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Leilani Doty, Ph.D.

Leilani Doty, Ph.D.
Associate Scientist
Co-Director Memory Disorder Clinic

Phone: (352) 273-5550
Fax: (352) 273-5575

Department of Neurology
Room L3-100, McKnight Brain Institute
1149 Newell Drive
Gainesville, FL. 32611


Professional Background

Ph.D. in Counselor Education with Specialty in Gerontology, University of Florida (1986)

Personal Info

Dr. Doty is currently a Faculty Associate for the McKnight Brain Institute, the Center for Neuropsychological Studies, the Center for Gerontological Studies/Institute for Gerontology at the University of Florida, the Department of Occupational Therapy; and the Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Malcom Randall Veteran Affairs Medical Center. She is the Director of the University of Florida Cognitive and Memory Disorder Clinics (partially funded by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative).  In addition, she serves as an Adjunct Graduate Faculty member of the University of Missouri-Kansas, Kansas City, MO.

Dr. Doty earned her B.A. in Psychology and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education with a Specialty in Gerontology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Dr. Doty was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Gerontological Society of America. She is certified as a Counselor from the National Board of Certified Counselors, holds a Certificate of Gerontology (University of Florida), and is a licensed, registered nurse (graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, Boston, MA).

Dr. Doty received the University of Florida Women of Achievement Award, the Outstanding Service Award as President, College of Medicine Women Faculty Association at the University of Florida and a nomination for the Excellence in Aging with Dignity Award for a Health Care Professional, Florida Commission on Aging with Dignity. She is a former member of the University of Florida Senate Steering Committee; a founding member of the Alliance for Women’s Health and Research; a member of the Eastside Advisory Council, Community Health Center at Eastside; a former member of the University of Florida Affirmative Action Committee; a former member of the Executive Committee, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research; and is a Board Member of SELAM (Senior Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) International as the Communications Chair where she also serves as the Associate Editors of the SELAM Leadership Journal and the SELAM Spotlights Newsletter.

Research Interests

  • Neuropsychological Behaviour
  • Caregiver Management & Stress
  • Dementia & Driving
  • Ethics in Geriatrics
  • Women’s Health

Selected Publications


  1. Doty, L. (Ed.)  (2012). The Alzheimer’s Disease Training Manuel: Curriculum. (18 Chapters).  FL Dept. of Elder Affairs web site) (in process)
  2. Heilman, K.M., Doty, L., Bowers, D., Stewart, J.T., & Gonzalez-Rothi, L.J. (1998, 2nd ed., 1995 1st ed). HELPING PEOPLE WITH PROGRESSIVE MEMORY DISORDERS: A GUIDEBOOK FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, 2nd ed. Gainesville, FL: University of FL Press. 1996 National Health Information Bronze Award (Awarded 1997).
  3. Doty, L. (1987). COMMUNICATION AND ASSERTION FOR OLDER PERSONS. New York, NY: Hemisphere, Inc.

Chapters, Invited Articles

  1. Doty, L. (July 2011). Plan Ahead.  Elder Update, 22(3), p.1-2. (invited article)
  2. Doty, L. (Summer 2011).  Memory Problems?  It may be your medications! Alzheimer’s Family Organization Companion Newsletter, 13(2), p.4. (invited article)
  3. Doty, L. (Spring 2011).  Medications that may help memory and thinking. Alzheimer’s Family Organization Companion Newsletter, p.1-2. (invited article)
  4. Doty, L. (March/April 2011). Anosognosia: Being Unaware of Memory Problems. Elder Update, 22(2), p.19;22. (invited article)
  5. Doty, L. (Dec.2010).  Tests for Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia.  Alzheimer Family Organization Companion Newsletter, p.1-2. (invited)
  6. Doty, L. (2010). After stomach surgery, watch Vitamins B1 & B12 levels.  Elder Update (November/December 2010), p.1-3.
  7. Doty, L. (January/February 2011). Keeping the Older Brain Healthy. Elder Update,  22(1), p.6
  8. Doty, L. (2010). Revised Chapter 27, “Our Older Years” for the 2011 edition of Our Bodies Ourselves. (Boston Women’s Health Book Collective). New York: Simon & Schuster.  (invited)

For a full publications list and to view Curriculum Viate use link below.