Ralph H.B. Benedict, PhD, is a professor of Neurology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at SUNY Buffalo. He completed a PhD in psychology in 1990 from Arizona State University and post-doctoral training at the John Hopkins School of Medicine.
Dr. Benedict is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist. He has extensive training and experience in the assessment and management of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is the author of 2 widely used neuropsychological tests, the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test Revised and the Brief Visuospatial Memory Test Revised. He also developed the MS Neuropsychological Screening Questionnaire (MSNQ), a widely used screening test of MS cognitive disorder. He has served as a consultant to several national and international organizations dedicated to peer-reviewed symposia on MS and cognitive impairment, or consensus opinions on clinical matters related to MS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Charcot Foundation, Consortium of MS Centers, National MS Society, and American Academy of Neurology). Dr. Benedict is currently pursuing research studies on quantitative MRI findings in MS and their relationship with personality, cognition, and neuropsychiatric disorders. His current interests also concentrate on the development of new measures of processing speed of memory and work capacity. Currently, he is the Director of Neuropsychological Services for the Department of Neurology for the School of Biomedical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Jeta Pol, MS completed her bachelors in Psychology and her masters in Clinical Psychology from Rivier University. She currently works as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Ralph Benedict and is leading two research projects: Effects of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone on Recovery from Cognitive Relapses in MS and Role of Cognitive Dysfunction in Defining MS Relapses and Freedom from Disease Activity. She is also responsible for preparing and processing documentation through the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Jeta hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Faizan Yasin, MD is an International Medical Graduate, having passed the USMLE exams and being ECFMG certified. He completed a MBBS from Shifa College of Medicine in Pakistan. He has also worked as an extern and observer at various medical centers and university hospitals in US, including Baylor, Rush, Methodist, Detroit Medical Center and Wayne state University. His is current interests include the role of cognitive dysfunction in defining multiple sclerosis relapse, and functional connectivity moderators of the association between structural damage and cognitive deficits after rehabilitation.
Tom Fuchs, BS received his BS in Integrative Neuroscience from Binghamton University. He is currently an MD/PhD student, completing his PhD in the Neuroscience graduate program at the University at Buffalo. He is investigating personality and the neuropsychological impact of changing neuronal networks in multiple sclerosis. Tom also has a previous research background in the cellular development of the brain reward system and behavioral pharmacology of alcoholism and addiction.
Michael Jaworski is an undergraduate student at the University at Buffalo, majoring in Psychology. He currently works as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Ralph Benedict. His responsibilities include testing research participants, scoring of neuropsychological tests, data entry, and recruitment. After graduating , Michael will pursue further education in Medicine.
Curtis Wojcik, BA received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He works as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Ralph Benedict. Currently, he is leading projects on the impact of technician on computer based cognitive testing, and predictors of longitudinal changes in processing speed for patients with multiple sclerosis. Curtis is primarily responsible for database management and analysis, neuropsychological testing, and recruitment of research participants. He hopes to pursue his PhD in cognitive psychology.
Breana Cline, BA completed her bachelors in Psychology, with a minor in Forensic Science from Hilbert College. She is a MA Student at St. Bonaventure University, completing a Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree. She is currently working as a psychometrician under the supervision of Dr. Benedict. Breana primarily works in Dr. Benedict’s clinic where she performs neuropsychological assessments and scores the results. She is involved in a variety of projects, particularly the Multiple Sclerosis and Vocational Accommodation study.