Research Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Research, Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Western Michigan University, BS 1970, Education
Western Michigan University, MA 1972, Counseling and Personnel
University of Notre Dame, MA 1990, Counseling Psychology
University of Notre Dame, PhD 1993, Counseling Psychology
Dartmouth Medical School, Post-doc.1994, Neuropsychology
Dr. Maerlender is a Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist (American Board of Professional Psychology: ABPP-CN) and retired from Dartmouth Medical School (Geisel) – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as the Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology (2002-2014) before coming to UNL. Research interests have included work in test development, learning disabilities, Autism, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). As the Director of Clinical Research at CB3 he is focused on improving the system of care for TBI both at UNL and in the state, while conducting research into the identification and treatment of sports-related concussions and mild TBI. In addition to conducting research studies in sport-related concussion, he directs the Concussion Assessment Program that is responsible for neuropsychological testing of varsity and club-sport athletes at UNL.
For the past 10 years he has been providing testing consultation and expertise to over 30 concussion management programs for youth leagues, schools, colleges and professional teams; he continues to consult to programs in New Hampshire and Nebraska. He founded the NH Advisory Council on Sports Concussions and has been active nationally both in research and advocacy. He was the original co-leader of the B1G 10-Ivy League Collaboration of Research in Sports Concussions, and with the move to Nebraska became the Research Director of that Collaboration. He served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Sports-Related Concussions in Youth (2012-2013) and has been on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists for the Brain Injury Association – USA since 2012. He currently serves on the Nebraska Brain Injury Association Board, the Nebraska Concussion Coalition and on the Advisory Board of the Minority Health Disparities Initiative at UNL. In 2014 he was awarded the Safe Sports Star of the Year by the New Hampshire Safe Sports Network for outstanding contributions to youth sport safety in the State of New Hampshire. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Neuropsychology, and the Sports Neuropsychology Society. His athletic credentials include representative-level rugby rugby (Midwest, Michigan) and coach (University of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, St. Michael’s College, VT, Dartmouth College); he continues to work with and support youth and collegiate rugby teams.
Positions and Honors
2014 –present: Research Associate Professor (Psychology), Associate Director and Director of Clinical Research for the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3) University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center.
1999 – 2014: Assistant Professor, clinical neuropsychologist, Director, Pediatric Neuropsychological Services, Sections of Neuropsychology and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dartmouth –Hitchcock Psychiatric Associates, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Neuropsychological assessments, research, consultation, supervision, training and program coordination. Chair, NH Advisory Council on Sports Concussion; Head injury consultation (Credentialed ImPACT Consultant): Director, Co-Leader of the Ivy League-Big 10 Research Collaboration on Sports Concussions; Board of Governors of the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists (Brain Injury Association of America), Board Member, New Hampshire brain Injury Association.
2002 – 2014 Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University, New England. Field supervisor for Doctoral students.
Selected Peer-reviewed Publications
Wilcox, B, Beckwith, JG, Greenwald R, Raukar, NR, Chu, JJ, McAllister, TW, Flashman, L, Maerlender, AC, Duhaime, AC,Crisco, JJ (2015). Biomechanics of Head Impacts Associated with Diagnosed Concussion in Female Collegiate Ice Hockey Players. Journal of Biomechanics, 48, 2201-04.
Maerlender, A., Molfese, D. (2015). Repeat baseline testing in collegiate athletes. Developmental Neuropsychology, 40, 69-73.
Maerlender, A., Rieman, W., Lichtenstein, J., Condiracci, C. (2015). Programmed Physical Exertion in Recovery from Sports-Related Concussion: A Randomized Pilot Study. Developmental Neuropsychology, Published online, July 31, 2015; DOI:10.1080/87565641.2015.1067706
Maerlender, A., Rieman, W., Lichtenstein, J. (In press). The effect of physical exertion on recovery from sports-related concussion in a college sample. Developmental Neuropsychology.
Maerlender, A., Heath, L., Holcomb, M. (In review). Increased Intrasubtest Scatter on WISC-IV Verbal Subtests in Language Disorder Clinical Groups. Psychology in the Schools.
Rowson, S., Duma, S., Greenwald, R, Beckwith, J., Chu, J., Guskiewicz, K., Mihalik, J., Crisco, J., Wilcox, B., McAllister, T., Maerlender, A., Broglio, S., Schnebel, B., Anderson, S., Brolinson, P.G., (2014) Can helmet design reduce the risk of concussion in football? Journal of Neurosurgery, Published online January 31, 2014; DOI: 10.3171/2014.1.JNS13916.
Wilcox, B., Crisco, J.J., Beckwith, J.G., Greenwald, R., Chu, J., Duhaime, A-C., Flashman, L., Maerlender, A., McAllister, T. (2013). Head Impact Exposure in Male and Female Collegiate Ice Hockey Players. Journal of Biomechanics. In press.
MacAllister, T.W., Ford, J.C., Flashman, L., Maerlender, A. Greenwald, R., Beckwith, J., Tosteson, T.D., Turco, J. Raman, R., and Jain, S. (2014). Effect of head impacts on diffusivity measures in a cohort of collegiate contact sport athletes. Neurology, 82, 1-7.
Schatz, P. & Maerlender, A. (2013). A two-factor theory for concussion assessment using ImPACT: Memory and Speed. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 28, 791-797.
Maerlender, A., Flashman, L., Kessler, A., Kumbhani, S. Greenwald, R. Tosteson, T. & McAllister, T. (2013). The discriminant construct validity of ImPACT™: A companion study. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 27, 290-299.
Duhaime AC, Beckwith JG, Maerlender AC, McAllister TW, Crisco JJ, Duma SM, Brolinson PG, Rowson S, Flashman LA, Chu JJ, Greenwald RM. (2012). Spectrum of acute clinical characteristics of diagnosed concussions in college athletes wearing instrumented helmets. Journal of Neurosurgery, 117(6), 1092-9.
Rowson S, Duma S, Beckwith J, Chu J, Greenwald R, Crisco J, Brolinson P, Duhaime A-C, McAllister T, and Maerlender A. (2012). Rotational Head Kinematics in Football Impacts: An Injury Risk Function for Concussion. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 40(1), 1-13
McAllister, T., Flashman, L., Maerlender, A. et al (2012). Cognitive effects of one season of repetitive head impacts in collegiate contact sport athletes. Neurology, 78, 1777-1784.
Doolan, A.W., Day, D.D., Maerlender, A.C., Goforth, & Brolinson, G.P. (2012). A review of return to play issues and sports-related concussion, Annals of Biomechanical Engineering , 40, 106-113.
Brainard, L, Beckwith, J.G., Chu, J.J., Crisco, J.J., McAllister, T.W., Duhaime, A.C., Maerlender, A., and Greenwalld, R. (2012). Gender differences in head impact sustained by collegiate ice hockey players. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 44, 297-304.
Crisco, J.J., Wilcox, B.J., Beckwith, J.G., Chu, J.J., Duhaime, A.C., Rowson, S., Duma, S.M., Maerlender, A.C., McAllister, T.W., Greenwald, R.M. (2011). Head impact exposure in collegiate football players. Journal of Biomechanics, 44, 2673-2678.
Maerlender, A. (2010). Short-term Memory and Auditory Processing Disorders (APD): Concurrent Validity and Clinical Diagnostic Markers. Psychology in the Schools, 47, 975-984.
Maerlender, A., Flashman, L., Kessler, A., Kumbhani, S. Greenwald, R. Tosteson, T. & McAllister, T. (2010). Examination of the Construct Validity of ImPACT™ Computerized Test, Traditional, and Experimental Neuropsychological Measures. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24, 1309-1325.
Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC). 2013. Sports-related concussions in youth: Improving the science, changing the culture. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Maerlender, A. & Bell, L. (2013). (C)APD and ADHD: A Neuropsychological Perspective. In F. Musiek & G. Chermak, (Eds.) Handbook of Central Auditory Processing Disorder: From Science to Practice, Volume 1, 2nd Edition. San Diego, CA: Plural Press.
Maerlender, A. (2012). Review of Sport Neuropsychology, F. Webbe, Editor, NY: Springer. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.
Carlisle, L.L., King, B.H., and Maerlender, A.C. (2012). Mental retardation. In W.M. Klyklyo & J. Kay (Eds.). Clinical Child Psychiatry, 3rd Edition. London: John Wiley
McGowan, M., McCloskey, G., Maerlender, A., & Whitaker, J. (2011). Neuropsychology of auditory processing disorders. In Davis, A. (Ed.) Handbook of Pediatric Neuropsychology. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Wechsler, D., Kaplan, E., Fein, D., Kramer, J., Delis, D., Morris, R., and Maerlender, A., (2004). Manual for the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 4th Edition, Integrated (WISC-IV). San Antonio, TX: The Psychological Corp.
Wechsler, D., Kaplan, E., Fein, D., Kramer, J., Delis, D., Morris, R., and Maerlender, A., (2004). Technical Manual for the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 4th Edition, Integrated (WISC-IV). San Antonio, TX: The Psychological Corp.
Kovner-Kline, K, Maerlender A, & The National Commission of Children at Risk (2003). Hardwired to connect: The new scientific case for authoritative communities. NY: Institute for American Values.
Shull, C., Klainer, D. Maerlender A. (1972). Process as content: The FLEX human relations model. Impact: Magazine for innovation and change in the helping professions (ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Personnel Services), 2, 53-58.
H21MC2691801-00 The concussion playbook: A system of care for sports concussions and mTBI (Consultant; PI: Capuco). A HRSA demonstration grant to develop a system of care for mTBI management in pilot schools in New Hampshire.
Council of Ivy League Presidents & The Big Ten Conference. The Epidemiology of Concussions in Ivy League/Big Ten Sports: A Web-Based Registry (Local PI: Maerlender). Developing a registry of sports concussion data across the B1G 10-Ivy League teams.
HD044774-01 (PI: McAllister) NIH/NICHHD R01 Methylphenidate Modulation of Memory/Attention Training 07/01/06-04/30/11 The goals of this proposal are: (1) To compare the efficacy of three interventions: memory and attention training (MAAT), methylphenidate, and memory/attention training in combination with methylphenidate and (2) use functional MRI (fMRI) to characterize changes in activation of the neural circuitry of memory and attention due to MAAT alone, methylphenidate alone, and MAAT in combination with methylphenidate.
1R01HD48638 Biomechanical Basis of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. NICHD Biomedical Research Partnership Grant. 2007-2012. Principal Investigator(PI): Richard M. Greenwald, PhD., (TW McAllister Site PI, Dartmouth Medical School). This project uses helmet based accelerometers, structural and functional imaging, and neurocognitive assessment to study the effects of concussion and repetitive sub-concussive blows to the head in college student athletes (Dartmouth football and hockey players).
1R01HD48638: Biomechanical Basis of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. NICHD Biomedical Research Partnership Grant. 2007-2012. Principal Investigator(PI): Richard M. Greenwald, PhD., (McAllister Site PI, Dartmouth Medical School).
This project uses helmet based accelerometers, structural and functional imaging, and neurocognitive assessment to study the effects of concussion and repetitive sub-concussive blows to the head in college student.
Hitchcock Foundation 2010-2011, The effect of exertion on recovery from mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and concussion. PI: W. Rieman, PhD. (CO-PI). This project is studying the effect of a moderate exertion protocol on recovery trajectories after sports related concussions.
American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology 2012-2013. The cost effectiveness of neuropsychological consulting in sports concussion management. PI: Maerlender. A program evaluation study comparing approaches to program consultation.