Robin Green, PhD, C.Psych
Dr. Robin Green is a tier II Canada Research Chair in traumatic brain injury and a clinical neuropsychologist. Her program of research addresses brain and behavioural mechanisms of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr. Green’s lab has shown that in addition to beneficial mechanisms that support recovery following a moderate or severe TBI, there are deleterious mechanisms in the sub-acute and chronic stages of injury that give rise to progressive cognitive, mood and neural deterioration. Her lab has contributed to the reconceptualization of TBI as a neurodegenerative disease process. The lab has focused on identifying modifiable (“post-injury”) factors that contribute to degeneration, focusing on the hippocampi in particular. They have identified that elevated anxiety and reduced cognitive stimulation are associated with hippocampal volume loss. Dr. Green is currently engaged in the development of interventions to mitigate the accelerated aging that is observed in the later stages of TBI by targeting such modifiable mechanisms. The treatments are delivered remotely in order to achieve maximum reach (e.g., into Northern Ontario and across provinces) and scale. Recently, Dr. Green started up a telehealth centre for remote delivery of clinical care through participation in research. The centre focuses on the enduring effects of brain injury as well as other neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis. Dr. Green completed her PhD at Cambridge University, a post-doctoral fellowship at St. Thomas’ and Guys Hospital, London, England, and her clinical training in neuropsychology at the University Health Network in Toronto. She is currently a senior scientist at the KITE Research Institute at University Health Network, where she is head of the Brain Discovery and Recovery Team and a co-lead of the Schroeder Brain Institute.
Dr. Green supervises clinical neuropsychology graduate students, graduate level clinical/research practicum students and post-doctoral fellows seeking licensure with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.