Olga Boukrina, PhD

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Senior Research Scientist

Neurolinguistics and Brain Connectivity Laboratory

Olga Boukrina received a PhD at Rutgers University, working with Dr. Stephen José Hanson in cognitive neuroscience and advanced statistics. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neuroscience of language under the direction of Dr. William W. Graves, investigating brain function in healthy adults and stroke survivors.

Dr. Boukrina has over 9 years of experience in MRI data analysis, including lesion mapping, lesion-deficit analysis, diffusion, perfusion, univariate/multivariate pattern analysis of functional neuroimaging data, and network connectivity analysis for deriving global patterns of brain activity. Since 2015, she has been a research scientist in the Center for Stroke Rehabilitation Research, where she directs the Neurolinguistics and Brain Connectivity Lab. Dr. Boukrina’s work focuses on behavioral and physiological research to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of stroke-related impairments in reading and spatial processing.

Dr. Boukrina oversees the workflow of several imaging biomarker studies of these conditions. Her research is funded by grants from the Mabel H. Flory Foundation, the American Heart Association, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). This work is also made possible through her close partnership with clinical colleagues at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, NYU-Bellevue Hospital, and the Adler Aphasia Center.

Brain Connectivity
Postdoctoral Fellow - Neuroscience, Rutgers University
PhD - Psychology, Rutgers University
BA - Psychology, Binghamton University
Norman Samuels Scholarship, Rutgers University, 2007
Cognitive Science Fellowship Northwestern University, 2005
H.B. Daly Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Binghamton University, 2004
Undergraduate Research Grant, Binghamton University, 2004
Member, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Binghamton University, 2001
Member, Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, Binghamton University, 2001
Member, The National Scholars Honor Society, Binghamton University, 2001
Recipient of Town of Borovichi Scholarship, Borovichi School Number 1, 1997-1999
Winner Novgorod Region Olympiad in Russian Language, Borovichi School Number 1, 1997
Research Interests
  • Functional and Structural Neuroimaging in Stroke
  • Neural Networks Underlying Spatial Cognition and Language
  • Alterations of Cerebral Blood Flow in Stroke and Stroke Recovery
  • Brain Connectivity as Predictor of Functional Impairments after Stroke


  1. Barrett, A.M., Boukrina, O., Saleh, S. (2019). Ventral attention and motor network connectivity is relevant to functional impairment in spatial neglect after right brain stroke. Brain and Cognition, 129: 16-24. PMID: 30522777.
  2. Boukrina, O & Barrett, AM. Disruption of the ascending arousal system and cortical attention networks in post-stroke delirium and spatial neglect. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 2017 Sept. 27; 83:1-10. PubMed PMID: 28963037.
  3. Boukrina O, Barrett AM, Alexander EJ, Yao B, Graves WW. Neurally dissociable cognitive components of reading deficits in subacute stroke. Front Hum Neurosci. 2015 May 27;9:298. PubMed PMID: 26082701; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4444825.
  4. Graves WW, Boukrina O, Mattheiss SR, Alexander EJ, Baillet S. Reversing the Standard Neural Signature of the Word-Nonword Distinction. J Cogn Neurosci. 2017 Jan;29(1):79-94. PubMed PMID: 27574917; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5193100.
  5. Dobryakova E, Boukrina O, Wylie GR. Investigation of Information Flow During a Novel Working Memory Task in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain Connect. 2015 Sep;5(7):433-41. PubMed PMID: 25490432; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4575523.
  6. Boukrina O, Hanson SJ, Hanson C. Modeling activation and effective connectivity of VWFA in same script bilinguals. Hum Brain Mapp. 2014 Jun;35(6):2543-60. PubMed PMID: 24038636.
  7. Boukrina O, Graves WW. Neural networks underlying contributions from semantics in reading aloud. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013 Sep 2;7:518. PubMed PMID: 24032009; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3759008.
  8. Kurtz KJ, Boukrina O, Gentner D. Comparison promotes learning and transfer of relational categories. J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn. 2013 Jul;39(4):1303-10. PubMed PMID: 23421515.