Dr. Noah Silverberg will be joining UBC's Psychology Department as an Assistant Professor in the summer of 2020.
Dr. Silverberg completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology specialty track) from the University of Windsor and a clinical internship at the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Consortium. Before joining the UBC Department of Psychology in 2020, Dr. Silverberg worked as a staff psychologist at British Columbia’s tertiary rehabilitation hospital (GF Strong Rehab Centre) for over 10 years, where he also led an interdisciplinary brain injury research program as a clinician-scientist. In 2015-2016, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program for military service members and veterans. He is a registrant of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia and board-certified in clinical neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP-CN).
His other roles and affiliations include:
- Principal Investigator, Rehabilitation Research Program, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
- Associate Member, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
- Chair, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Task Force on Mild TBI
- Member, Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium (CTRC)
- Scientific Advisory Committee, Brain Injury Canada
- Associate Editor, Frontiers of Neurology (Neurorehabilitation section)
- Club neuropsychologist, Vancouver Canucks (National Hockey League Protocol for Concussion Evaluation and Management)
Dr. Silverberg is interested in psychosocial determinants of health in neurological disorders, particularly concussion and traumatic brain injury. His research program aims to better understand the psychological mechanisms (e.g., maladaptive thinking and coping styles) that perpetuate symptoms after concussion and related health conditions. Dr. Silverberg uses these insights to develop and evaluate novel treatments. His other research interests include neuropsychological assessment methods, cognitive rehabilitation, metacognition, functional neurological disorder, and implementation science.
Examples of ongoing studies:
See here for a complete list of publications and below for representative examples.
Psychosocial contributions to concussion recovery
Greenberg, J., Mace, R. A., Funes, C. J., Silverberg, N. D., Iverson, G. L., Caplan, D. N., & Vranceanu, A. M. (2019). Pain catastrophizing and limiting behavior mediate the association between anxiety and postconcussion symptoms. Psychosomatics. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.psym.2019.09.004
Silverberg, N. D., Panenka, W. J., & Iverson, G. L. (2018). Fear avoidance and clinical outcomes from mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 35(16), 1864-1873. doi:10.1089/neu.2018.5662
Iverson, G. L., Terry, D. P., Karr, J. E., Panenka, W. J., & Silverberg, N. D. (2018). Perceived injustice and its correlates after mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 35(10), 1156-1166. doi:10.1089/neu.2017.5402
Silverberg, N. D., Iverson, G. L., & Panenka, W. (2017). Cogniphobia in mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 34(13), 2141-2146. doi:10.1089/neu.2016.4719
Concussion intervention studies
Ali, J. I., Mahoney, P., Dance, D., & Silverberg, N. D. (2019). Outcomes of a brief coping skills group intervention for adults with severe postconcussion symptoms. Concussion, 4(3), CNC67. doi:10.2217/cnc-2019-0011
Silverberg, N. D. (2019). Behavioral treatment for post-traumatic headache after mild traumatic brain injury: Rationale and case series. Neurorehabilitation, 44(4), 523-530. doi:10.3233/NRE-192708
Chan, C., Iverson, G. L., Purtzki, J., Wong, K., Kwan, V., Gagnon, I., & Silverberg, N. D. (2018). Safety of active rehabilitation for persistent symptoms after pediatric sport-related concussion: A randomized controlled trial. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 99(2), 242-249. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2017.09.108
Silverberg, N. D., Hallam, B. J., Rose, A., Underwood, H., Whitfield, K., Thornton, A. E., & Whittal, M. L. (2013). Cognitive-behavioral prevention of postconcussion syndrome in at-risk patients: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 28(4), 313-322. doi:10.1097/HTR.0b013e3182915cb5
Concussion knowledge synthesis
Silverberg, N. D., Duhaime, A. C., & Iaccarino, M. A. (2019). Mild traumatic brain injury in 2019-2020. Jama, doi:10.1001/jama.2019.18134
Silverberg, N. D., Iaccarino, M. A., Panenka, W. J., Iverson, G. L., McCulloch, K. L., Dams-O’Connor, K., . . . McCrea, M. on behalf of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group Mild TBI Task Force. (2019). Management of concussion and mild traumatic brain injury: A synthesis of practice guidelines. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2019.10.179
Stubbs, J. L., Thornton, A. E., Sevick, J. M., Silverberg, N. D., Barr, A. M., Honer, W. G., & Panenka, W. J. (2020). Traumatic brain injury in homeless and marginally housed individuals: A systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet Public Health, 5(1), e19-e32. doi:10.1016/S2468-2667(19)30188-4
Schneider, K. J., Leddy, J. J., Guskiewicz, K. M., Seifert, T., McCrea, M., Silverberg, N. D., . . . Makdissi, M. (2017). Rest and treatment/rehabilitation following sport-related concussion: A systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(12), 930-934. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-097475
Silverberg, N. D., Gardner, A. J., Brubacher, J. R., Panenka, W. J., Li, J. J., & Iverson, G. L. (2015). Systematic review of multivariable prognostic models for mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 32(8), 517-526. doi:10.1089/neu.2014.3600
Iverson, G. L., Ivins, B. J., Karr, J. E., Crane, P. K., Lange, R. T., Cole, W. R., & Silverberg, N. D. (2019). Comparing composite scores for the ANAM4 TBI-MIL for research in mild traumatic brain injury. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: The Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists, doi:10.1093/arclin/acz021
Silverberg, N. D., Crane, P. K., Dams-O'Connor, K., Holdnack, J. A., Ivins, B. J., Lange, R. T., . . . Iverson, G. L. (2017). Developing a cognition endpoint for traumatic brain injury clinical trials. Journal of Neurotrauma, 34(2), 363-371. doi:10.1089/neu.2016.4443
Holdnack, J. A., Iverson, G. L., Silverberg, N. D., Tulsky, D. S., & Heinemann, A. W. (2017). NIH toolbox cognition tests following traumatic brain injury: Frequency of low scores. Rehabilitation Psychology, 62(4), 474-484. doi:10.1037/rep0000145
Silverberg, N. D., & Millis, S. R. (2009). Impairment versus deficiency in neuropsychological assessment: Implications for ecological validity. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15(1), 94-102. doi:10.1017/S1355617708090139
Silverberg, N. D., Wertheimer, J. C., & Fichtenberg, N. L. (2007). An effort index for the repeatable battery for the assessment of neuropsychological status (RBANS). The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 21(5), 841-854. doi:10.1080/13854040600850958
- Dr. Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award, Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (2019)
- Health Professional Investigator Award, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2017)
- Clinician Scientist Award, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (2015)
- Mentored Clinician Scientist Award, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (2011)
Dr. Silverberg is accepting clinical psychology graduate students for the 2021-2022 academic year.