Ralph Benedict is a professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY). He is the Director of the clinical neuropsychology program and provides neuropsychological services for Jacobs Multiple Sclerosis Center and the UB Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Clinic. He is a Consultant to the National Hockey League and the National Football League.
Dr. Benedict received his psychology degree from the Ohio State University, his PhD in clinical psychology from Arizona State University, and completed his neuropsychology residency and fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Medical School. He was then recruited to SUNY Buffalo and began research in the areas of vascular dementia, neuroscience of attention and eventually multiple sclerosis. He has authored more than 280 peer-reviewed publications. He has received grant support from NIH, National MS Society and industry. He has chaired or served on several task forces for the American Academy of Neurology, NINDS, Consortium of MS Centers, and the National MS Society. Dr. Benedict created the Brief Visuospatial Memory Test – Revised and Hopkins Verbal Learning Test – Revised, which are commonly used tests for dementia and traumatic brain injury, as well as MS. He also led efforts to develop consensus opinion test batteries including the Minimal Assessment of Cognitive Function in MS (MACFIMS) and the Brief International Cognitive Assessment for MS (BICAMS). He is currently pursuing research studies on dementia and personality changes in multiple sclerosis (MS), predictors of employment status, and therapeutic interventions, including medication strategies for cognitive disorders in MS patients.