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Biography

Dr. Bauer received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 1979 and completed an Internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida in 1980. He is past President of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Clinical Neuropsychology, and is a diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He previously served on the Board of Governors of the International Neuropsychological Society and on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. He is Co-editor of The Clinical Neuropsychologist and is on the editorial boards of Assessment and Applied Neuropsychology. He is former chair of the Perception and Cognition Review Group of NIH’s Center for Scientific Review. He has given workshops and papers to national and international audiences, as well as to the Florida Psychological Association, which awarded him its Outstanding Psychological Research Award in 1992. He is currently Departmental Chair for the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida. He received a 2003-2004 Dissertation Advising/Mentoring Award from the University of Florida. He 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 National Institutes of Health, and the National Institutes of Mental Health. His current research projects examine preclinical detection of dementia, neurobehavioral aspects of epilepsy and epilepsy surgery, hippocampal contributions to spatial memory, and structure-function relationships in cognitive aging.

Research Focus

Research focuses on clinical and theoretical issues in acquired and age-related memory and perceptual disorders. Current studies focus on the role of the hippocampus and other memory-related structures in relational and spatial memory, and on preclinical detection of individuals at risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Our current research focuses on applying a “comparative neuropsychology” model that attempts to adapt well-defined and validated animal paradigms to the study of human neuropsychology. Current examples include a computer-based version of the Morris Water Maze to study spatial navigation and ordered memory paradigms to study sequential and relational memory. Our current research projects incorporate structural neuroimaging and 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to relate behavioral data to underlying brain function. We currently have studies underway using normal aging populations, populations at risk for developing dementia, temporal lobe epilepsy, and other medical-surgical groups. An additional research interest that is currently being developed concerns educational and training applications of recent findings in the neuroscience of learning and memory.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Bauer is Board-Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology/American Board of Professional Psychology. He sees a broad range of adult neuropsychology clients, including known or suspected dementia, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke, neuropsychiatric illness, and other medical conditions. He also sees civil and criminal cases referred for forensic questions, such as personal injury determination, competency, sanity, and guardianship, and also offers expert witness services to attorneys.)

Teaching

Forensic Neuropsychology

Critical Thinking in Health Care

Cognitive Bases of Behavior

Introduction to Clinical Psychology: Professional Issues and Ethics

Practicum in Clinical Psychology

Advanced Practicum in Clinical Neuropsychology

Representative publications

Bauer, R.M. (2002). To Infinity and beyond: Neuropsychology in the 21st century. In Stringer, T., Cooley, E., & Christensen, A.-L. (Eds.), Pathways to Prominence: Reflections of 20th Century Neuropsychologists, pp. 267-295. New York: Psychology Press.

Browndyke, J.N., Moser, D.J., Cohen, R.A., O’Brien, D.J., Algina, J.J., Haynes, W.G., Staples, E.D., Alexander, J., Davies, L.K. & Bauer, R.M. (2002). Acute neuropsychological functioning following cardiosurgical interventions associated with the production of intraoperative cerebral microemboli. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 16, 463-471.

Bauer, R.M., Leritz, E., & Bowers, D. (2003). Research methods in neuropsychology. In J.A. Schinka, & W.F. Velicer (Eds.), Comprehensive Handbook of Psychology, Vol. 2: Research Methods in Psychology, pp. 289-322. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Bauer, R.M., Grande, L. & Valenstein, E. (2003). Amnesic disorders. In K.M. Heilman & E. Valenstein, (Eds.), Clinical Neuropsycholgy (4th Ed.), pp. 495-573. New York: Oxford University Press.

Leritz EC, Grande LJ, Bauer RM (2006). Temporal lobe epilepsy as a model to understand human memory: the distinction between explicit and implicit memory. Epilepsy Behav, 9, 1-13.

Curriculum Vitae

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