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David W. Loring, PhD

Department of Neurology


David W. Loring is Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, and is the Director of Neuropsychology in the Neurology Department.   He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Houston and did his post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine.  Prior to his current appointment at Emory University, he held faculty appointments in the Section of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Neurology at the Medical College of Georgia, Department of Neurology at Georgetown University, and Departments of Neurology and Clinical & Health Psychology at the University of Florida.   

Dr. Loring is Board Certified in neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology/American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Epilepsy Society. He has served an advisory role for a number of professional and research societies, including the Board of Governors for the International Neuropsychological Society, the Professional Advisory Board for the Epilepsy Foundation, and the NINDS Epilepsy Common Data Elements project.  He is a currently an Associate Editor for Epilepsia, and along with Stephen Bowden, Editor-in-Chief for Neuropsychology Review.  

Dr. Loring was the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Neuropsychology Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the 2014 recipient of the Rebecca Goldberg Kaufman Ethical Neuropsychiatry Award from the American Epilepsy Society.  He presently serves as the Neuropsychology Lead for the Georgia Memory Net, a statewide program dedicated to the accurate diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias across Georgia.  His clinical research interests include treatment effects on cognitive and behavioral aspects of epilepsy, with general clinical interests in neuropsychological performance across the lifespan.  Dr. Loring is a co-investigator for the National Neuropsychology Network (NNN), an NIH funded initiative designed to streamline, modernize, and clinically validate neuropsychological techniques based upon modern technology and psychometric methods.

His books include Amobarbital Effects on Lateralized Brain Function: The Wada Test, editing the INS Dictionary of Neuropsychology and Clinical Neurosciences, and co-authorship of Neuropsychological Assessment (4th Edition).  He joined the Emory faculty in 2008.  

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