Amery Treble-Barna, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and an NIH T32 postdoctoral scholar in the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. Treble-Barna provides comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations for children with a variety of medical conditions affecting the brain. Patients served include children with acquired or neurodevelopmental conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumors, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida.
Specialized Areas of Interest
Traumatic brain injury, spina bifida myelomeningocele, genetics, neuroimaging, neurobehavioral recovery, family environmental influences
Education & Training
BSc (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, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 2014
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical Neuropsychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2016
Through her research, Dr. 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: (1) to characterize neurobehavioral outcomes; (2) to identify underlying neural correlates and pathophysiological mechanisms; (3) to illuminate the moderating role of the family environment in promoting neurobehavioral function and recovery; (4) to elucidate genetic and gene-environment interactional influences on neurobehavioral function and recovery; and (5) 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.
Professional Organization Membership
American Psychological Association, Division of Clinical Neuropsychology
International Neuropsychological Society
American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology