Rachel Shayna Rosenbaum


York Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory

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

Baker, S.W., Vieweg, P., Gao, F.Q., Gilboa, A., Wolbers, T., Black, S.E., & Rosenbaum, R.S. (2016). A necessary role for the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus in pattern separation in humans. Current Biology, 26, 2629-2634.


Rabin, J.S., Olsen, R.K., Gilboa, A., Buchsbaum, B., & Rosenbaum, R.S. (2016). Using fMRI to understand event construction in developmental amnesia. Neuropsychologia, 90, 261-273.


Herdman, K.A., Calarco, N., Moscovitch, M., Hirshhorn, M., & Rosenbaum, R.S. (2015). Impoverished descriptions of familiar routes in three cases of hippocampal amnesia. Cortex, 71, 248-263.


Kwan, D., Craver, C.F., Green, L., Myerson, J., Gao, F., Black, S.E., & Rosenbaum, R.S. (2015). Cueing the personal future to reduce discounting in intertemporal choice: Is episodic prospection necessary? Hippocampus, 25, 432-443.


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.


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


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., 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


James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Award, The James McKeen Cattell Fund - 2018

INS Award for Early Career Research, International Neuropsychological Society - 2017

Teaching Award – Established Career, Faculty of Health, York University - 2016

York Research Chair–Tier II, Faculty of Health, York University - 2016

President’s Emerging Research Leadership Award - 2015

Member (elected), inaugural cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, Royal Society of Canada - 2014

Early Career Award, Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science - 2014

Young Investigator Award, Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) - 2013

Sloan Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - 2010

Research Award – Early Career, Faculty of Health, York University - 2010

New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research - 2008

Early Researcher Award, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation - 2007


Currently available to supervise graduate students: No

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No