Ralph Benedict, Ph.D.
Ralph Benedict, Ph.D., is a professor of neurology with tenure at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY) with adjunct appointments in the SUNY Buffalo departments of psychology and psychiatry. He is director of the clinical neuropsychology program at and provides neuropsychological services for Jacobs Multiple Sclerosis Center and the UB Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Clinic.
Dr. Benedict received his psychology degree in 1984 from the Ohio State University and in 1990 he received a PhD in clinical psychology from the Arizona State University. He completed a neuropsychology residency and fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1992. He was then recruited to SUNY Buffalo and began research in the areas of vascular dementia, neuroscience of attention mechanisms and personality traits. Over the past 15 years he shifted his efforts to multiple sclerosis. Dr. Benedict has authored more than 180 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Benedict 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 National MS Society. He is perhaps best known as the creator of 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 developed the Minimal Assessment of Cognitive Function in MS (MACFIMS). He is currently pursuing research studies on dementia and personality changes in multiple sclerosis (MS), and therapeutic interventions, including medication strategies for cognitive disorders in MS patients.