Walter Schneider

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Walter Schneider

Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Executive Committee Member, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

Senior Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Research Interests

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Cognitive control
  • Semantic representation
  • Attention and automaticity
  • Skill acquisition
  • Connectionist/hybrid modeling
  • Brain imaging
  • Brain activity interpretation

Krieger, D., Shepard, P., Soose, R., Puccio, A.M., Beers, S., Schneider, W., Kontos, A.P., Collins, M.W., & Okonkwo, D.O. (2021). Symptom-dependent changes in MEG-derived neuroelectric brain activity in traumatic brain injury patients with chronic symptoms. Medical Sciences, 9(20),1-30.

Jha, R.R., Gupta, H., Pathak, S.K., Schneider, W., Kumar, B.V.R., Bhavsar, A., & Nigam, A. (2021). "Enhancing HARDI reconstruction from undersampled data via multi-context and feature inter-dependency GAN." EEE 18th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI), 1103-1106.

Jha, R.R., Nigam, A., Bhavsar, A., Pathak, S.K., Schneider, W., & K., R. (2020). Multi-shell D-MRI reconstruction via residual learning utilizing encoder-decoder network with attention (MSR-Net). 2020 42nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC), Montreal, QC, Canada, pp. 1709-1713.

Galey, J. L., Eagle, S. R., Blaney, N. A., Holland, C. L., Bitzer, H. B., Schneider, W., et. al. (2020). Effect of patient compliance with treatment recommendations on clinical outcomes in chronic mTBI: A TEAM-TBI study. Military Medicine.

Okonkwo, D.O., Puffer, R.C., Minhas, D.S., Beers, S.R., Edelman, K.L., Sharpless, J., Laymon, C.M., Lopresti, B.J., Benso, S., Puccio, A.M., Pathak, S., Ikonomovic, M.D., Mettenburg, J.M., Schneider, W., Mathis, C.A., Mountz, J.M. (2019). [18F]FDG, [11C]PiB, and [18F]AV-1451 PET imaging of neurodegeneration in two subjects with a history of repetitive trauma and cognitive decline. Frontiers in Neurology, 10, 1-9.

Fan, Q., Nummenmaa, A., Wichtmann, B. Witzel, T., Mekkaoui, C., Schneider, W., Wald, L. L., & Huang, S. Y. (2018). Validation of diffusion MRI estimates of compartment size and volume fraction in a biomimetic brain phantom using a human MRI scanner with 300 mT/m maximum gradient strength. NeuroImage.

Kontos, A. P., Collins, M. W., Holland, C. L., Reeves, V. L., Edelman, K., Benso, S., Schneider, W., & Okonkwo, D. (2018). Preliminary evidence for improvement in symptoms, cognitive, vestibular, and oculomotor outcomes following targeted intervention with chronic mTBI patients. Military Medicine, 183(1), 333-338.

Schneider, W. et al. (2018). A preliminary high-definition fiber tracking study of the executive control network in blast-induced traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma.

Wilde, E., Provenzale, J., Taylor, B., Boss, M., Zuccolotto, A., Hachey, R., Pathak, S., Tate, D., Ablidskov., Schneider, W. (2018). Assessment of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging metrics in the brain through the use of a novel phantom. Brain Injury, 32(10), 1265-1275.

Schneider, W. et al. (2018). Improvement in sleep disturbances after targeted intervention in chronic traumatic brain injury: A Team-TBI study. The 3rd Joint Symposium of the International and National Neurotrauma Societies and AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care. pp. A-80. Toronto, Canada.

Mountz, J., Minhas, D., Laymon, C., Beers, S., Puccio, A., Edelman, K., Sharpless, J., Lopresti B., Puffer, R., Schneider, W., Mathis, C., & Okonkwo, D. (2018). Comparison of [18F]AV-1451 PET with HDFT in chronic TBI subjects. The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 59(1643).

Guise, C., Fernandes, M. M., Nóbrega, J. M., Pathak, S., Schneider, W., & Fangueiro, R. (2016). Hollow polypropylene yarns as a biomimetic brain phantom for the validation of high-definition fiber tractography imaging. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8(44), 29960-29967.

Shiffrin, R, M., & Schneider, W. (2016). Scientists making a difference: One hundred eminent behavioral and brain scientists talk about their most important contributions. Attention and Automatism, 21, 104.

Okonkwo, D., Presson, N., Minhas, D., Laymon, C., Lopresti, B., Mathis, C., Schneider, W. & Mountz, J. (2016). Pet imaging of tau pathology using [18f] AV-1451 in chronic TBI. Journal of Neurotrauma, 33(13), A92-a92.

Mill, R. D., Bagic, A., Bostan, A., Schneider, W., & Cole, M. W. (2016). Empirical validation of directed functional connectivity. NeuroImage.

Faraji, A. H., Abhinav, K., Jarbo, K., Yeh, F.-C., Shin, S. S., Pathak, S., Hirsch, B. E., Schneider, W., Fernandez-Miranda, J. C., & Friedlander, R. M. (2015). Longitudinal evaluation of corticospinal tract in patients with resected brainstem cavernous malformations using high-definition fiber tractography and diffusion connectometry analysis: preliminary experience. Journal of Neurosurgery, 123(5), 1133-1144.

Presson, N., Krishnaswamy, D., Wagener, L., Bird, W., Jarbo, K., Pathak, S., Puccio, A. M., Borasso, A., Benso, S., Okonkwo, D. O., & Schneider, W. (2015). Quantifying white matter structural integrity with high-definition fiber tracking in traumatic brain injury. Military Medicine, 180(3S), 122-134. 

Chmura, J., Presson, N., Benso, S., Puccio, A. M., Fissel, K., Hachey, R., Braun, E., Okonkwo, D. O., & Schneider, W. (2015). A high-definition fiber tracking HDFT-brain report for patients with traumatic brain injury and their doctors. Military Medicine, 180(3S), 122-134.

Presson, N., Beers, S. R., Morrow, L., Wagener, L. M., Bird, W. A., Eman, G. V., & Schneider, W. (2015). An exploratory analysis linking neuropsychological testing to quantification of tractography using High Definition Fiber Tracking (HDFT) in military TBI. Behavior.

Guise, C., Fangueiro, R., Schneider, W., Nóbrega, J.M. (2015). Assessing the application of polypropylene multifilament yarns in brain phantoms. Proceedings in the Comunicações em congressos internacionais com arbitragem científica english.

Richey, J. E., Phillips, J. S., Schunn, C. D., & Schneider, W. (2014). Is the link from working memory to analogy causal? No analogy improvements following working memory training gains. (2014). PLoS ONE, 9(9). 

Guise, C., Fangueiro, R., Nobrega, J. M., & Schneider, W. (2014). Study on fibrous materials for brain phantoms. Studies in health technology and informatics, 207, 163-72.

Krieger, D., McNeil, M., Zhang, J., Puccio, A., Schneider, W., Xin Li, X., & Okonkwo, D. O. (2014) Very high resolution neuroelectric brain imaging by referee consensus processing. Intl J Advd Comp Sci (4)1, 15-25.

Luo, W., Head, A., Schneider, W., & Wang, J. (2014). e-Chimera: Rapid in-situ mobile experimentation through integrated design, test, and deployment. ACM Transactions ACM 1539-

Shin, S. S., Pathak, S., Presson, N., Bird, W., Wagener, L., Schneider, W., & Okonkwo, D. O. (2014). Detection of White Matter Injury in Concussion Using High-Definition Fiber Tractography? Niranjan A, Lunsford LD (eds): Concussion. Prog Neurol Surg. Basel, Karger, 28, 1–8.

Kudos to Walter Schneider and Sudhir Pathak, members of the team that received the Best Demo Award at the 22nd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management for "HealthDist: A Context, Location and Preference-Aware System for Safe Navigation."

June 17, 2021


Kudos to Walter Schneider and his team for receiving the Best Industry and Application Paper Award for "A Context, Location and Preference-Aware System for Safe Pedestrian Mobility."

June 16, 2021


The September 2015 issue of Discover magazine features Walter Schneider’s High Definition Fiber Tracking (HDFT), in “Broken Cables: High-definition Imaging Helps Researchers Map the Damage from Traumatic Brain Injury with Unprecedented Accuracy (September 2015, pp. 53-59).



Walt Schneider was featured in the Next Pittsburgh article, "5 People Making Pittsburgh a Smarter City."

January 2015


Walter Schneider and his colleague David Okonkwo have been awarded a grant from the DSF Charitable Foundation to support improved treatment of head trauma in veterans of the U.S. military. The DSF Charitable Foundation is the charitable-giving organization of the David Scaife family.

February 2014

Walter Schneider was Featured in Piece on Temple Grandin's New Book, 'The Autistic Brain'

May 7, 2013

USA Today


Scientific American Published HDFT (corpus callosum) Images

January 10, 2013

Scientific American

Walt Schneider's High Definition Fiber Tracking work and its application to veterans was featured at Pitt’s newly established Center for Military Medicine Research, in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, or Forbes Magazine.

November 2012

Walt Schneider's HDFT work was featured on the Discovery Channel's program Life Changing Medicine.

September 2012

Discovery Channel

Walter Schneider's work on high-definition fiber-tracking was featured in the article, "New Scanning Technology Could Pinpoint TBI Injuries and Aid Recovery"

May 2012

U.S. Medicine, The Voice of Federal Medicine

New brain imaging at Pitt gives a better picture

March 2, 2012

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

HDFT Could Help Diagnose TBI

March 2, 2012

The Huffington Post

New Technology Offers High-Def Look at Brain Injuries

March 2, 2012


New technology could change how TBI diagnosed

March 2, 2012

CBS News


HDFT for assessment of neurological deficit in a case of TBI

March 2, 2012

Journal of Neurosurgery


Pitt research unlocks secrets of brain

March 2, 2012

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review

First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Major Coordinated Effort by America's Academic Institutions to Combat PTSD & TBI

January 11, 2012

White House Brief


Walter Schneider's High Definition Fiber Tracking Work was Published in Cerveau & Psycho

January/February 2012

Cerveau & Psycho

Walter Schneider's High-Definition Fiber Tractography Images featured in Scientific American Mind

November/December 2011

Scientific American Mind

An Exclusive Interview with Walter Schneider: "Temple Grandin's Unique Brain"

October 23, 2011

CBS's 60 Minutes