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Dr. Alexandra Aaronson

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Research Neuropsychiatrist at the Edward J. Hines VA


Areas of Focus

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Veteran mental health
  • Suicide
  • Consult-liaison psychiatry (psychosomatics)
  • Rehabilitation psychiatry
  • Impulsivity and aggression
  • Neuromodulation (electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy)


  • Improving treatments for individuals with complex neuropsychiatric conditions, particularly those with traumatic brain injury and co-occurring psychiatric sequelae
  • Using neuromodulatory techniques to treat suicidal tendencies and impulsivity in veterans with traumatic brain injury with comorbid mental illness 


Aaronson is a neuropsychiatrist with advanced training in the clinical care of those with complex neuropsychiatric conditions. She completed a psychiatry residency followed by a clinical neuroscience and neuropsychiatry research fellowship at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a full time employee of the Hines VA and splits time between the neuromodulation service (performing electroconvulsive and transcranial magnetic stimulation therapies) and outpatient clinic. She also serves as the team neuropsychiatrist on the Hines VA polytrauma team. Aaronson is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Feinberg with adhoc clinical duties in the Consult Liason service. She teaches psychiatry residents and serves as an early career investigator and medical consultant on numerous other research studies.