Stephen Rao, PhD
Stephen Rao, PhD, is the Ralph and Luci Schey Chair and Director of the Schey Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Cleveland Clinic and Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He obtained his PhD in clinical psychology from Wayne State University (Detroit) and completed a predoctoral internship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center (Chicago). Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in May of 2007, he was Director of the Functional Imaging Research Center and Professor of Neurology (Neuropsychology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). He has authored over 155 scientific papers/book chapters and edited four books. His current research areas involve the application of advanced neuroimaging techniques (task-activated and resting-state fMRI; diffusion tensor imaging) to understand the disruption of brain circuits mediating memory (working, episodic, and semantic), selective and sustained attention, motor control, temporal information processing, and conceptual reasoning in patients with multiple sclerosis, individuals in the preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases, and military personnel with blast-related traumatic brain injury. He has been a recipient of a National Institutes of Health Research Career Development Award and has received funding from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Aging, U.S. Department of Defense, CHDI Foundation, Charles A. Dana Foundation, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He is the outgoing Editor-in-Chief of Neuropsychology published by the American Psychological Association, the incoming Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (JINS) published by Cambridge University Press, has served as the Associate Editor of JINS, and has been a member of the editorial boards of eight other journals. He is the Past President of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) and has served on the Board of Trustees of the INS, Board of Directors of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, and served as Chairman of the Scientific Program Committee for the INS annual meeting.