Dr. Glenn E. Smith, the Elizabeth Faulk Professor and chair of the department of clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award from the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology.
The award honors members who have made a distinguished contribution to the academy or board, as well as to the greater field of neuropsychology through teaching, research, clinical and/or leadership efforts, and who have shown their commitment through exemplary service to the academy and the profession.
An internationally recognized neuropsychologist and dementia researcher, Dr. Smith joined the UF faculty in August 2015. Before that, he spent 25 years at the Mayo Clinic where his dementia research focused on early diagnosis, outcomes, depression, behavioral issues and successful cognitive aging. His research led to the development of the Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Action to Benefit Thinking and Independence, a 10-day, 50-hour intensive program for people with mild cognitive impairment. The program combines physical and mental exercise, memory compensation training and patient and caregiver education and support. Studies by Dr. Smith and his team have shown the program helps people in early stages of Alzheimer’s disease maintain their functional independence. He has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1993.
Dr. Smith has mentored 32 research fellows in his career and has served as president, vice president and examiner for the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, and as chair of the Clinical Neuropsychology Synarchy. He has served as a member and scientific program chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Smith will be recognized at the annual American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology conference in June in Chicago.