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Dr. Robert Paul is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Rob received his Masters Degree and PhD in Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He then went on to complete a Clinical Psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University Medical School in the Clinical Psychology Internship Training Consortium. Rob served as a faculty member at Brown Medical School and as adjunct faculty at Bryant University before coming to St. Louis. Rob is here with us today to tell us about his journey through life and science.
Rob’s research program is focused on understanding the impact of subcortical brain systems on cognitive and affective behavior. Dr. Paul has published more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and two edited books and his research is supported by grant funding from the National Institutes of Health. Recently his work has focused on two conditions that provide opportunities to study subcortical brain systems, including subcortical ischemic vascular disease (SIVD) associated with advanced age, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The neuropathology of SIVD and HIV predominately involves both white matter and subcortical gray matter structures. His research studies typically incorporate neuropsychological tests to examine behavioral indices of brain function. These tests are weighted towards domains of function subserved by subcortical brain systems (e.g., information processing speed). Dr. Paul’s research program has also increasingly incorporated structural neuroimaging to explore the neuronal integrity of brain systems. The neuroimaging aspects of his research program are conducted in collaboration with co-investigators based at Washington University School of Medicine.