Brain Aging, Behavioral & Cognitive Neurology Faculty

Division Chief

Michael Jaffee

Michael Jaffee M.D., FAAN, FANA

Professor And Vice Chair
Department: MD-NEUROLOGY-GENERAL SERVICES

Faculty

Melissa Armstrong

Melissa Armstrong MD, MSc, FAAN

Associate Professor Of Neurology, Director, Mangurian Clinical-Research Headquarters For Lewy Body Dementia
Department: MD-NEUROLOGY-MOVEMENT DISORDER
Phone: (352) 273-5550

Dr. Melissa J. Armstrong, MD, MSc is the Director of the Mangurian Clinical-Research Headquarters for Lewy Body Dementia at the University of Florida. She joined the UF Department of Neurology in 2015.

Dr. Armstrong graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1995 with a major in chemistry and a minor in philosophy. She completed medical school at the Stritch School of Medicine (Loyola University Chicago), where she subsequently completed a preliminary residency year in internal medicine and her neurology residency. Following her residency, she worked as a general neurologist at Loyola University Medical Center before pursuing fellowship training in movement disorders. Dr. Armstrong was a clinical and research fellow at the highly respected Morton & Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Centre in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) from 2008 through 2011 where she was an Edmond J. Safra Fellow in Movement Disorders. She also completed an MSc in clinical epidemiology and health care research at the University of Toronto Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation. Dr. Armstrong worked as an assistant professor in the Division of Movement Disorders at the University of Maryland from 2012 until moving to the University of Florida in 2015. During this time, she co-authored the book, “Parkinson’s Disease: Improving Patient Care” (Oxford American Neurology Library 2014). She was also recognized as part of the American Academy of Neurology’s Emerging Leaders Forum (2013-2014). In addition to her work in the field of movement disorders, she serves as an evidence-based medicine methodology consultant for the American Academy of Neurology, working on their clinical practice guideline development program.

At the University of Florida, Dr. Armstrong directs the Mangurian Clinical-Research Headquarters for Lewy Body Dementia, one of 25 centers in the United States recognized as a Lewy Body Dementia Association Research Center of Excellence (2017 to current). She also serves on the Lewy Body Dementia Association Scientific Advisory Council. Dr. Armstrong’s Lewy body dementia research focuses on the lived experience of disease for individuals with Lewy body dementia and their families, ranging from patient and caregiver priorities for care to hospital outcomes to end-of-life experiences.

Accomplishments:
  • Faculty Clinical Research Award
    2016 · University of Florida Department of Neurology
  • Golden Hammer Award
    2015 · University of Maryland Department of Neurology
  • American Academy of Neurology Emerging Leader
    2013 · American Academy of Neurology
Certifications:
  • Neurology
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Specialties:
  • Neurology
Clinical Interests:
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson disease
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jun 2020 ACTIVE
    1Florida Alzheimers Disease Research Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
  • May 2020 ACTIVE
    Communication of Dementia Diagnoses: Investigating Patient, Family, and Physician Experiences and Developing Best Practices
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Principal Investigator
  • Feb 2020 – May 2020
    Prevalence and Demographics of Multiple Sclerosis in the OneFlorida Data Trust
    NATL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOC ·
  • Jan 2020 ACTIVE
    Lewy Body Dementia: Mangurian
    UF FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Oct 2019 ACTIVE
    LBDA RCOE Program
    LEWY BODY DEMENTIA ASSOC · Principal Investigator
  • Oct 2018 – Sep 2019
    University of Florida Collaboration as LBDA Research Center of Excellence- Year 2
    LEWY BODY DEMENTIA ASSOC · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2018 – Jun 2020
    Investigating Patterns of Care for Dementia with Lewy Bodies in Florida
    AMER ACAD OF NEUROLOGY · Mentor
  • Oct 2017 – Sep 2018
    University of Florida Collaboration as LBDA Research Center of Excellence
    LEWY BODY DEMENTIA ASSOC · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2015 – Jun 2020
    Enhancing Clinical Guideline Development via Patient and Stakeholder
    AGCY HEALTHCARE RES AND QUALITY · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2015 ACTIVE
    University of Florida – Mt. Sinai Medical Center AD Research Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
Education:
  • 2003
    MD
    Loyola University Medical Center
David W Burks

David W Burks MD

Assistant Professor
Department: MD-NEUROLOGY-ADMIN/EDUC
Phone: (352) 273-5000

Florida in 2000. He subsequently joined the faculty of the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor of Neurology upon completion of this fellowship and has remained with the department since.

Dr. Burks is also a staff physician at the Malcom Randall and Lake City Veteran Administration Health Care Centers.  He is co-director of the North Florida/South Georgia multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence.

Certifications:
  • Neurology
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Specialties:
  • Neurology
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jul 2016 – Jun 2017
    ALZHEIMERS DISEASE INITIATIVE MEMORY DISORDER CLINIC 2016-2017
    FL DEPT OF ELDER AFFAIRS ·
Education:
  • 1998
    Fellowship – Clinical Neurophysiology
    Tulane University
  • 1997
    Residency – Neurology
    Tulane University
  • 1994
    Internship
    Tulane University
  • 1983
    Medical Degree
    University of Texas
Steven T Dekosky

Steven T Dekosky MD

Deputy Director, MicKnight Brain Institute; Aerts-Cosper Professor Of Alzheimer’s Research; Associate Director 1Florida AD Research Center’ And Professor Of Neurology & Neuroscience
Department: MD-BEHAVIORAL NEUROLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-8500

Dr. DeKosky, a prominent Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury researcher and UF alumnus, came to UF in July 2015 as the institute’s deputy director and professor of neurology in the College of Medicine. Prior to joining the McKnight Brain Institute, Dr. DeKosky was vice president and dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine from 2008 to 2013, and was then appointed emeritus professor of neurology . Prior to becoming dean at UVA, he spent 18 years at the University of Pittsburgh in roles that included chair of the department of neurology and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. As a researcher, Dr. DeKosky focused on understanding the neurochemistry, neuroimaging, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease in both his laboratory and in clinical research. He also co-authored the first report of the dementia associated with traumatic brain injuries among professional football players and published extensively in basic research of TBI.. At UF, Dr. DeKosky did graduate work in psychology and neuroscience, received a medical degree in 1974 and following an internship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, returned to UF to complete a residency in neurology, followed by a fellowship in neurochemistry at the University of Virginia Center for Neurosciences.

Accomplishments:
  • Best Doctors in America
    2003-2013 · Best Doctors, Inc.
Certifications:
  • Neurology
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Recertification in Neurology 2015-2025
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Grants:
  • Jun 2020 ACTIVE
    1Florida Alzheimers Disease Research Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
  • Aug 2019 ACTIVE
    Revitalizing Cognition in Older Adults at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease with Near-Infrared Photobiomodulation.
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
  • May 2019 ACTIVE
    Association of PET amyloid status with cognitive and functional outcomes of behavioral interventions in Mild Cognitive Impairment
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Project Manager
  • Sep 2018 ACTIVE
    Planning an Adaptive Clinical Trial of Cognitive Training to Improve Function and Delay Dementia
    UNIV OF SOUTH FLORIDA · Project Manager
  • Feb 2018 – Feb 2020
    The Relationships between Multimodal Neuroimaging Biomarkers and Novel Cognitive Stress Tests Among Ethnically Divers
    UNIV OF MIAMI · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2017 ACTIVE
    Treatment of mild cognitive impairment with transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
  • Sep 2016 ACTIVE
    Augmenting Cognitive Training in Older Adults – The ACT Grant
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
  • Aug 2015 ACTIVE
    University of Florida – Mt. Sinai Medical Center AD Research Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
  • Mar 2015 – Apr 2020
    Texas External Quality Review Organization Vendor and Quality Vendor
    STATE OF TEXAS HLTH HUMAN SERV COM · Project Manager
  • Nov 2012 – Oct 2017
    Support brain research at the McKnight Brain Institute
    UF FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Nov 2012 – Oct 2017
    Support Stem Cell Rsch at the McKnight Brain Institute
    UF FOU · Project Manager
  • Sep 2012 – Sep 2016
    IPA – Song Lai
    US DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS · Project Manager
  • Jul 2012 – Jan 2018
    Support operation/functions of the McKnight Brain Bank
    UF FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2008 ACTIVE
    Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Research Program in Age-Related Memory Loss.
    MCKNIGHT FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2008 – Apr 2018
    McKnight Brain Research Program
    UF FOU · Project Manager
  • Jul 2006 ACTIVE
    BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD INJURY RESEARCH
    FL DEPT OF HLTH · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 1978-1979
    Fellow in Neurochemistry
    University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • 1975-1978
    Resident in Neurology
    University of Florida College of Medicine
  • 1974-1975
    Intern in Internal Medicine
    The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • 1971-1974
    MD
    University of Florida College of Medicine
  • 1968-1971
    Graduate Student, Psychology and Neuroscience
    University of Florida College of Medicine
  • 1964-1968
    B.A. in Psychology
    Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Kenneth M Heilman

Kenneth M Heilman MD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department: MD-NEUROLOGY-ADMIN/EDUC
Phone: (352) 273-5550

Dr. Kenneth M. Heilman received his M.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 1963 and subsequently spent two years training in Internal Medicine at Cornell University Medical Center (Bellevue). During the Vietnam War he joined the Air Force and was Chief of Medicine at NATO Hospital, Izmir, Turkey. When he was discharged from the service, he took a Neurology residency and fellowship at the Harvard Neurological Unit (Boston City) with Dr. Derek Denny-Brown and then with Dr. Norman Geschwind. After completing his residency and fellowship, he joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1970, as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1973 and Professor in 1975. He received an endowed chair in 1990 making him the first James E Rooks, Jr. Professor of Neurology. In 1998, he was in the first group of the faculty to be awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. He is also a professor of Clinical and Health Psychology.

Dr. Heilman is an active clinician who is Director of the Memory and Cognitive Disorder Clinics. His primary clinical interests are in attentional, emotional and cognitive disorders. His expertise as a clinician has been recognized by being listed in every edition of the Best Doctors in America as well as other publications. Dr. Heilman is also an educator. In addition to teaching medical and psychology students, he is active in resident education and has been director of a post doctoral program that has trained more than 70 post doctoral fellows. The majority of these fellows now hold academic positions in this and other universities. Several of Dr. Heilman’s former fellows are now leaders in academic Neurology and Neuropsychology. Dr. Heilman also has an active research program. He is the author of several texts, and has more than 600 books, chapters and articles in peer reviewed journals.

Specialties:
  • Neurology
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jul 2016 – Jun 2017
    ALZHEIMERS DISEASE INITIATIVE MEMORY DISORDER CLINIC 2016-2017
    FL DEPT OF ELDER AFFAIRS ·
  • Sep 2015 – Aug 2019
    Brain and cognition effects of cardio resynchronization therapy in heart failure
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Project Manager
  • Jul 2015 – Jun 2016
    Memory Disorder Clinic 2015-2016
    FL DEPT OF ELDER AFFAIRS · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2013 – Dec 2016
    Disorders of Emotional Communication in Patient with Cer
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 1963
    MD
    University of Virginia
Diego E Rincon-Limas

Diego E Rincon-Limas PhD

Associate Professor & University Term Professor
Department: MD-NEUROLOGY-GENERAL SERVICES
Phone: (352) 273-9689

Dr. Rincon-Limas received a bachelor degree on Biopharmaceutical Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas in Reynosa, Mexico. He also obtained a Master’s degree in Microbiology and a summa cum laude Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico. He then moved to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston to conduct his postdoctoral training in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, where he got training in Neurogenetics and Neurobiology. He got his first Faculty position in the Department of Neurology and the Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Disorders at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and then moved to the University of Florida to join the Department of Neurology at the McKnight Brain Institute. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Neuroscience and is also a member of the UF Genetics Institute, the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease (CTRND), and the Center for Neurogenetics.

Accomplishments:
  • Exemplary Teacher Award
    2018 · University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Exemplary Teacher Award
    2017 · University of Florida College of Medicine
  • University Term Professorship Award
    2017 · University of Florida
Research Summary:

Neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and prion diseases, are some of the most dreaded conditions in our society. These conditions affect millions of people worldwide, represent a huge and increasing burden on the health-care system, and constitute one of the major challenges of modern medicine. Unfortunately, the pathogenic mechanisms underlying these debilitating disorders are poorly understood and, therefore, there are no effective therapies to avoid their fatal outcome.

My laboratory focuses on the development and application of new technologies to define the molecular pathways leading to neurodegeneration and to identify potential therapeutic targets. To do so, we utilize the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to model molecular, biochemical and pathological aspects of human neurodegenerative conditions. This is achieved by disrupting homologous genes in Drosophila, or by expressing a human disease gene in this organism. Strikingly, the remarkable genetic conservation from flies to humans leads to neurological phenotypes that closely mimic the human disease. Once the model is validated, we apply a multidisciplinary approach combining Drosophila genetics, neurobiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, optogenetics and systems biology. My goal is to use this multidisciplinary effort to dissect unknown, fundamental events that mediate these devastating pathologies.

Publications:
Grants:
  • Aug 2018 ACTIVE
    Deconstructing and challenging TDP-43 proteinopathies: from FTLD/ALS to Alzheimers disease
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2018 ACTIVE
    Exploring the unparalleled protection of RAF2 against Abeta42 and tau toxicity
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2017 – Jun 2020
    Uncovering targets that block pathological interactions between Abeta and tau
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
  • Feb 2017 – Sep 2019
    Large-scale identification of genes that suppress concurrent Abeta42 and tau pathology in vivo
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2016 – Mar 2019
    Targeting nuclear transport dysfunction in TDP-43 protei
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Principal Investigator
  • Nov 2015 ACTIVE
    Optogenetic systems to regulate light-mediated transcrip
    LIFE SCIENCES RESEARCH FOUNDATION · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2014 – Jun 2017
    Optogenetic modeling of primary and secondary CNS…….
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2013 – Dec 2015
    Engineering chaperones for extracellular amyloids
    NATL INST OF HLTH · Principal Investigator
Yasmin Mohiuddin

Yasmin Mohiuddin D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor & Assistant Program Director, Geriatric Fellowship
Department: MD-GERIATRIC MEDICINE
Phone: (352) 294-5800
Certifications:
  • ACLS/PALS/BLS
    N/A
  • American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice
    Family Medicine
  • DEA Licensed
    N/A
Specialties:
  • Medicine
Subspecialties:
  • Geriatric Medicine
Education:
  • 2018-2019
    UF Health & Shands Hospital and Clinics Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
    University of Florida
  • 2015-2018
    Family Medicine Internship & Residency
    Florida Hospital East Orlando
  • 2011-2015
    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
    University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2009-2011
    Masters of Medical Science – Research Microbiology
    University of Florida
  • 2005-2009
    Bachelors in Microbiology and Cell Science
    University of Florida
Stephen E Nadeau

Stephen E Nadeau MD

Professor
Department: MD-NEUROLOGY-ADMIN/EDUC
Phone: (352) 273-5000

I received degrees in chemical physics and political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, attended the University of Florida College of Medicine, trained in neurology at the University of Florida, and completed a fellowship in behavioral neurology with Kenneth M. Heilman. I have been a member of the faculty of the UF College of Medicine since 1987 and have provided clinical care, taught residents and medical students, and pursued research, primarily in behavioral neurology, neuroplasticity, and neurorehabilitation. My particular research interest has been in the application of parallel distributed processing theory to understand the neural basis of cognitive function, its breakdown with brain injury (particularly in the realm of language), and to develop cognitive rehabilitation strategies. Since 2013, I have been Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center.

Accomplishments:
  • Exemplary teacher award
    2014 · University of Florida
  • J Brooks Brown Research Award for Outstanding Achievement, Contributions to Rehabilitation Science, Inspiration, and Service to Research
    2011 · Brooks Rehabilition Hospital
  • Teacher of the year award
    2002-2004 · Residents, University of Florida Department of Neurology
  • Membership
    1999-2019 · Best Doctors in America
  • Fellow
    1998 · American Academy of Neurology
  • Membership
    1977 · Alpha Omega Alpha
Certifications:
  • Neurology
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Specialties:
  • Neurology
Clinical Interests:
  • Neurocognitive disorder
Publications:
Bhavana Patel

Bhavana Patel DO

Assistant Professor
Department: MD-NEUROLOGY-MOVEMENT DISORDER
Phone: (352) 273-5550

Dr. Bhavana Patel, DO, MS is currently an assistant professor in the Division of Movement disorders and Behavioral Neurology at the University of Florida. She joined the UF Department of Neurology and the Fixel Institute in 2019.

Dr. Patel graduated from Butler University in 2008 with a double major in chemistry and Spanish, followed by a Master’s degree in Biology at Purdue University in Indianapolis. She completed medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic medicine in 2013, followed by a preliminary internal medicine year and neurology residency at University of Kansas in 2017. During her residency she received awards for her residency research projects and was recognized by the medical student body for her excellence in teaching. In her final year of training she served as Chief Resident.

Upon completion of her neurology training she pursued a two year fellowship in Movement Disorders at University of Florida from 2017-2019. She has a personal connection to Dementia with Lewy Bodies and during her training she completed additional clinical and research training in Lewy Body disease under the mentorship of Dr. Melissa Armstrong. In 2018 she was the inaugural recipient of the Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Dementia with Lewy Bodies from the American Brain Foundation and the Mary E. Groff Charitable trust, in collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology. She is currently in the process of completing her 2 year Lewy Body Dementia research grant and has multiple research publications in development.

Dr. Patel’s research interests include Lewy body dementia, neurostimulation for movement and cognitive disorders, along with a strong interest in improving the delivery of healthcare to patients with Lewy body disease. Currently part of her research focuses on understanding how patients with Lewy body dementia and caregivers are receiving care in Florida. She has a specific interest in improving specialty access to patients with Lewy body disease using telemedicine.

She has presented her research at multiple international conferences including 2019 International Lewy Body Dementia Conference, International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Society, Academy of Neurology, and the 5th World Parkinson Congress.

She has presented an education session about Lewy body disease at the annual 2019 statewide Florida Neurological Society meeting.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Society of Neurology.

Grants:
  • Jul 2018 – Jun 2020
    Investigating Patterns of Care for Dementia with Lewy Bodies in Florida
    AMER ACAD OF NEUROLOGY · Principal Investigator
Neal Weisbrod

Neal Weisbrod MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: MD-BEHAVIORAL NEUROLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-5174

Neal Weisbrod is a clinician educator with a focus on inpatient neurology and palliative care. He trained at the University of Rochester, New York for undergraduate education, medical school, and neurology residency. During neurology residency he developed a passion for high quality doctor-family communication in serious illness and went on to complete a fellowship in palliative care at the University of California, Los Angeles. His clinical focuses are neurohospitalist and palliative care consult practice. In the realm of education he enjoys teaching neurological localization and diagnostic decision making in addition to equipping trainees with the skills to navigate challenging conversations about serious illness and effectively manage symptoms at all stages of illness.

Accomplishments:
  • Resident Scholarship to the Annual Meeting
    2017 · American Academy of Neurology
  • Robert J. Joynt Prize for Excellence in Clinical Neurology
    2013 · University of Rochester Department of Neurology
  • Distinguished Teaching Award
    2009 · University of Rochester Department of Chemistry
Certifications:
  • Neurology
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Palliative Medicine
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Grants:
  • Mar 2019 ACTIVE
    Responses to a Standardized Approach to Advance Care Planning in Cognitive Disorders Clinic
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2018
    Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    University of California – Los Angeles
  • 2013
    MD
    University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Affiliated Faculty

Russell M Bauer

Russell M Bauer Ph.D., ABPP

PROFESSOR
Department: HP-CLINICAL / HLTH PSYCHOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-6140
Accomplishments:
  • Edith Kaplan Award
    2010 · Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society
  • Department Teaching Awards
    2008 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology – University of Florida
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
    2008 · American Psychological Association Division 40 [Clinical Neuropsychology]
  • Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award
    2006 · American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring Award
    2004 · University of Florida
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Concussion
  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy – overview
  • Memory loss
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Research Summary:

Dr. Bauer has authored over 80 professional papers and has received extramural support from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institutes of Communicative Disorders and Stroke, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the National Institutes of Mental Health. He currently has a funded project in collaboration with the UF Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) to establish a practice-based concussion/traumatic brain injury research network among Florida health practitioners. Additional ongoing research projects examine the differential diagnosis and preclinical detection of dementia, hippocampal contributions to spatial memory, and structure-function relationships in memory disorders using structural brain imaging techniques. Areas of interest are: Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion, Brain Health Memory Disorders and Neuropsychology.

Publications:
Grants:
  • Jun 2020 ACTIVE
    1Florida Alzheimers Disease Research Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
  • Mar 2019 ACTIVE
    National Neuropsychology Network (NNN)
    UNIV OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2018 ACTIVE
    Hippocampal and dopaminergic?mechanisms of novelty detection underlying cognitive resilience in aging
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
  • Apr 2016 – Mar 2017
    AGE-ASSOCIATED FUNCTIONAL CONNECTIVITY DECLINES IN THE
    UF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE RESEARCH CENTER · Project Manager
  • Mar 2016 – May 2018
    Attention Systems and Their Interactions Following Traum
    SOCIETY FOR CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY · Principal Investigator
  • Feb 2016 – Jan 2018
    Diseases related to Alzheimer's disease, fiscal year 15-
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Project Manager
  • Nov 2015 – Nov 2016
    The effect of exercise on neurorecovery following mild
    AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSO · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2015 – Nov 2016
    The effect of Exercise on Neurorecovery Following Mild T
    AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2015 – Jun 2017
    Sports Concussion and Neuromusclar Function
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIAMS · Project Manager
  • Aug 2015 ACTIVE
    University of Florida – Mt. Sinai Medical Center AD Research Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
  • Aug 2012 – Nov 2017
    Advance Study
    FUNCTIONAL NEUROMODULATION · Project Manager
  • Jul 2007 – Aug 2016
    Clinical and Translational Science Institute
    UF RESEARCH FOU · Project Manager
  • Jul 2006 ACTIVE
    BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD INJURY RESEARCH
    FL DEPT OF HLTH · Project Manager
Education:
  • 1980
    Internship – Clinical and Health Psychology
    University of Florida
  • 1979
    Ph.D. – Clinical Psychology, Minor – Neuropsychology
    Pennsylvania State University
  • 1977
    M.S.
    Pennsylvania State University
Dawn Bowers

Dawn Bowers Ph.D., ABPP-CN

PROFESSOR
Department: HP-CLINICAL / HLTH PSYCHOLOGY
Phone: (352) 392-3450

Dawn Bowers is a Professor and clinical/research neuropsychologist in the Departments of Clinical & Health Psychology and Neurology at the University of Florida. She is a UF Research Foundation Professor, the Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the Fixel Institute, and neuropsychology director for the UF Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration program. Dr. Bowers received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, interned at Boston University/Boston Veterans Administration Hospital (with an externship at the Framingham Heart Project), and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral neurology at the University of Florida. She is internationally known for her expertise in neurocognitive and emotion processing changes associated with Parkinson disease and other neurollogic disorders. Her research has spanned  laterality, attention and memory, and neuropsychology of emotion using TMS, ERP, psychophysiology, near infrared stimulation, computational modeling, and face digitizing. She has received continuous research funding by NIH and other foundations since 1981. She has over 175 peer-reviewed research articles, over 250 peer-reviewed research presentations, 1 co-authored book, and 1 clinical test.   She is strongly committed to clinical and research training of predoctoral and post-doctoral fellows and is MPI of an NINDS-funded T32 in Interdisciplinary Training in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. She sees patients clinically for neuropsychological assessment and intervention one day a week at the Fixel Center.

Accomplishments:
  • Term Professorship
    2017-2020 · University of Florida
  • Dissertation Mentoring Award
    2015 · University of Florida
  • Paul Satz Career Mentoring Award
    2014 · International Neuropsychology Society
  • Edith Kaplan Neuropsychology Award
    2014 · Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society
  • UF Foundation Research Professor
    2006-2009 · University of Florida
Certifications:
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
    ABBP-CN
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Alzheimer disease
  • Dementia
  • Depression – overview
  • Dystonia
  • Essential tremor
  • Memory loss
  • Parkinson disease
Publications:
Grants:
  • May 2020 ACTIVE
    Determining Plasticity of Brain Regulatory Mechanisms Related to Emotion Processing: A Neurofeedback Approach in Older Adults with Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER ·
  • Aug 2019 ACTIVE
    Revitalizing Cognition in Older Adults at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease with Near-Infrared Photobiomodulation.
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2019 ACTIVE
    Revitalizing Cognition and Motor Symptoms in Parkinson Disease: A Pilot Intervention with Near Infrared Stimulation
    PARKINSONS FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2018 ACTIVE
    Uncovering and Surveilling Financial Deception Risk in Aging
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
  • May 2018 ACTIVE
    A Pilot Intervention with Near Infrared Stimulation: Revitalizing Cognition in Older Adults
    MCKNIGHT BRAIN RESEARCH FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2017 ACTIVE
    Mechanisms of airway protection dysfunction in Parkinson's disease
    NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD · Project Manager
  • Mar 2017 ACTIVE
    Determining Plasticity of Brain-Regulatory Mechanisms Related to Emotion Processing: A Neurofeedback Approach in Aging and Parkinson Disease
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
  • Sep 2016 ACTIVE
    Closing the Loop on Tremor: A Responsive Deep Brain Stimulator for the Treatment of Essential Tremor
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS ·
  • Aug 2016 – Aug 2017
    Age-Related Mechanisms of Emotion Anticipation and Perception
    AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL FOU · Mentor
  • Jul 2016 ACTIVE
    The Human Thalamocortical Network in tourette syndrome
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS ·
  • Feb 2016 – Jan 2018
    Diseases related to Alzheimer's disease, fiscal year 15-
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Project Manager
  • Feb 2016 – Jan 2018
    pilot intervention in mild cognitive impairment:
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2015 – Apr 2018
    Dissociating Components of Anhedonia: Pilot Behavioral and fMRI Data for the Effort Expenditure for Rewards Task
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIMH · Principal Investigator
  • May 2015 ACTIVE
    Interdisciplinary Training in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2015 – Jul 2017
    PD Closed Loop
    FOX FOU, MICHAEL J · Project Manager
  • Jul 2014 – Sep 2017
    Age-related mechanisms of emotion anticipation and perce
    AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSO · Mentor
  • Sep 2013 – Aug 2019
    White Matter Connectivity and PD Cognitive Phenotypes
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Project Manager
Education:
  • 1979
    Fellowship – Behavioral Neurology
    University of Florida
  • 1978
    Ph.D. – 
Clinical Psychology/Neuropsychology
    University of Florida
  • 1976-1977
    Internship
    Boston VAMC
Glenn E Smith

Glenn E Smith Ph.D., ABPP-cn

Chair And Professor
Department: HP-CLINICAL / HLTH PSYCHOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-6556

Dr. Glenn E. Smith is Chair and Elizabeth Faulk Professor of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. A board-certified neuropsychologist, Dr. Smith has been a practicing clinician for over 30 years and has authored or co-authored over 200 original articles, 14 book chapters, and 2 books on the neuropsychology of cognitive aging and dementia.

Accomplishments:
  • Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award
    2016 · American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Psychology Teacher of the Year Award
    2011 · Mayo Clinic
  • President
    2008-2009 · APA Society of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Psycholoogy Teacher of the Year Award
    2007 · Mayo Clinic
  • President
    2005-2007 · American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology
Certifications:
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
    American Board of Professional Psychology
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Aging changes in the nervous system
  • Alzheimer disease
  • Memory loss
  • Neurocognitive disorder
  • Parkinson disease
Research Summary:

Dr. Smith provides neuropsychological evaluations particularly for oIder adults. He also is developer and a leader of the HABIT® Healthy Action to Benefit Independence and Thinking program. HABIT® and variations of this program are an intensive behavioral intervention for persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment and their care partners.

Dr. Smith’s research focuses on the early detection of neurodegenerative diseases. He has been studying mild cognitive impairment for 25+ years. He also studies methods to prevent or delay the development of dementia, especially behavioral interventions intended to enhance resilience, reserve, or to mitigate neurodegenerative disease.

Research Interests:
  • Behavioral intervention
  • Dementia
  • Detection of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Prevention
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jun 2020 ACTIVE
    1Florida Alzheimers Disease Research Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
  • May 2020 ACTIVE
    Research Training in Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Cognition in Aging, MCI, and Alzheimer's Disease
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
  • May 2019 ACTIVE
    Association of PET amyloid status with cognitive and functional outcomes of behavioral interventions in Mild Cognitive Impairment
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Principal Investigator
  • Feb 2019 ACTIVE
    Utilizing Data from the Electronic Medical Record to Predict Alzheimers and Dementia Risk
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2018 ACTIVE
    Planning an Adaptive Clinical Trial of Cognitive Training to Improve Function and Delay Dementia
    UNIV OF SOUTH FLORIDA ·
  • Sep 2018 ACTIVE
    Using intuitive eLearning to Provide Personalized Training to Informal Caregivers of Patients with Dementia During the Discharge Process
    CENTRE FOR AGING AND BRAIN HEALTH INNOVA ·
  • Aug 2018 ACTIVE
    Implicit Memory Functioning in amnestic MCI due to Alzheimer's Disease: Implications for Behavioral Interventions
    ALZHEIMER NEDERLAND · Mentor
  • Sep 2017 – May 2020
    Accurate WiFi-Based Localization of Dementia Patients For Caregiver
    ASTER LABS INC · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2017 ACTIVE
    Engaging diverse populations in behavioral interventions for MCI
    ALZHEIMERS ASSO · Mentor
  • Feb 2017 – Mar 2019
    Consortium Study of Neuroimaging Impact of Behavioral Interventions in Mild Cognitive Impairment
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Principal Investigator
  • Oct 2015 – Sep 2018
    Contract for funded patient powered research network
    MAYO CLINIC · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2015 – Aug 2017
    Precise Automatic Nail Trimmer to Aid Foot Care of the Elderly
    ASTER LABS INC · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2015 – Mar 2017
    IPA for Michael Marsiske
    US DEPT OF VET AFF GAINESVILLE MED CTR · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2015 – Jun 2020
    Comparative Effectiveness of Behavioral Interventions to Prevent or Delay Dementia
    PATIENT-CENTERED OUTCOMES RES INST · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2015 – Aug 2017
    IPA for Molly Sullan
    US DEPT OF VET AFF GAINESVILLE MED CTR · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 1990-1993
    Post Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology
    Mayo Clinic
  • 1987-1988
    Gero and Neuro Psychology Internship
    UCLA
  • 1983-1988
    Graduate School for Clinical Psychology
    University of Nebraska