Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD

Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD

Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD
Phone: 973-324-8440

Nancy D. Chiaravalloti, PhD is the Director of Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Laboratory and Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation, an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School and a licensed psychologist in the States of New Jersey and New York. She is the Project Director for the Northern New Jersey TBI Model System funded by the Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a division of the Department of Education. Dr. Chiaravalloti conducts research in cognitive rehabilitation, particularly in new learning, memory and processing speed. She has had several grant successes over the years including an ongoing clinical trial funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) to examine the efficacy of Speed of Processing Training in persons with Multiple Sclerosis. She also recently completed an RO1 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct a clinical trial to examine specific behavioral techniques to improve learning and memory in persons with MS, as well as a competitive supplement to allow for pre and post neuroimaging in that clinical trial. She is currently conducting a similar clinical trial in Traumatic Brain Injury funded by NIDRR. Her grant history also includes projects funded by the NMSS and the National Stroke Association. A second major area of research interest for Dr. Chiaravalloti is in functional neuroimaging (funded by the NIH, NIDRR, and NMSS) in an effort to identify the cerebral substrates underlying cognitive dysfunction following brain injury or illness and potentially to monitor cognitive rehabilitation effectiveness. Dr. Chiaravalloti has been the recipient of several early career awards including the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Early Career Award for Contributions to Clinical Neuropsychology (2005) and the Rosenthal Early Career Award for significant contribution to research in Rehabilitation Psychology from the American Psychological Association, Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology ; 2007). She is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, the American Psychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

Dr. Chiaravalloti is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who earned her Bachelor's degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. She then earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA, completing her internship training at Brown University and her post-doctoral training at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School / Kessler Foundation Research Center.

Educational Background:
Ph.D. MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA, Clinical Neuropsychology
M.A. MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA, Clinical Neuropsychology
B.S. Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, Neuropsychology

In this 221k+ viewed Tedx Talk, Dr. Chiaravalloti discusses the learning process and techniques that have been shown to improve learning and memory in healthy persons. She walks through the evidence demonstrating these techniques to additionally be helpful to persons with Multiple Sclerosis and Traumatic Brain Injury. Techniques discussed include a structured treatment protocol, the modified Story Memory Technique (mSMT) and its critical ingredients, context and imagery.