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Joan Borod
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Phone: 718.997.3217
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University
Research Interests: Clinical Psychology, Emotion; Aging

Joan C. Borod, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Queens College and The Graduate Center, and a member of the Neuropsychology Doctoral Subprogram.  She directs the Neuropsychology Testing Service in Neurology at Mount Sinai Medical School, where she holds joint appointments in Neurology and Psychiatry.  Dr. Borod received her B.A. from Smith College and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University.  She did postdoctoral work at the Aphasia Research Center in Boston, holding NIH and Social Science Research Council fellowships.  Dr. Borod was previously Director of Neuropsychology at Bellevue Hospital Center at NYU Medical School.  She is a Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Borod has over 160 publications and edited The Neuropsychology of Emotion (2000) with Oxford University Press.  Her research focuses on brain/behavior relations for emotion and includes neurological, psychiatric, and healthy aging populations.  She has served on multiple journal editorial boards, as a member of NIMH study sections, and on the board of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology and International Neuropsychological Society.

Research Description:

The Neuropsychology of Emotion
The main area of Dr. Borod’s program of research investigates brain mechanisms underlying the neuropsychological processing of emotion from a multidimensional perspective. Her research examines emotional expression, perception, and experience across multiple communication channels (e.g., facial, prosodic/intonational, and lexical/verbal). Her work, to date, has made contributions to neuropsychological theory on emotional processing and to the clinical assessment of emotional deficits in neuropsychiatric disorders. The basic premise of our work is that emotion involves various components that utilize different brain systems. Our goal has been to work towards developing a comprehensive neuropsychological model of emotional processing.

In the mid-1990s, we developed an extensive battery of tests to assess emotional processing deficits -- the New York Emotion Battery. Over the years, this battery has been used to study emotional processing deficits in a range of neurological populations, including stroke, movement disorders, and epilepsy. The emotion battery has also been used to study emotional processing in normal adults across the life span. Current work in our laboratory is evaluating emotional processing deficits in Parkinson’s disease.

Emanating from this program of research, in 2000, Dr. Borod published an edited volume, The Neuropsychology of Emotion, with Oxford University Press. The volume presents a comprehensive overview of the neuropsychology of emotion and the neural mechanisms underlying emotional processing. It draws on recent studies utilizing behavioral paradigms with normal subjects, the brain lesion approach, clinical evaluations of patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders, and neuroimaging techniques. A unique feature of the book is that it provides treatment and rehabilitation interventions for individuals with emotional processing deficits. This volume is an important resource and text for psychologists, neurologists, neuroscientists, speech pathologists, psychiatrists, and rehabilitation specialists.

Cognitive Processing in Parkinson’s Disease
Another area of research conducted in Dr. Borod’s laboratory pertains to the study of cognitive processing in non-demented individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Over the years, our research has examined cognitive functions, such as visual perception, spatial orientation, verbal fluency, memory, and set-shifting. In 2000, 2003 and 2004, we published papers describing a standardized method for collecting neuropsychological data in PD patients undergoing the deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedure. The papers demonstrated the feasibility of and provided data from the Program for Neuropsychological Investigation of DBS. We demonstrated that individuals with PD experience minimal cognitive decline following the DBS procedure.