Dr. Chelune joined the University of Utah in 2006 as a Professor of Neurology where he is the Senior Neuropsychologist in the Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research. He is also a member of the faculty of the Brain Institute, Center on Aging, and Department of Psychology. Active in the field of clinical neuropsychology for more than 30 years, Dr. Chelune is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Psychological Association in the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology and the Society for Personality Assessment, and has served as President of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Psychological Association, and is currently the Treasurer of the International Neuropsychological Society. He enjoys travel and “good” sushi, and since coming to Utah he has taken up downhill skiing, scuba diving, and has become an avid hiker.
Dr. Chelune is interested in cognitive and behavioral disorders associated with known or suspected neurological conditions such as neurodegenerative disease, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. He is particularly interested in memory disorders and deficits of higher executive function, and has been actively involved in test development and standardization.
Dr. Chelune’s research spans several areas but has focused primarily on longitudinal assessment and methods of measuring reliable change in outcomes research and cognitive aging, cognitive assessment methods, and memory disorders. He is currently developing methods for assessing trajectories of cognitive change over time as a potential biomarker of neurologic integrity for the early detection of dementia.