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:
  • Sep 2020 ACTIVE
    F022983 – UF Parkinson's Disease/Movement Disorders Fund
    UF FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2020 ACTIVE
    Identifying Factors Predicting ACcurately End-of-Life in Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Promoting Quality End-of-Life Experiences: the PACE-DLB Study
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
  • 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
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:
Neal Weisbrod

Neal Weisbrod MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: MD-BEHAVIORAL NEUROLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-5550

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
Publications:
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: Department of Clinical and Health 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:
  • 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 ACTIVE
    University of Florida – Mt. Sinai Medical Center AD Research Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
  • Aug 2015 – Jun 2017
    Sports Concussion and Neuromusclar Function
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIAMS · Project Manager
  • Aug 2012 – Nov 2017
    Advance Study
    FUNCTIONAL NEUROMODULATION · Project Manager
  • Jul 2007 – Aug 2016
    Clinical and Translational Science Institute
    UF RESEARCH FOU · 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: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 273-6617

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 age related disorders including Parkinson disease, Essential Tremor, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurologic 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 225 peer-reviewed research articles, over 350 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 at the Fixel Center. Her lab website: https://cogneuro.phhp.ufl.edu

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
  • Essential tremor
  • Memory loss
  • Neurocognitive disorder
  • Parkinson disease
Research Summary:

Current research focuses on psychophysiological and behavioral signatures of cognitive/emotional change associated with normal aging and  Parkinson disease  and novel treatment approaches for apathy and executive dysfunction.  Her laboratory uses a variety of different tools to investigate hypothesis driven research ranging from transcranial magnetic stimulation, psychophysiology/electrophysiology (ERP), face digitizing, computational modeling, to experimental cognitive probes.  

Current funding

NIH/NINDS, T32-NS082168-06,  Interdisciplinary Training in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. MPI:  D. Bowers & D. Vaillancourt

NIH/NIA  R01-AG064587, Revitalizing Cognition in Older Adults at Risk for Alzheimer’s disease with Near Infrared Photobiomodulation. MPI: D. Bowers, A. Woods, & G. Alexander.

Parkinson Foundation Impact Award IMP-1938, Revitalizing cognition and motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson disease, PI: D. Bowers

NIH/NIA R21-AG057200, Determining plasticity of brain-regulatory mechanisms related to emotion processing: A Neurofeedback Approach in Aging and Parkinson Disease. MPI: D. Bowers & N. Ebner

Florida Department of Health Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Program (Grant #20A15), Determining Plasticity of Brain-Regulatory Mechanisms Related to Emotion Processing: A Neurofeedback Approach in Older Adults with Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment. PI: Ebner; Bowers Co-I

NIH/NIA R01-AG12802177, Uncovering and Surveilling Financial Deception Risk in Aging, Supplement. PI: Ebner Co-I Bowers

NIH/NINSA-1UH3NS109845, Dual Lead Thalamic DBR-DBS Interface for Closed Loop Control of Severe Essential Tremor. MPI: Oweiss & Foote; Co-I Bowers

McKnight Brain Research Foundation. A Pilot Multi-Site Intervention with Near Infrared Stimulation. MPI: D. Bowers, G. Alexander, A. Woods

NIH R01 HD091658-01. Mechanisms of airway protection dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease. PI: K. Hegland, Co-I: D. Bowers

NIH/NINDS R01-NS096008, The Human Thalamocortical Network in Tourette. MPI: A. Gunduz & M.S. Okun, Co-I Bowers

NIH/NINDS UH3-NS095553, Closing the Loop on Tremor: A Responsive Deep Brain Stimulator for the Treatment. MPI: G. Gunduz & K. Foote, Co-I Bowers.

Recently Completed Funding

Fogarty Foundation, Dose Response Relationship between Near Infrared Stimulation and Brain Activity using Neuroimaging. PI: P. Sinha & Bowers (Mentor).

NIH/NINDS R21NS079767, Emotion Regulation, Executive Function, and Parkinson Disease, PI: D. Bowers

NIH/ NINDS R01-NS50633, Masked Faces in Parkinson Disease: Mechanism and Treatment. PI: D. Bowers

NIH/NIA R21-AG033284, Language and Executive Function in Parkinson’s Disease: Effects of dual task and exercise. MPI: L. Altmann & C. Hass; Bowers Co-I.

NIH/NIMH R01 MH62458, Priming, TMS, and Hemispheric Asymmetries. PI: D. Bowers.

Michael J. Fox Foundation, Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for theTreatment of Apathy in Parkinson’s Disease (The Restore Study). MPI: H.Fernandez & D. Bowers

Publications:
Grants:
  • Aug 2020 ACTIVE
    Interdisciplinary Training in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Principal Investigator
  • 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 ·
  • 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 ·
  • 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
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIMH · Principal Investigator
  • May 2015 – Jul 2020
    Interdisciplinary Training in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2015 – Jul 2017
    A Responsive Closed-Loop Approach to Treat Freezing of Gait in Parkinsons Disease
    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: Department of Clinical and Health 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 ACTIVE
    Accurate WiFi-Based Localization of Dementia Patients For Caregiver
    ASTER LABS INC · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2017 – Jul 2020
    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 project: Phase II (new pprn)
    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