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

MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Sonja Blum is a cognitive neurologist, working with patients with memory, attention, language and other cognitive problems. Her research explores mechanisms of long-term memory function and the pathology of memory function in aging, as well as after traumatic brain injury. In addition, through narrative and artistic inquiry, her work explores how memory function is related to the construction of individual and collective identity, combining multimedia installation and writing, as well as an ongoing project on collective fear and anxiety using methodologies of art-dialogue and therapeutic discourse.

Recent and forthcoming publications include:

Blum S. Change blindness: from neurons to social networks (submitted)

Blum S and Silver J. Neuropsychiatric Assessment for Clinicians. Oxford Textbook of Neuropsychiatry. Editors: Bodani, Faruqui and Agarwal (forthcoming summer 2020).

Giacino, J, Whyte J, Nakase-Richardson R, Blum S et al. Minimal Competency Guidelines for Rehabilitation Management of Persons with Disorders of Consciousness. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, June 2020.

Katz D, Sherer M, Bodien Y, Blum S et al. Post-traumatic brain injury confusional state definition (accepted to APM&R May 2020).

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.