Maheen Mausoof Adamson, PhD.

Principal Investigator

  • Dr. Maheen Mausoof Adamson completed her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Southern California and a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford School of Medicine.  She currently serves as Director of Research at the national Women’s Operational Military Exposure Network (WOMEN) center located at the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC),  Senior Scientist at Rehabilitation Center at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System (VAPAHCS), and Clinical Professor (Affiliated) in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • After finishing undergraduate degrees in Biology and Women's Studies at UC Irvine, she went to complete a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Southern California, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. 
Lifelong learner & Innovator
  • Dr. Adamson has close to 20 years of experience directing large diverse teams to develop and implement several multi-site and longitudinal studies revolving around Alzheimer’s disease and brain injuries, especially in the Veteran population. Dr. Adamson is a world-class neuroscientist and neuroimaging expert, whose research interests include the neurological impact of COVID-19, traumatic brain injury, pain, and Alzheimer's disease. 
Advocate for Gender Equality in Healthcare & Policy Change
  • She's a leader in healthcare innovation, entrepreneurship, and translational neuroscience.
  • Her expertise and interests span employing translational neuroscience methodologies for diagnostic and neuromodulation treatments such as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS))for frequent health problems in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI), psychiatric problems, and Alzheimer's disease.  
  • In her position at VA Palo Alto, she is actively involved in translating research, such as non-invasive brain stimulation and other therapies, to clinical in-home use by patients using innovations such as virtual and augmented reality.
  •  She has employed advanced structural and functional imaging modalities and biomarker assessments in Veteran, active military and civilian populations with these health problems. She has been a leader in identifying gender differences in brain injury, particularly in the Veteran population. 
  • In addition, she's intricately involved in mentoring research postdoctoral fellows and clinical residents in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry & Neurosurgery Departments at Stanford School of Medicine. 
Committed & Dedicated Mentor
  • Her goal is to incorporate advanced treatment and diagnostics tailored to each patient's needs into standard-of-care to improve their daily function, reintegration into society and long-term rehabilitation.
  • A lifelong learner, Dr. Adamson has completed the Stanford Byer’s Biodesign Faculty Innovation Fellowship and has a Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership at Brown University’s School of Professional Studies.

Odette Harris, MD, MPH.


Dr. Odette Harris is Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, Vice Chair, Diversity and Director of Brain Injury for Stanford Medical Center.

Dr Harris manages and coordinates the medical and surgical care of all patients suffering from traumatic brain injury that are admitted to the Stanford System.



Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Harris is also the Deputy Chief of Staff, Rehabilitation at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, which includes responsibilities for the varied programs of the Polytrauma System of Care, Spinal Cord Injury, Blind Rehabilitation Services, Recreational Therapy and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Deputy Chief of Staff, Rehabilitation


Dr. Harris has won multiple awards and has several appointments across Stanford' Medical School and the VA, including Director, Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center (2009 - Present); Deputy Chief of Staff, Rehabilitation (TBI, Spinal Cord Injury, Blind Service, PM&R), PAVAHCS (2015 - Present); Associate Chief of Staff, Polytrauma, PAVAHCS (2009 - Present); Director, Brain Injury, Department of Neurosurgery (2009 - Present)

Director of Brain Injury


Principal Clinical Research Team

Research Assistants