Laurel Buxbaum, PsyD

Research Professor
Institute Scientist, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute



Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
50 Township Line Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027

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Laurel Buxbaum, PsyD

Research Professor
Institute Scientist, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute

Research & Clinical Interests

Since 1994, the NIH-funded Cognition and Action Laboratory has conducted research that spans a translational pipeline from basic human cognitive neuroscience to neurorehabilitation. Dr. Buxbaum’s scientific team investigates the interface between cognitive representations of objects, tasks, the body, and action planning processes in healthy individuals and those with stroke, limb amputations, and neurodegenerative disorders including primary progressive aphasia. With these populations, Dr. Buxbaum uses methods including behavioral experimental paradigms, lesion-symptom mapping, Functional Connectivity, eye tracking, Virtual Reality, and fMRI. Dr. Buxbaum’s research enables us to understand the specific aspects of object and body representations that may be disrupted after stroke, limb amputation, or neural degeneration in frontal, temporal, or parietal brain regions, thereby clarifying targets for rehabilitation treatment.  


PsyD, Hahnemann/Widener University, Philadelphia, PA - 1988


APA-approved Internship in Clinical Neuropsychology - 1988


NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, Translational neurorehabilitation research, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute and University of Pennsylvania - 1994



Licensed Psychologist, Pennsylvania


  • 2023 - Visiting Scholar Award, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy 
  • 2021 - British Neuropsychological Society Freda Newcombe Prize
  • 2018 - American Society of Neurorehabilitation Kenneth Viste Award
  • 2018 - International Neuropsychological Society Arthur Benton Mid-Career Award
  • 2010 - Widener University Graduate Award for Excellence in Professional Psychology
  • 2008 - Einstein Medical Center Scientific Merit Award
  • 2006 - First Prize, Manuscript Competition, Maimonides Society
  • 2006 - J. Stanley and Helene M. Cohen Award for Outstanding Research Contributions, Albert Einstein Medical Center