Joseph W. Fink, Ph.D., ABPP/CN

Associate Professor
Director of Northwest Indiana Satellite Neuropsychology Program

841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 3077
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-834-2463
Patient Calls: 773-834-2463
Fax: 773-702-6454

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology, Northwestern University Medical School, 1997
  • Doctorate in Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 1995
  • Masters in Psychology, Harvard University, 1988
  • Board Certification:  American Board of Professional Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology

Clinical Interests

  • Dr. Joseph Fink specializes in clinical neuropsychology.
  • Interests Include:
    • Medical neuropsychology
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Neurocognitive sequelae of electrical trauma
    • Neuropsychological detection and characterization of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease
    • Lewy body disease, frontotemporal dementia
    • Investigation of various classes of memory disruption and their neural substrates

Research Interests

  • Cognitive and psychological effects of electrical injury (
  • Neuropsychological effects of Lupus
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)


  • Clinical Neuroscience Seminar, Neuropsychology Program, Co-director
  • Psychiatry 302:  Psychopathology.  Faculty lecturer
  • Medical Biology 307:  Clinical Pathophysiology and Therapeutics.  Faculty lecturer
  • Psychiatry 305:  Human Behavior in Health and Illness.  Faculty lecturer
  • Psychiatry 180 Elective:  Clinical Neurosciences subrotation supervisor
  • Psychiatry Clerkship:  Introduction to Neuropsychological Assessment.  Faculty

Society Memberships

  • American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • International Neuropsychological Society (INS)
  • The National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN)
  • Midwest Neuropsychology Group (MNG)
  • Brain Injury Association of Indiana
  • Indiana Psychology Association (IPA)

Selected Publications

  • Fink, J.  (2017).  Beyond the tests:  Record review, interview, and observations in forensic neuropsychology.  In S. Bush, M. Rohling, & G. Demakis (Eds.), APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology.  Washington, D.C.:  American Psychological Association.
  • Parikh, S., Fink, J.W., Feigon, M., & Pliskin, N.H.  (2017).  Electrical and lightning injuries.  In D. Han (Ed.), Acquired Brain Injury:  Clinical Essentials for Neurotrauma and Rehabilitation Professionals.  New York:  Springer.
  • Hahn-Ketter, A., Aase, D.M., Paxton, J., Fink, J.W., Kelley, K.M., Lee, R.C., & Pliskin, N.H.  (2015).  Psychiatric outcome over a decade after electrical injury:  Depression as a predictor of long-term adjustment.  Journal of Burn Care and Research, 36(4), 509-512.
  • Aase, D.M., Fink, J.W., Lee, R.C., Kelley, K.M., & Pliskin, N.H. (2014). Mood and cognition after electrical injury: A follow-up study. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 29(2):125-130.
  • Rog, L.A., & Fink, J.W.  (2012).  Mild cognitive impairment and normal aging.  In L. Ravdin (Ed.) Aging and Dementia, W. Barr (series Ed.), Clinical Handbook of Neuropsychology.  New York:  Springer.
  • Ramati, A., Kelley, K., Wicklund, A., Ammar, A., Fink, J. W, Bodnar, E., Lee, R. C., & Pliskin, N. H. (2009). Prevalence and Predictors of Psychiatric Morbidity following Electrical Injury and its Effects on Cognitive Outcomes. General Hospital Psychiatry 31(4), 360-366.
  • Ramati, A., Pliskin, N.H., Keedy, S., Erwin, R.J., Fink, J.W., Bodnar, E. N., Lee, R.C., Cooper, M.A., Kelley, K., & Sweeney, J.A.  (2009).  Alteration in functional brain systems after electrical injury.  Journal of Neurotrauma, 26(10), 1815-22.
  • McCrea, M., Pliskin, N., Barth, J., Cox, D., Fink, J., French, L., Hammeke, T., Hess, D., Hopewell, A., Orme, D., Powell, M., Ruff, R., Schrock, B., Terryberry-Spohr, L., Vanderploeg, R., Yoash-Gantz, R.  (2008). Official Position of the Military TBI Task Force on the Role of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology in the Evaluation, Management, and Research of Military Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury.  The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 22(1):  10-26.
  • Wicklund, A., Ammar, A., Weitlauf, J., Heilbronner, R., Fink, J., Lee, R., Kelley, K., & Pliskin, N.  (2008).  MMPI-2 Patterns in Electrical Injury:  A Controlled Investigation.   The Clinical Neuropsychologist. 22 (1), 98-111.
  • Ammar, A.N., Fink, J.W., Malina, A.C., Ramati, A., Kelley, K.M., Crawford, I., Bryant, F., Lee, R.C., & Pliskin, N.H.  (2006).  Memory functioning in electrically injured patients with and without PTSD.  Acta Neuropsychologica, 4(3):  119-124.
  • Utset, T.O., Fink, J.W., & Doninger, N.A.  (2006).  Prevalence of Neurocognitive Dysfunction and other Clinical Manifestations in Disabled SLE patients.  The Journal of Rheumatology, 33, 531-538.
  • Pliskin, N.H., Ammar, A.N., Fink, J.W., Hill, S.K., Malina, A.C., Ramati, A., Kelley, K.M., & Lee, R.C.  (2006). Neuropsychological changes following electrical injury.   Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 12, 17-23.
  • Doninger, N.A., Fink, J.W., & Utset, T.O.  (2005).  Race-related effects of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus on Neuropsychological Functioning and Health Status.  Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 11, 250-256.
  • Kelley, K.M., Tkachenko, T.A., Pliskin, N.H., Fink, J.W., & Lee, R.  (1999).  Life after electrical injury:  Risk factors for psychiatric sequelae.  In C. Chen, R.C. Lee, J. Shih, & Zhong, M. (Eds.), Occupational Electrical Injury:  An International Symposium, in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol 888, pp. 356-363.
  • Pliskin, N.H., Fink, J.W., Malina, A., Moran, S., Kelley, K., Capelli-Schellpfeffer, M., & Lee, R.  (1999).  The neuropsychological effects of electrical injury:  New Insights.  In C. Chen, R.C. Lee, J. Shih, & Zhong, M. (Eds.), Occupational Electrical Injury:  An International Symposium, in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol 888, pp. 140-149.