Ronald Cohen, Ph.D., ABPP

Professor and Director, Clinical Translational Research in Cognitive Aging and Memory


Phone: 352-294-5840


Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D.  1982, Clinical Psychology, Louisiana State University
  • B.Sc. 1976, Psychology, Tulane University

Research Focus

Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology; Cognitive and clinical neuroscience; Neuropsychology of attention; Attention and memory; Anterior cingulate cortex, Short-duration timing; Reward systems and their influence on attention and other cognitive functions; Neuroimaging; Age-associated cognitive and brain dysfunction, Neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, MCI); HIV-associated neurocognitive dysfunction, Cardiovascular-associated brain dysfunction; Biomarker discovery.

Key Publications

Devlin, K, Gogvatana A, Clark U, Chassman J, Navia B, Tashima K, Cohen, RA. (2012). Neurocognitive effects of HIV, Hepatitis C, and substance use history. J Int Neuropsychol Soc.18(1):68-78. PMID:22132928  PubMed – in process.

Alosco ML, Spitznagel MB, Cohen R, et al. (2012). Cognitive Impairment Is Independently Associated With Reduced Instrumental Activities of Daily Living in Persons With Heart Failure. J Cardiovasc Nurs. May 9. 27(1):44-50. PMC 3175008.

Alosco, M. L.Spitznagel, M. B.Raz, N.Cohen, R. Sweet, L. H.van Dulmen, M.Colbert, L. H.Josephson, R.Waechter, D.Hughes, J.Rosneck, J.Gunstad, J.(2012). Cognitive reserve moderates the association between heart failure and cognitive impairment. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol, 34(1):1-10.

Knecht KM, Alosco ML, Spitznagel MB, Cohen R, et al. Gunstad J et al. Sleep Apnea and Cognitive Function in Heart Failure. Cardiovasc Psychiatry Neurol. 2012;2012: PMID: 22745901.

Alosco ML, Spitznagel MB, van Dulmen M, Raz N, Cohen R, Gunstad J. The additive effects of type-2 diabetes on cognitive function in older adults with heart failure. Cardiol Res Pract. 2012; PMID: 22701196.

Keary TA, Gunstad J, Benitez A, Spitznagel MB, McCaffery J, McGeary JE, Poppas A, Paul RH, Sweet LH, Cohen RATCF7L2 polymorphism and cognitive test performance in cardiovascular disease. Psychogeriatrics. 2012 Jun;12(2):93-8.

Miller LA, Spitznagel MB, Alosco ML, Cohen RA, Sweet LH, Josephson R, Hughes J, Gunstad J.Cognitive profiles in heart failure: a cluster analytic approach.  J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2012; 34(5):509-20. PMID: 22375800.

Galioto R, Spitznagel MB, Strain G, Devlin M, Cohen R, Paul R, Crosby RD, Mitchell JE, Gunstad J. Cognitive function in morbidly obese individuals with and without binge eating disorder. Compr Psychiatry. 2012 Jul;53(5):490-5. Epub 2011 Oct 28.

Hassenstab JJ, Sweet LH, Del Parigi A, McCaffery JM, Haley AP, Demos KE, Cohen RA, Wing RR. Cortical thickness of the cognitive control network in obesity and successful weight loss maintenance: A preliminary MRI study.Psychiatry Res. 2012 Apr 30;202(1):77-9. Epub 2012 May 16. PMID: 22595506

Sweet LH, Hassenstab JJ, McCaffery JM, Raynor HA, Bond DS, Demos KE, Haley AP, Cohen RA, Del Parigi A, Wing RR. Brain response to food stimulation in obese, normal weight, and successful weight loss maintainers. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2012 May 9. Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22569002.

Clark US, Cohen RA, Sweet LH, Gongvatana A, Devlin KN, Hana GN, Westbrook ML, Mulligan RC, Jerskey BA, White TL, Navia B, Tashima KT. Effects of HIV and Early Life Stress on Amygdala Morphometry and Neurocognitive Function. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2012:1-12. PMID: 22621973.

Miller LA, Gunstad J, Spitznagel MB, McCaffery J, McGeary J, Poppas A, Paul RH, Sweet LH, Cohen,RACAMTA1 T polymorphism is associated with neuropsychological test performance in older adults with cardiovascular disease. sychogeriatrics. 2011;11(3):135-40. PMID: 21951953

Professional Memberships

  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Neuropsychiatric Society
  • American Academy of Neuropsychology