Meet our staff
R. Bruce Parkinson
VCU Health: NOW Center
11958 W. Broad Street
Henrico, Virginia 23233
“A neurological disease can affect a person’s ability to think or how they feel, and these changes can be disorienting and distressing. Helping a person better understand the cognitive and emotional effects of their disease through our specialized testing can often be a valuable step in helping them cope with these challenges, and can also help their doctors determine appropriate treatments. It is my privilege to work with patients and their families during this process, and I am inspired by the many fine people I meet who persevere despite difficult circumstances. ”
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology, Benton Neuropsychology Lab, Department of Neurology, University of Iowa
- Internship in Clinical Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham Psychology Internship Training Consortium
- Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology Track, University of Florida
- M.S. in Psychology, Neuropsychology Track, Brigham Young University
- B.A. in Linguistics, Teaching English as a Second Language and International Relations minors, Brigham Young University
- Virginia Psychology License
My primary role is to provide neuropsychological evaluations for patients with movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease. I also conduct evaluations for patients with other neurological conditions, including epilepsy, dementia, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases. The aim of these evaluations is to help the patient, their family, and their doctors better understand how their disease may be affecting their cognitive (i.e., memory and other thinking skills) and emotional functioning, and to make recommendations for treatment.
International Neuropsychological Society (INS)
Recent professional achievements
J. Hillis Miller Presidential Fellowship, University of Florida (2001 - 2005)
- Davis, J. J., Walter, K. H., Chard, K. M., Parkinson, R. B. & Houston, W. S. (2013). Treatment adherence in cognitive processing therapy for combat-related PTSD with history of mild TBI. Rehabilitation Psychology, 58(1), 36-42.
- Chard, K. M., Schumm, J. A., McIlvain, S. M., Bailey, G. W. & Parkinson, R. B. (2011). Exploring the efficacy of a residential treatment program incorporating cognitive processing therapy-cognitive for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24(3), 347-351.
- Parkinson, R. B., Raymer, A., Chang, Y-L., FitzGerald, D. B. & Crosson, B. (2009). Lesion characteristics related to treatment improvement in object and action naming for patients with chronic aphasia. Brain and Language, 110, 75-84.
- Crosson, B., Gonzalez Rothi, L. J., Singletary, F., Cato, M. A., Wierenga, C. E., Parkinson, R. B., Sherod, M. E., Moore, A. B., Ciampitti, M., Holiway, B., Leon, S., Rodriguez, A., Kendall, D. L., Levy, I. F. & Fabrizio, K. S. (2007). Treatment of naming in nonfluent aphasia through manipulation of intention and attention: A phase 1 comparison of two novel treatments. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13 (4), 582-594.
- Bergeson, A. G., Lundin, R., Parkinson, R. B., Tate, D. F., Victoroff, J., Hopkins, R. O. & Bigler, E. D. (2004). Clinical rating of cortical atrophy and cognitive correlates following traumatic brain injury. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 18, 509-520.
- Parkinson, R. B., Hopkins, R. O., Cleavinger, H. B., Weaver, L. K., Victoroff, J, Foley, J. & Bigler, E. D. (2002). White matter hyperintensities and neuropsychological outcome following carbon monoxide poisoning. Neurology, 58, 1525 – 32.