Abbey Hughes, Ph.D., M.A.

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  • Director, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology
  • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Adjustment to Chronic Illness, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Chronic Disease Management, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Rehabilitation, Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation, Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Psychology more

Research Interests

multiple sclerosis (MS); predictors of cognitive impairment in rehabilitation populations; health psychology interventions; and improving patient access to health care more

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Appointment Phone: 443-997-5476
600 N. Wolfe Street
Meyer Building 1-130
Baltimore, MD 21287
Fax: 410-614-4033
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Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 443-997-5476
10803 Falls Road
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Lutherville, MD 21093
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Abbey Hughes, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with expertise in rehabilitation psychology and multiple sclerosis rehabilitation. Her clinical and research interests include the assessment, treatment and management of psychological and cognitive difficulties associated with multiple sclerosis, including adjustment to disability, sleep disturbance, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and problems with thinking or memory.

Using a multidisciplinary and biopsychosocial approach, Dr. Hughes conducts neuropsychological assessments, provides consultations and engages in psychological/behavioral medicine interventions with a variety of patients. As a clinician-scientist, she conducts research examining the assessment and treatment of sleep disturbance and neuropsychological impairment in people with multiple sclerosis. more


  • Director, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology
  • Training Director, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology
  • Program Director, MS Rehabilitation Research Fellowship
  • Program Director, Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship
  • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Board Certifications

  • American Board of Professional Psychology (Rehabilitation Psychology) (2019)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Turner AP, Alschuler KN, Hughes AJ, Beier M, Haselkorn JK, Sloan AP, Ehde DM. Mental Health Comorbidity in MS: Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2016 Dec;16(12):106. Review. PMID: 27848174

Koelmel E, Hughes AJ, Alschuler KN, Ehde DM. Resilience Mediates the Longitudinal Relationships Between Social Support and Mental Health Outcomes in Multiple Sclerosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Oct 24. pii: S0003-9993(16)31165-0. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.09.127. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27789238

Choi IY, Lee P, Hughes AJ, Denney DR, Lynch SG. Longitudinal changes of cerebral glutathione (GSH) levels associated with the clinical course of disease progression in patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler. 2016 Sep 12. pii: 1352458516669441. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27620894

Hughes AJ, Turner AP, Alschuler KN, Atkins DC, Beier M, Amtmann D, Ehde DM. Association Between Sleep Problems and Perceived Cognitive Dysfunction Over 12 Months in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. Behav Sleep Med. 2018 Jan-Feb;16(1):79-91. doi: 10.1080/15402002.2016.1173553. Epub 2016 May 11. PubMed PMID: 27167969.

Beier M, Gromisch ES, Hughes AJ, Alschuler KN, Madathil R, Chiaravalloti N, Foley FW. Proposed cut scores for tests of the Brief International Cognitive Assessment of Multiple Sclerosis (BICAMS). J Neurol Sci. 2017 Oct 15;381:110-116. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2017.08.019. Epub 2017 Aug 16. PubMed PMID: 28991659.

Activities & Honors


  • ECTRIMS Young Investigator Award, European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECRTIMS)
  • Poster Award, Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Dissertation Research Award, Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology
  • C. R. Snyder Award for Excellence in Research Achievement, University of Kansas
  • Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist Award, The National Register of Health Service Psychologists, 2017
  • Mitch Rosenthal Early Career Research Award, APA Division 22


  • American Academy of Pain, 2015
  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists, 2014
  • American Psychological Association (APA), 2010
  • APA Division of Rehabilitation Psychology (Division 22), 2011
  • APA Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40), 2013

Professional Activities

  • Peer Reviewer, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2014
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal for Rehabilitation Psychology, 2011
  • Member, Division 22 Program Planning Committee, Annual APA Convention, 2015

Videos & Media

Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation | FAQ with Drs. Abbey Hughes and Alexius Sandoval

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Podcast: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) and MS with Dr. Abbey HughesRealTalk MS (March 2020)

5 Myths About Multiple Sclerosis and Depression | Johns Hopkins Medicine (February 2018)

Connecting Specialties for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis | Restore (November 2017)

Does MS Affect Thinking Skills? | U.S. News (June 2017)

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