Ph.D., City Univ. of New York (1989)
B.A., Johns Hopkins Univ. (1984)
Professor Sarah Raskin graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1984 with a B.A. in Behavioral Biology and from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1990 with a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology. She held a clinical appointment in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City from 1988-1991. She held a clinical appointment at Good Samaritan Neuropsychological Services and an academic appointment in the Department of Psychosocial Nursing at the University of Washington from 1991-1994. She has been a member of the faculty at Trinity College since 1994. She was board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology in 1997.
Professor Raskin's scholarly interests focus on investigating techniques to improve cognitive functioning after injury to the brain. In particular, she is interested in applying knowledge from studies of basic neuroscience to rehabilitation models. Her work focuses on the ability to remember intentions and ways to both identify deficits and create rehabilitation approaches for people with traumatic brain injury, stroke and disorders such as Parkinson's disease.
Professor Raskin brings her desire to tie together knowledge from different sources to the classroom. She tries to encourage her students to look for information in many varied sources and then synthesize that into new knowledge. So students often teach class sessions, having done their own research to prepare for the lecture or class discussion. In addition, this leads to a strong community learning portion in all of her classes. In the same way that she feels basic research needs to translate to clinical applications, she tries to guide the students in bringing the basic content of her courses to the community. Thus, her classes include activities at the nearby Hartford Hospital, Institute of Living or Connecticut Children's Medical Center, nursing homes, battered women's shelters, clinics, lead safe houses and nearby farms with farmworkers.