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Gerard A. Gioia, PhD

Dr. Gioia is division chief of pediatric neuropsychology at Children’s National Health System and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He is a coauthor of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) family of instruments, including the primary author of the gold-standard measure for executive function, the BRIEF2. He has developed a host of other assessment tools and has published numerous articles on executive function in children. As a researcher, he has multiple interests including the clinical manifestation of executive dysfunction in children and the identification of post-concussion outcomes in children. He is a former school psychologist.

Areas of Expertise

  • Brain injuries
  • Disorders involving the executive functions and pediatric concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (TBI)


  • BA in psychology, Franklin & Marshall College (1978)
  • PhD in school psychology, University of North Carolina (1984)

Products, Publications, and Abstracts

Community Involvement

  • Leadership Award, Sports Legacy Institute (2014)
  • Achievement Award, Sports Concussion Institute National Summit (2011)
  • Caregiver of the Year, Children’s Miracle Network (2010)
  • Frances Bateson Dexter Award, Brain Injury Association of Maryland for dedication and outstanding service and support to the brain injury community (2005) 
  • Team neuropsychologist for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, and school systems and numerous youth sports organizations in the Baltimore-Washington region.
  • Director of the Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program at Children’s National Health System


  • Licensed in District of Columbia and Maryland
  • President, Sports Neuropsychology Society
  • Board of Psychology, District of Columbia (2002–present)
  • Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists (1986–present)