Joseph Ricker, PhD, ABPP (CN, RP)
Associate Professor & Vice Chair
for Neuropsychology & Rehabilitation Psychology
Associate Director for Research
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Academic phone: 412-648-6666
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Clinical phone: 412-648-6848
Dr. Joseph Ricker is a tenured Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Neuropsychology & Rehabilitation Psychology in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His overall program of research is in the examination of the correlates and outcomes of cognitive impairment, recovery, and rehabilitation following human traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other neurological disorders (e.g., multiple sclerosis). Current research projects include the examination of altered cerebral blood flow, in conjunction with functional connectivity studies, as they relate to impaired episodic and working memory after brain injury. Research programs include the use of technologies such as functional MRI (FMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and functional near infrared spectroscopy (FNIRS). Over the past 10 years, he has been the Principal Investigator of four NIH-funded grants that have examined human brain injury, including two NIH R01-funded projects that use FMRI and FMRI+DTI to study cognitive and functional aspects of traumatic brain injury. Dr. Ricker is the author of over 65 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 20 published or in press book chapters, editor or co-editor of 3 books, and has authored numerous abstracts and other professional publications. He is a member of the editorial boards of 4 scientific journals, including the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, the Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology, The Clinical Neuropsychologist, and Rehabilitation Psychology. He serves as a grant reviewer for multiple private and federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation.
Dr. Ricker received his PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1992 from the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology program at Wayne State University. Following an APA-accredited Veterans Affairs Medical Center Clinical Psychology internship encompassing training in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric, behavioral health and neuropsychology units and clinics, he subsequently completed formal postdoctoral residency training in both Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology. He has been licensed as a Psychologist in 5 states, and holds board certification in the specialty areas of Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology, both granted by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP; www.abpp.org ). He has been a member of the Board of Directors of each specialty board and is currently an oral boards examiner for both specialties. In 2010, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (www.theaacn.org ). Dr. Ricker has been the recipient of several national awards and honors in psychology, including two separate Early Career Awards in 2001 from the American Psychological Association (in Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology). In 2003, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association through the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40). In 2004, he was endorsed again as a Fellow through a second APA Division, Rehabilitation Psychology (Division 22).
In addition to providing inpatient neuropsychological and psychological evaluation and treatment services at UPMC Rehabilitation InstituteŇs Montefiore Hospital and Mercy Hospital, Dr. Ricker performs outpatient clinical neuropsychological and psychological evaluations with adults that have experienced neurological injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury, neurosurgical intervention), neuromedical conditions (e.g., multiple sclerosis, stroke, other cerebrovascular conditions) or psychiatric disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD). He is also available to provide independent neuropsychological and psychological evaluations (IMEs), record reviews, and consultation in relation to civil forensic and disability matters.
Ricker JH. The Neurological Examination, Radiologic, and Other Diagnostic Testing: A Review for Neuropsychologists. In KJ Stucky, J Donders & M Kirkwood (Eds.), American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Study Guide and Board Review. New York: Oxford University Press. In press.
Arenth PM, Russell KC, Scanlon JM, Kessler LJ, Ricker JH. Corpus callosum integrity and neuropsychological performance after traumatic brain injury: A diffusion tensor imaging study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. In Press.
Ricker JH. Connectivity studies in neuropsychology. In S Koffler, JE Morgan, IS Baron, & MF Greiffenstein (eds.), Neuropsychology Science and Practice. New York: Oxford University Press. 2013; (Chapter 8; pp 208-221). New York: Oxford University Press.
Zafonte RD, Bagiella E, Ansel BM, Novack TA, Friedewald WT, Hesdorffer DC, Timmons SD, Jallo J, Eisenberg H, Hart T, Ricker JH, Diaz-Arrastia R, Merchant RE, Temkin N, Dikmen SS, & the COBRIT Study Group. (2012). Results of the Citicoline Brain Injury Treatment Trial (COBRIT): A randomized trial. JAMA: Journal of the America Medical Association, 308(19), 1993-2000.
Wagner AK, Hatz LE, Scanlon JM, Niyonkuru C, Miller MA, Ricker JH, Conley YP, Ferrell RE. (2012). Association of KIBRA rs17010145 polymorphism and episodic memory in individuals with severe TBI. Brain Injury, 26(13-14): 1658-1669.
Ricker JH. (2012). Functional neuroimaging in forensic neuropsychology (Chapter 6; pp 160-178). In G Larrabee (ed.) Forensic neuropsychology: A scientific approach. New York: Oxford University Press.
Arenth PM, Russell KC, Scanlon JM, Kessler LJ, & Ricker JH. (2012). Encoding and recognition after TBI: Neuropsychological and FMRI findings. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology, 34(4): 333-344.
Russell KC, Arenth PM, Scanlon JM, Kessler LJ, & Ricker JH. (2012). Hemispheric and executive influences on low-level language processing after traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 26(7-8): 984-995.
Wagner AK, Brett CA, McCullough EH, Niyonkuru C, Loucks TL, Dixon CE, Ricker JH, Arenth PM, Berga Sl. (2012). Persistent hypogoandism influences estrogen synthesis, cognition and outcome in males after severe TBI. Brain Injury, 26(10), 1226-1242.
Russell KC, Arenth PM, Scanlon JM, Kessler LJ, & Ricker JH. (2011). An FMRI investigation of episodic memory after TBI. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology, 33(5): 538-547.
Arenth PM, Russell KC, Zafonte RD, Ricker JH. (2011). CDP-Choline as a biological supplement during neurorecovery. PM&R: The Official Journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 3(6): 123-131.
Whyte E, Aizenstein H, Skidmore E, Ricker JH, Butters M. (2011). Cognitive impairment in acquired brain injury: A predictor of rehabilitation outcomes and an opportunity for novel interventions. PM&R: The Official Journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 3(6): 45-51.
Morgan JE, Baron IS & Ricker JH (Eds.) (2011). Casebook of Clinical Neuropsychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
Ricker JH. (2010). Traumatic brain injury. In R. Frank, M. Rosenthal & B. Caplan (eds), Handbook of rehabilitation psychology (Chapter 3; pp 43-62). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Zafonte RD, Friedewald WT, Lee SM, Levin B, Diaz-Arrastia R, Ansel B, Eisenberg H, Timmons S, Temkin N, Novack T, Ricker JH, Merchant R, Jallo J. (2009). The citicoline brain injury treatment trial. Journal of Neurotrauma, 26(12), 2207-2216.
Morgan JE & Ricker JH. (2008). Textbook of Clinical Neuropsychology. London: Taylor & Francis Publishing.
Hanks RA, Millis SR, Ricker JH, Giacino J, Nakese-Richardson R, Frol A, Novack T, Kalmar K, Sherer M, & Gordon W. (2008). The predictive validity of a brief inpatient neuropsychological battery for persons with traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 80(5), 950-957.
Kalmar K, Novack T, Nakase-Richardson R, Sherer M, Frol AB, Gordon W., Hanks RA, Giacino JT, & Ricker JH. (2008). Feasibility of a brief neuropsychological test battery during acute inpatient rehabilitation after TBI. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 80(5), 242-249.
Goldman Consensus Group (36 total contributors). (2006). Identification and treatment of depression in multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, 11, 328-337.
Chiaravalloti ND, DeLuca J, Moore NB, Ricker JH. (2005). Treating learning impairments improves memory performance in multiple sclerosis: a randomized clinical trial. Multiple Sclerosis, 11(1), 58-68.
Li Y, Chiaravalloti N, Hillary FG, DeLuca J, Liu WC, Kalnin AJ, & Ricker JH. (2004). Differential cerebellar activation on FMRI during working memory performance in patients with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 85, 635-639.
Hillary FG, Chiaravalloti ND, Ricker JH, Kalnin AJ, Steffener J, Liu WC, Lange G. (2003). An FMRI investigation of working memory rehearsal in multiple sclerosis. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology, 25(7), 965-978.
Ricker JH (Ed.). (2004). Differential Diagnosis in Adult Neuropsychological Assessment. New York: Springer.
Lengenfelder J, Chiaravalloti ND, Ricker JH, DeLuca J. (2003). Deciphering the components of impaired working memory in multiple sclerosis. Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology, 16(1), 28-39.
Hillary FG, Schatz P, Moelter S, Lowry JB, Ricker JH, Chute DL. (2002). Motor vehicle collision factors influencing the nature and magnitude of traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury 16(8), 729-741.
Ricker JH, Rosenthal M, Garay E, DeLuca J, Germain A, Abraham-Fuchs K, Schmidt KU. (2002). Telerehabilitation needs: A survey of persons with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 17(3):242-250.
Millis SR, Rosenthal M, Novack TA, Sherer M, Nick TG, Kreutzer JS, High WM, Ricker JH. (2001). Long-term neuropsychological outcome following traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 16(4), 343-355.
Ricker, JH, Hillary, F. & DeLuca, J. (2001). Functionally Activated Brain Imaging (O-15 PET and fMRI) in the Study of Memory after Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 16(2), 191-205
Ricker, JH, Mčller, R.A., Zafonte, R.D., Black, K., Millis, S.R., & Chugani, H. (2001). Verbal recall and recognition following traumatic brain injury: A [15O]-water positron emission tomography study. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology, 23(2), 196-206.
Christodoulou C, DeLuca J, Ricker JH, Madigan N, Bly BM, Lange G, Kalnin AJ, Liu WC, Steffener, J, Ni AC. (2001). Functional magnetic resonance imaging of working memory impairment following traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 71, 161-168.
2003-2013 Joseph Ricker / University of Pittsburgh / UPMC Rehabilitation Institute / University of Pittsburgh Medical Center / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania