Rachel Shayna Rosenbaum

Associate Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 20449

Email address(es):


Web site(s):

Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


B.A. - 1997
University of Western Ontario

M.A. - 1999
University of Toronto

B.A. (Hons) - 1998
York University

Ph.D. - 2004
University of Toronto


Shayna Rosenbaum received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the University of Toronto in 2004.  She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest in Toronto and became registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  She has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Graduate Diploma Program at York University and Associate Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto since 2005.  She combines patient and fMRI studies to investigate the organization of spatial, episodic, and semantic memory, and the relationship between remote memory and non-mnemonic abilities.  Her work is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.  She is a recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award and early career awards from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN), and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS). Recently, she was elected as a member of the inaugural cohort of the College of Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada and received the inaugural President's Emerging Research Leadership Award.

Selected Publications

Rabin, J.S., Gilboa, A., Stuss, D.T., Mar, R., & Rosenbaum, R.S. (in press). Common and unique neural correlates of autobiographical memory and theory of mind. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Ostreicher, M., Moses, S.N., Rosenbaum, R.S., & Ryan, J.D. (in press). Remediation of age-related deficits in relational memory. Journals of Gerontology, B, Psychological Science. 


Rosenbaum, R.S., Furey, M., Horwitz, B., & Grady, C.L. (2009). Altered connectivity among emotion-related brain regions during short-term memory in Alzheimer’s disease. Neurobiology of Aging, in press.


Rosenbaum, R.S., Gilboa, A., Levine, B., Winocur, G., & Moscovitch, M. (2009). Amnesia as an impairment of detail generation and binding: Evidence from personal, fictional, and semantic narratives in K.C. Neuropsychologia, 47, 2181-2187.


Rosenbaum, R.S., Moscovitch, M., Foster, J.K., Schnyer, D.M., Gao, F.Q., Kovacevic, N., Verfaellie, M., Black, S.E., & Levine, B. (2008). Patterns of autobiographical memory loss in medial temporal lobe amnesic patients. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20, 1490-1506.


Moses, S.N., Ostreicher, M., Rosenbaum, R.S., & Ryan, J.D. (2008). Successful transverse patterning in amnesia using semantic knowledge. Hippocampus, 18, 121-124.


Rosenbaum, R.S., Stuss, D.T., Levine, B., & Tulving, E. (2007). Theory of mind is independent of episodic memory. Science, 318, 1257. 

Moscovitch, M., Rosenbaum, R.S., Gilboa, A., Addis, D.R., Westmacott, R., Grady, C.L., McAndrews, M.P., Winocur, G., & Nadel, L. (2005). Functional neuroanatomy of remote episodic (autobiographical), semantic and spatial memory in humans as determined by lesion and functional neuroimaging studies: A unified account based on Multiple Trace Theory, Journal of Anatomy, 207, 35-66.


Rosenbaum, R.S., Köhler, S., Schacter, D. L., Moscovitch, M., Westmacott, R., Black, S.E., Gao, F., & Tulving, E. (2005). The case of K.C.: Contributions of a memory-impaired person to memory theory. Neuropsychologia, 43, 989-1021.


Winocur, G., Moscovitch, M., Fogel, S., Rosenbaum, R.S., & Sekeres, M. (2005). Preserved spatial memory after hippocampal lesions: Effects of extensive experience in a complex environment. Nature Neuroscience, 8, 273-275. 

Rosenbaum, R.S., Gao, F.Q., Richards, B., Black, S.E., & Moscovitch, M. (2005). ‘Where to?’ Remote memory for spatial relations and landmark identity in former taxi drivers with Alzheimer’s disease and encephalitis. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17, 446-462.


Rosenbaum, R.S., Ziegler, M., Winocur, G., Grady, C.L., & Moscovitch, M. (2004). “I have often walked down this street before:” fMRI studies on the hippocampus and other structures during mental navigation of an old environment. Hippocampus, 14, 826-835.


Rosenbaum, R.S., McKinnon, M., Levine, B., & Moscovitch, M. (2004). Visual imagery deficits, impaired strategic retrieval, or memory loss: Disentangling the nature of an amnesic patient’s autobiographical memory deficit. Neuropsychologia, 42, 1619-1635.


Rosenbaum, R.S., Winocur, G., & Moscovitch, M. (2001). New views on old memories: re-evaluating the role of the hippocampal complex. Behavioural Brain Research, 127, 183-197.


Rosenbaum, R.S., Priselac, S., Köhler, S., Black, S.E., Gao, F.Q., Nadel, L., & Moscovitch, M. (2000). Studies of remote spatial memory in an amnesic person with extensive bilateral hippocampal lesions. Nature Neuroscience, 3, 1044-1048.


Rotman Research Institute
Associate Scientist

Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery
Associate Scientist

Service/Community Activities

Ontario Science Centre
Member, Board of Trustees


Currently available to supervise graduate students: No

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No