Dr. Emami is a fellowship-trained, sports neuropsychologist, who specializes in the assessment, clinical management, and treatment of concussions. Prior to starting at HSS, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Sports Medicine Concussion Program, where he was directly involved in all aspects of clinical care for pediatric and adult concussion patients, including high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. Dr. Emami has also been involved in multiple research projects, peer-reviewed publications, and invited lectures/presentations on the topic of sport-related concussion.
Dr. Emami received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Widener University with a concentration in clinical neuropsychology and completed APA-accredited internship rotations at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Department of Neurology) and Temple University Hospital (Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). He also received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and master's degrees in psychology from Pepperdine University and neuroscience from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Concussion care and management
Baseline and post-injury testing
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Psychologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology (in Neurology), Weill Cornell Medical College
Professional Member, Sports Neuropsychology Society
Professional Member, National Academy of Neuropsychology
Professional Member, American Psychological Association - Division 40 (Society for Clinical Neuropsychology)
Professional Member, New York Neuropsychology Group
Education: PsyD, Clinical Psychology/Neuropsychology, Widener University, Chester, PA, 2017
MS, Neuroscience, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2012
MA, Psychology, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 2010
Internship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2017
Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2016
Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Sports Medicine Concussion Program, Pittsburgh, PA, 2019
Dave, U., Shetty, T., Emami, K., Jivanelli, B., Cheng, J., Ling, D.I. (2022). A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Sex-Based Differences in Recurrent Concussion Incidence across Sports. Journal of Women's Sports Medicine. 2(3): 95-107. https://doi.org/10.53646/jwsm.v2i2.28.
Trbovich, A.M., Preszler, J., Emami, K., Cohen, P., Eagle, S., Collins, M.W., & Kontos, A.P. (2021). Is Overparenting Associated with Adolescent/Young Adult Emotional Functioning and Clinical Outcomes following Concussion? Child Psychiatry & Human Development. 53(6): 1231-1239. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-021-01204-8.
Kontos, A.P., Jorgensen-Wagers, K., Trbovich, A.M., Ernst, N., Emami, K., Gillie, B., French, J.E., Holland, C., Elbin, R.J., & Collins, M.W. (2020). Association of Time Since Injury to the First Clinic Visit with Recovery following Concussion. JAMA Neurology. 77(4): 435-440. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.4552.
Ernst, N., Schatz, P., Trbovich, A.M., Emami, K., Eagle, S.R., Mucha, A., Collins, M.W., & Kontos, A.P. (2020). Utility of 1 Measurement Versus Multiple Measurements of Near Point of Convergence After Concussion. Journal of Athletic Training. 55(8): 850-855. doi:10.4085/1062-6050-431-19.
Kontos, A.P., Sufrinko, A.M., Sandel, N., Emami, K., & Collins, M.W. (2019). Sport-related Concussion Clinical Profiles: Clinical Characteristics, Targeted Treatments, and Preliminary Evidence. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 18(3): 82- 92. doi:10.1249/JSR.0000000000000573.
Doperak, J., Anderson, K., Collins, M.W. & Emami, K. (2019). Sport-related Concussion Evaluation and Management. Clinics in Sports Medicine. 38(4): 397-411. doi:10.1016/j.csm.2019.06.003.
Trbovich, A.M., Sherry, N.K., Henley, J., Emami, K., & Kontos, A.P. (2019). The Utility of the Convergence Insufficiency Symptom Survey (CISS) Post-Concussion. Brain Injury. 33(12): 1545-1551. doi:10.1080/02699052.2019.1658131.
Emami, K., Sufrinko, A.M., Cohen, P.E., Collins, M.W., & Kontos, A.P. (2019). Examining Parenting Practices and the Family Environment among Patients Diagnosed with Sport- and Non-Sport-Related Concussion. Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal. V30, 195.
Emami, K., Sufrinko, A.M., Puskar, A., Elbin, R.J., Collins, M.W., & Kontos, A.P. (2018). The Predictive Value of Physical Activity and Sleep on Clinical Outcomes Following Sport-Related Concussion. Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal. V29, 143-145.
For publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Kontos, A.P., Pan, R., & Emami, K. (2020). Mental Health Manifestations of Concussion. In: Hong, E., Rao, A. (eds). Mental Health in the Athlete. Springer, Cham.
Emami, K., Sufrinko, A.M., Collins, M.W., Kontos, A.P., & Rossi, E.A. (2019, May). Examining the Relationship between Biopsychosocial History and Clinical Profiles Following Concussion. Poster presented at the 7th Annual Sport Concussion Symposium and Meeting of the Sports Neuropsychology Society, Seattle, WA.
Emami, K. (2018). "Evidence Based Evaluation and Management of Sport-Related Concussion." Presented at TBI-ED: Tackling Brain Injuries through Education Design. Brown University, Providence, RI.
Emami, K., Sufrinko, A.M, Howie, E.K., Puskar, A., Elbin, R.J., Collins, M.W., & Kontos, A.P. (2018, May). The Predictive Value of Physical Activity and Sleep on Clinical Outcomes Following Sport-Related Concussion. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Sport Concussion Symposium and Meeting of the Sports Neuropsychology Society, Washington, D.C.
Emami, K., Butler, R., Bordenave, J., Tedaldi, E., Fischer, T., & Minniti, N. (2016, June). Subjective Memory Complaints are Best Predicted by Self-Reported Depression in an Urban HIV+ Cohort. Poster presented at the 14th Annual American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Conference, Chicago, IL.
Emami, K., Butler, R., Bordenave, J., Tedaldi, E., Fischer, T., & Minniti, N. (2016, June). HIV Infection May Not Account for Neuropsychological Impairment in an HIV+ Urban Sample. Poster presented at the 14th Annual American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Conference, Chicago, IL.
Emami, K., Sandel, N., Tedaldi, E., Fischer, T., & Minniti, N. (2015, November). Word Reading Ability is a Better Predictor of Global Neuropsychological Performance in an Urban HIV+ Cohort. Poster presented at the 35th Annual National Academy of Neuropsychology Conference, Austin, TX.
Sandel, N., Emami, K., Tedaldi, E., Fischer, T., & Minniti, N. (2015, November). Construct Validity of NAB Mazes and Relationship with CD4+ T-cell Nadirs in an Urban HIV+ Cohort. Poster presented at the 35th Annual National Academy of Neuropsychology Conference, Austin, TX.
Minniti, N., Emami, K., Sandel, N., Tedaldi, E., & Fischer, T. (2015, June). Discrepancy between Years of Education and Reading Level Affects Neuropsychological Performance in an Urban HIV Infected Cohort. Poster presented at the 13th International Symposium on NeuroVirology, San Diego, CA.
Fleischer, J., Emami, K., & Goldberg, K. (2014, June). The Relationship Between Symptom Report and Neurocognitive Performance on the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) Test Among College Athletes. Poster presented at the 12th Annual American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Conference, New York, NY.
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