Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Department of Neurology

Kenneth Podell, Ph.D.

Kenneth Podell, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Houston Methodist Concussion Center
Methodist Neurological Institute

6560 Fannin Street, Suite 1840
Houston, Texas 77030


Dr. Kenneth Podell is a board-certified neuropsychologist and co-director of Houston Methodist Concussion Center. 

Podell specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals who have sustained brain injury or disease, with particular expertise in sports concussion, traumatic brain injury and dementia. He serves as the team neuropsychological consultant for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo and Rice University Athletics.

Prior to joining Houston Methodist , Podell directed the division of neuropsychology and co-directed the Sports Concussion Clinic at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.  He led the Sports Concussion Safety Program there and evaluated thousands of Detroit-area high school and collegiate athletes with sports related concussions.  Podell also was neuropsychological consultant to the Detroit Lions, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. 

Among his many accomplishments, he played a key role in the development of ImPACT© (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), a renowned computer-based assessment system for sports-related concussions.  ImPact is used by the National Football League, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball, as well as many youth and amateur sports programs.

Podell earlier held academic appointments as an associate professor at Wayne State University in Michigan and The Medical College of Pennsylvania. He was an assistant professor at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. He presents internationally and publishes in the areas of sports concussion and computerized assessment of concussions, traumatic brain injury and dementia.

He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology at The City University of New York. He completed his pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training in neuropsychology at The Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Clinical Expertise:

  • Neuropsychological aspects of concussion and traumatic brain injury
  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Psychiatric disorders.

Research Interests:

  • Mild traumatic brain injury and concussion
  • Dementia
  • Executive control and frontal lobe functions
  • Forensic neuropsychology

Peer Reviewed Articles:

  • Podell, K., Funk, B., & Goldberg, E (2012). Agent-centered decision making in normal and abnormal cognitionArgentinean Journal of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Podell, K., Torres, K, (2011). Affective Symptoms in Early-Onset Dementia. Neurologic Clinics, 29 (Feb), 99-114.
  • Podell, K & Keller, J. (2011)  Neuropsychological Assessment, pp121-146, in The Textbook of Geriatric NeuropsychiatryCoffey and Cummings, Eds, Oxford University Press, New York, NY
  • Podell, K., Gifford, K., Bougakov, D., & Goldberg, E. (2010). Neuropsychological Assessment in Traumatic Brain Injury. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 33(4), 855-876.
  • Goldberg, E., Funk, BA, Podell, K (2012).  How the brain deals with novelty and ambiguity: Implications for neuroaesthetics. Proceedings of the Academy of Lincei - Rendiconti Lincei - Scienze Fisiche e Naturali.
  • Ylioja, S., Baird, A.D., Podell, K. (2009).  Developing a spatial analogue of the reliable digit span.  Archives of Clinical neuropsychology, 24 (8), 729-39.