Kenneth Podell, PhD

  • Houston Methodist neuropsychologist
  • Director of the Houston Methodist Concussion Center
  • Associate professor of neuropsychology in clinical neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College

Kenneth Podell, PhD

Areas of Expertise

  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Concussion
  • CTE
  • Memory problems
  • Neurodegenerative disease/dementia
  • Neuropsychology
  • Traumatic brain injury


Neuropsychology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
New York University School of Medicine | 1992
Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Neuropsychology, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Houston Astros, concussion consultant
  • Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, consulting neuropsychologist
  • Houston Texans, Independent Neuropsychology Consultant
  • Rice University Athletics, concussion consultant


Latent structure of a brief clinical battery of Neuropsychological tests administered in-home via telephone
Matchanova, A, Babicz, MA, Medina, LD, Rahman, S, Johnson, B, Thompson, JL, Beltran-Najera, I, Brooks, J, Sullivan, KL, Walker, RL, Podell, K & Woods, SP 2021, , Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, vol. 36, no. 6, pp. 874-886.

Review of wearable technologies and machine learning methodologies for systematic detection of mild traumatic brain injuries
Schmid, W, Fan, Y, Chi, T, Golanov, E, Regnier-Golanov, AS, Austerman, RJ, Podell, K, Cherukuri, P, Bentley, T, Steele, CT, Schodrof, S, Aazhang, B & Britz, GW 2021, , Journal of neural engineering, vol. 18, no. 4, 041006.

Multiple Neuroinvasive Pathways in COVID-19
Bougakov, D, Podell, K & Goldberg, E 2021, , Molecular Neurobiology, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 564-575.

The brain after COVID-19: Compensatory neurogenesis or persistent neuroinflammation?
Goldberg, E, Podell, K, Sodickson, DK & Fieremans, E 2021, , EClinicalMedicine, vol. 31, 100684.

How did individual differences in neurocognition and health literacy influence the initial uptake and use of health-related information about COVID-19?
Babicz, MA, Woods, SP, Matchanova, A, Medina, LD, Podell, K, Walker, RL, Fetterman, A, Rahman, S, Johnson, B, Thompson, JL, Sullivan, KL, Beltran-Najera, I, Brooks, J, Morales, Y & Avci, G 2021, , Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, vol. 43, no. 5, pp. 497-513.

At-Risk Tackling Techniques in American Football
Stockwell, DW, Blalock, R, Podell, K & Marco, RAW 2020, , Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, vol. 8, no. 2.

BDNF polymorphism in non-veridical decision making and differential effects of rTMS
Tulviste, J, Goldberg, E, Podell, K, Vaht, M, Harro, J & Bachmann, T 2019, , Behavioural Brain Research, vol. 364, pp. 177-182.

Sideline Sports Concussion Assessment
Podell, K, Presley, C & Derman, H 2017, , Neurologic Clinics, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 435-450.

Statements of Agreement from the Targeted Evaluation and Active Management (TEAM) Approaches to Treating Concussion Meeting Held in Pittsburgh, October 15-16, 2015
Collins, MW, Kontos, AP, Okonkwo, DO, Almquist, J, Bailes, J, Barisa, M, Bazarian, J, Bloom, OJ, Brody, DL, Cantu, R, Cardenas, J, Clugston, J, Cohen, R, Echemendia, R, Elbin, RJ, Ellenbogen, R, Fonseca, J, Gioia, G, Guskiewicz, K, Heyer, R, Hotz, G, Iverson, GL, Jordan, B, Manley, G, Maroon, J, McAllister, T, McCrea, M, Mucha, A, Pieroth, E, Podell, K, Pombo, M, Shetty, T, Sills, A, Solomon, G, Thomas, DG, Valovich McLeod, TC, Yates, T & Zafonte, R 2016, , Neurosurgery, vol. 79, no. 6, pp. 912-929.

Effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on non-veridical decision making
Tulviste, J, Goldberg, E, Podell, K & Bachmann, T 2016, , Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, vol. 76, no. 3, pp. 182-191.

Influence of age and location of ictal onset on postoperative outcome in patients with localization-related epilepsy
Patra, S, Elisevich, K, Podell, K, Schultz, L, Gaddam, S, Smith, B & Spanaki-Varelas, M 2014, , British Journal of Neurosurgery, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 61-67.

How the brain deals with novelty and ambiguity: Implications for neuroaesthetics
Goldberg, E, Funk, BA & Podell, K 2012, , Rendiconti Lincei, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 227-238.

Affective Symptoms in Early-Onset Dementia
Podell, K & Torres, K 2011, , Neurologic Clinics, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 99-114.

Neuropsychological assessment in traumatic brain injury
Podell, K, Gifford, K, Bougakov, D & Goldberg, E 2010, , Psychiatric Clinics of North America, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 855-876.

Developing a spatial analogue of the reliable digit span
Ylioja, SG, Baird, AD & Podell, K 2009, , Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, vol. 24, no. 8, pp. 729-739.

Multi-area integrated E/MEG and fMRI modeling
Babajani-Feremi, A, Bowyer, S, Moran, J, Elisevich, K, Podell, K & Soltanian-Zadeh, H 2009, . in Medical Imaging 2009: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging. vol. 7262, 72621V, Medical Imaging 2009: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging, Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States, 2/8/09.

Ethnic differences in functional and neuropsychological test performance in older adults
Baird, AD, Ford, M & Podell, K 2007, , Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 309-318.

Measurement of symptoms following sports-related concussion: Reliability and normative data for the post-concussion scale
Lovell, MR, Iverson, GL, Collins, MW, Podell, K, Johnston, KM, Pardini, D, Pardini, J, Norwig, J & Maroon, JC 2006, , Applied Neuropsychology, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 166-174.

Sensitivity and specificity of the ImPACT Test Battery for concussion in athletes
Schatz, P, Pardini, JE, Lovell, MR, Collins, MW & Podell, K 2006, , Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 91-99.


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