Assaf Dvorkin, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Assaf Y. Dvorkin

Assaf Y. Dvorkin, PhD

  • Research Scientist, SMPP, RIC
  • Research Assistant Professor, Northwestern University



Education, Residency and Internship


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), BSc, Physics & Atmospheric Sciences
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), MSc, Atmospheric Sciences
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), PhD, Neuroscience


University of Haifa (Israel), Post Doc, Neuroscience
RIC/Northwestern University, Post Doc, Neuroscience

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Honors & Awards

  • 2009 Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research, RIC
  • 2008 Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research, RIC
  • 2008 NIDRR Switzer Research Fellowship, US Dept. of Education
  • 2006–2008 Postdoctoral fellowship, funded by Michael Starnes Stroke foundation
  • 2004–2005 Rothschild Fellowship, University of Haifa, Israel


Dvorkin AY, Ramaiya M, Larson EB, Zollman FS, Hsu N, Pacini S, Shah A & Patton JL. (2013) A “virtually minimal” visuo-haptic training of attention in severe traumatic brain injury. J of Neuroeng and Rehab, 10:92.

Dvorkin AY, Pacini S, Hsu N & Larson EB (2013) Treatment challenges with profound behaviour disturbance after traumatic brain injury: A case report. Brain Injury, 27: 957-961.

Dvorkin AY, Bogey RA, Harvey RL & Patton JL (2012) Mapping the neglected space: Gradients of detection revealed by virtual reality. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2012 Feb;26(2):120-31   

Larson E.B., Ramaiya M., Zollman F.S., Pacini S., Hsu N., Patton J.L. & Dvorkin A.Y. (2011) Tolerance of a virtual reality intervention for attention remediation in persons with severe TBI. Brain Injury 25(3): 274-281.

Dvorkin A.Y., Kenyon R.V. & Keshner E.A. (2009) Effects of roll visual motion on online control of arm movement: Reaching within a dynamic virtual environment. Exp Brain Res 193: 95-107.

Dvorkin A.Y., Rymer W.Z., Harvey R.L., Bogey R.A. & Patton J.L. Assessment and monitoring of recovery of spatial neglect within a virtual environment, Proceedings of the IEEE Virtual Rehabilitation 2008. p. 88-92, Vancouver, Canada, Aug. 2008.

Dvorkin A.Y., Rymer W.Z., Settle K. & Patton J.L. (2007) Perceptual assessment of spatial neglect within a virtual environment. In: IEEE
Virtual Rehabilitation. p. 175-179, Venice, Italy, September 2007.

Dvorkin A.Y., Kenyon R.V. & Keshner E.A. (2007). Reaching within a dynamic virtual environment. J of Neuroeng and Rehab, 4:23.

Rosenblum S., Dvorkin A.Y. & Weiss P.L. (2006). Automatic segmentation as a tool for examining the handwriting process of children with dysgraphic and proficient handwriting. Human Movement Science 25(4-5): 608-621.

Dvorkin A.Y., Shahar M. & Weiss P.L. (2006). Reaching within video-capture virtual reality: Using VR as a motor control paradigm. CyberPsychology & Behavior 9(2): 133-136.

Research Interests

Perception and action in spatial neglect following stroke; Spatial perception and control of movement and posture in healthy individuals and in traumatic brain injury and stroke survivors; Using virtual reality and robotics technologies for rehabilitation

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