Amery Treble-Barna, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Clinical and Translational Science

Through her research, Treble-Barna aims to understand the various developmental, neuropathological, environmental, and genetic factors that interact to produce neurobehavioral phenotypes. In line with this goal, she has established a programmatic line of research studying children with spina bifida myelomeningocele (SBM) and children who sustain traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her research program is guided by five central objectives:

  • To characterize neurobehavioral outcomes
  • To identify underlying neural correlates and pathophysiological mechanisms
  • To illuminate the moderating role of the family environment in promoting neurobehavioral function and recovery
  • To elucidate genetic and epigenetic influences on neurobehavioral function and recovery
  • To inform improved prognostic tools and novel interventions

Through the study of congenital and acquired childhood brain disorders, she aims not only to elucidate general principles of typical and atypical brain function, but also to increase understanding of specific conditions such that findings can be translated into improved clinical care. The Treble-Barna Lab for Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Research is located at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Education & Training

  • BS (Hons) with High Distinction, Psychology, University of Toronto, 2008
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Houston, 2010
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Houston, 2014
  • Clinical Internship in Professional Psychology, Nationwide Children's Hospital, 2013-2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2014-2016

Selected Publications

Academic and Research Interests

  • Pediatric traumatic brain injury
  • Rehabilitation utilization
  • Epigenetics
  • Biomarkers
  • Genetics
  • Clinical neuropsychology

Research Grants

NIH R03HD101746, Development and initial validation of a caregiver-report measure of rehabilitation utilization (MPI, 15% effort), 2021-2023.

NIH K01HD097030, Epigenetic influences on neurobehavioral recovery following pediatric traumatic brain injury (PI, 75% effort), 2019-2024.