed psychologist in the States of New Jersey and New York. He is board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Dr. DeLuca has been involved in neuropsychology and rehabilitation research for over 30 years. He 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 over 325 articles, books and book chapters in these areas, has edited 6 books in neuropsychology, neuroimaging and rehabilitation, and is a co-editor for the “Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology.” He has received over 35 million dollars in grant support for his research.  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. He serves on the editorial boards of many journals and has received numerous awards in recognition of his work including the Benton mid-career award from the International Neuropsychological Society and the Rodger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award, from Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

He serves as a member and chair for the PhD Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee in the Department of PM&R at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (formerly, UMDNJ-NJMS) and directs the post-doctoral fellowship program in Neuropsychology for the Department. Dr. DeLuca serves on numerous committees for both national and international societies associated with Neuropsychology.

Expertise
Traumatic Brain Injury
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis
Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
Learning and Memory
Information Processing
Executive Functions
Education
Post-doctoral 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
Honors
Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, 2018
Fellow, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2018
2017 Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) Fred Foley Award for Excellence in MS Mental Health, New Orleans, LA
2017 Volunteer Hall of Fame: Scientific Researcher, from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Denver Colorado
Kessler Foundation Research Mentor of the Year Award, June 2015
2015 Arthur Benton (Mid-career) Award, from the International Neuropsychological Society, Sydney Australia
James J. Peters Lectureship Award, Academy of Spinal Cord Injury, 2012
Rodger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award, American Psychological Association – Division 22, 2012
Medical Excellence Award, from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, at the "Musical Moments for MS" awards celebration, December 2012
Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology), 2005
Distinguished Researcher Award, New Jersey Psychological Association, 2005
Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), 2003
Mentor Award, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UMD-New Jersey Medical School, 2002
Distinguished Alumni Award, William Paterson University, 2002
Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), 2001
Fellow, National Academy of Neuropsychology, 1999
National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Early Career Contributions Award, 1998
Robert A. and Phyllis Levitt Early Career Award, Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) of the American Psychological Association, August 1997
Fred Foley Award for Best Practices in Mental Health and MS
Research Interests

He is currently studying disorders of memory and information processing in a variety of clinical populations including: multiple sclerosis, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, chronic fatigue syndrome, and traumatic brain injury.

Memberships

Brain Injury Association of America, 1988 - present
Society for Neuroscience, 1986 - present
International Neuropsychological Society, 1986 - present
National Academy of Neuropsychologist (Fellow), 1990 - present
New Jersey Psychological Association, 1989 - present
American Psychological Association (Fellow), 1989 - present
- Division 40: Clinical Neuropsychology
- Division 22: Rehabilitation Psychology
- Division 6: Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology
American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine (Fellow), 1991 - present
Association for Psychological Science (Fellow), 1995 - present
(Formerly the American Psychological Society)
Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, 2000 - present
Founding Member, Sports Neuropsychology Society (Fellow), 2011- Present
Awards Committee, Sports Neuropsychology Society, 2016 - Present