Sonja Blum

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Visiting Assistant Professor Social Science & Cultural Studies (718) 687-5964 p Brooklyn Campus, DeKalb Hall 109


MD, PhD Neuroscience, University of Texas

Neurology Residency, Columbia University

Behavioral Neurology Fellowship, Columbia University


Sonja is a cognitive neurologist, working with patients with memory, attention, language and other cognitive problems. Her research explores mechanisms of memory formation, and how this relates to the construction of individual and collective identity. In particular, Sonja is interested in how the personally experienced and media-captured and disseminated information interact in this process. In addition to her scientific research, she explores these themes through narrative and artistic inquiry, combining mixed media installation and writing.

Prior to joining Pratt, Sonja was an Assistant Professor of Neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center from 2012 until 2016, and an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU from 2014 until 2016. She is currently also adjunct faculty at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).

Recent and forthcoming publications include:

Blum S and Silver J. Neuropsychiatric Assessment for Clinicians. Oxford Textbook of Neuropsychiatry. Editors: Bodani, Faruqui and Agarwal. (submitted).

Gurin L, Blum S. Delusions and the right hemisphere: review of the viewpoint that the right hemisphere is a mediator of reality-based belief. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, March 2017.

Gurin, L., Rabinowitz, L., and Blum, S. Predictors of recovery from post-traumatic amnesia. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, Winter 2016.

Blum, S., Habeck, C., Steffener, J., Razlighi, Q., Stern, Y. Functional connectivity of the posterior hippocampus is more dominant as we age. Cognitive Neuroscience October 2014.

Saba, S. and Blum, S. Transcallosal aphasia and callosal disconnection syndrome due to isolated infarction of the corpus callosum. BMJ case reports June 2014.

Brickman AM, Provenzano FA, Richards C, Wasserman BT, Muraskin J, Manly JJ, Schupf N, Blum S, Luchsinger JA, Mayeux R. Parietal lobe white matter hyperintensity volume, not hippocampal atrophy, predicts incident Alzheimers disease in a community-based cohort. Archives of Neurology, 2012 Sep 3:1-7.

Blum, S., Luchsinger, JA, Manly, JJ, Stern, Y, DeCarli, C, Mayeux, RP, Small, SA, Brickman, AM. Memory after stroke: Hippocampus and infarcts both matter. Neurology 2012 Jan 3; 78(1):38-46.