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Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, PhD, ABPP, FACRM

Director, Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology

Dr. Jeffrey S. Kreutzer completed his doctoral degree in Psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (1982). He is a tenured (Full) Professor with appointments in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College (VCUMC) of Virginia Campus in Richmond. In Winter 2009, he accepted an endowed VCU Professorship in PM&R named in honor of Rosa Schwarz Cifu. Kreutzer first came to VCUMC as a postdoctoral fellow in September 1982 after completing a specialized internship in Neuropsychology and Family Therapy with Dr. Muriel Lezak at the Portland, Oregon Veterans Administration Medical Center. He accepted an invitation to join Virginia Commonwealth University’s medical school faculty in the Fall of 1983.

Board certified in rehabilitation psychology (ABPP), Dr. Kreutzer has more than two decades of clinical experience as a brain injury rehabilitation specialist. He was a founding member of the Virginia Head Injury Foundation, now known as BIAV. Since 1987, he has served as the Director of Virginia’s federally designated Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS). Dr. Kreutzer has substantial experience conducting clinical research, having received support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Institute of Health, Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative, and private industry. As VCUMC’s Director of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology, Dr. Kreutzer coordinates the delivery of psychological and neuropsychological services to persons with a wide variety of neurological disabilities. His practice emphasizes holistic rehabilitation, learning and skills training, self-advocacy, long-term needs, psychotherapy, return to work, and family intervention

Dr. Kreutzer has extensive experience developing clinical and community based programs for persons with brain injury. For example, in 1986 he and Dr. Paul Wehman received a federal grant to adapt supported employment methods for persons with brain injury. Their successful program development along with very positive outcome data has helped make supported employment the “standard of care” for employment services in Virginia. More recently, Dr. Kreutzer has been developing community based education, skills training, and psychological support programs with a grant from NIDRR. Working with consumers and professionals, he has developed programs to help consumers cope with loss and change, improve communication skills, improve problem solving skills, and better manage stress and intense emotions. Recent outcome data provides very positive indications of program success.

Dr. Kreutzer has received a number of awards for his work. For example, in 1994, he received the Sheldon Berrol Clinical Service Award from The National Head Injury Foundation. He has received two awards from the American Psychological Association including the Diller Award for Demonstrated Excellence in the Field of Neurorehabilitation (2005), and the Roger Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award (2003). In 2002 he received the Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

As a frequent speaker at regional, national, and international meetings, he has given more than 400 invited presentations. He has been a regular speaker at BIAV, JTI, Williamsburg, and other Virginia meetings. A Fellow in the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (FACRM), National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the American Psychological Association, Dr. Kreutzer has co-authored more than 140 publications, most in the area of traumatic brain injury and rehabilitation. (Co) Editor-In-Chief of two international journals, Brain Injury and NeuroRehabilitation, he has also published twelve books focused on vocational rehabilitation, community reintegration, behavior management, and cognitive rehabilitation. Kreutzer is the Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology, a work in progress, soon to be published by Springer, New York.

Clinical specialties

  • Neuropsychology.
  • Rehabilitation psychology.
  • Disability.
  • Family and individual psychotherapy.
  • Vocational and cognitive rehabilitation.
  • Substance abuse.

Patient office: West Hospital


  • College: Bowling Green State University, Ohio
  • Internship: Portland VA Medical Center, Ore.
  • Fellowship: Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

Online articles and publications

A Multi-Center Investigation of Neurobehavioral Outcome After Traumatic Brain Injury
Lori Keyser, B.A., Adrienne D. Witol, PsyD., Jeffrey S. Kreutzer PhD., Dept of PM&R, VCU/Medical College of Virginia, Mitchell Rosenthal, PhD., Wayne State University School of Medicine