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Dean Delis

TitleSenate Emeritus
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentPsychiatry
Address9500 Gilman Drive #9116B
La Jolla CA 92093
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    Biography

    Dr. Delis is a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the UCSD School of Medicine, where he has been on the faculty since 1985. He was co-director of training in neuropsychology at UCSD from 1985 to 2010, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University from 1985 to 2011, and Director of the Psychological Assessment Unit at the San Diego V.A Medical Center from 1985 to 2010. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in California and Nevada, and board certified in clinical neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has served on the editorial boards of several prominent journals in neuropsychology and psychological assessment. He has published over 200 research articles, book chapters, books, and neuropsychological tests. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Teacher of the Year Award from the UCSD Psychology Internship Program (2010), and the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Neuropsychology Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology (2013).

    Research Interests

    Dr. Delis has conducted research on the nature of cognitive deficits in children and adults with various neurological or psychiatric disorders. His investigations have focused on the cerebral organization of spatial cognition, memory, and executive functions. He has also published 16 clinical neuropsychological tests for children and adults that are used nationally and internationally. His current research focus is on developing new, digital neuropsychological tests for tablet administration.

    Clinical Focus

    Dr. Delis currently conducts neuropsychological evaluations of children and adults with a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders.


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    1. Graves LV, Moreno CC, Seewald M, Holden HM, Van Etten EJ, Uttarwar V, McDonald CR, Delano-Wood L, Bondi MW, Woods SP, Delis D, Gilbert PE. Effects of Age and Gender on Recall and Recognition Discriminability. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2017 Dec 01; 32(8):972-979. PMID: 28334345.
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    2. Graves LV, Van Etten EJ, Holden HM, Delano-Wood L, Bondi MW, Corey-Bloom J, Delis D, Gilbert PE. Refining CVLT-II recognition discriminability indices to enhance the characterization of recognition memory changes in healthy aging. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2017 Aug 31; 1-16. PMID: 28857679.
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    3. Nation DA, Bondi MW, Gayles E, Delis D. Mechanisms of Memory Dysfunction during High Altitude Hypoxia Training in Military Aircrew. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2017 Jan; 23(1):1-10. PMID: 27923417.
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    4. Nichols SL, Chernoff MC, Malee KM, Sirois PA, Woods SP, Williams PL, Yildirim C, Delis D, Kammerer B. Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents With Perinatal HIV Infection and Perinatal HIV Exposure. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2016 Dec; 5(suppl 1):S15-S23. PMID: 27856672.
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    5. Graves LV, Holden HM, Delano-Wood L, Bondi MW, Woods SP, Corey-Bloom J, Salmon DP, Delis D, Gilbert PE. Total recognition discriminability in Huntington's and Alzheimer's disease. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2017 Mar; 39(2):120-130. PMID: 27441951.
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    6. Twamley EW, Thomas KR, Gregory AM, Jak AJ, Bondi MW, Delis D, Lohr JB. CogSMART Compensatory Cognitive Training for Traumatic Brain Injury: Effects Over 1 Year. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2015 Nov-Dec; 30(6):391-401. PMID: 25033034.
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    7. Twamley EW, Jak AJ, Delis D, Bondi MW, Lohr JB. Cognitive Symptom Management and Rehabilitation Therapy (CogSMART) for veterans with traumatic brain injury: pilot randomized controlled trial. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014; 51(1):59-70. PMID: 24805894.
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    8. Clark LR, Stricker NH, Libon DJ, Delano-Wood L, Salmon DP, Delis D, Bondi MW. Yes/no versus forced-choice recognition memory in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease: patterns of impairment and associations with dementia severity. Clin Neuropsychol. 2012; 26(7):1201-16. PMID: 23030301; PMCID: PMC3482270.
    9. Cattie JE, Woods SP, Arce M, Weber E, Delis D, Grant I. Construct validity of the item-specific deficit approach to the California verbal learning test (2nd Ed) in HIV infection. Clin Neuropsychol. 2012; 26(2):288-304. PMID: 22394206; PMCID: PMC3310968.
    10. Delano-Wood L, Stricker NH, Sorg SF, Nation DA, Jak AJ, Woods SP, Libon DJ, Delis D, Frank LR, Bondi MW. Posterior cingulum white matter disruption and its associations with verbal memory and stroke risk in mild cognitive impairment. J Alzheimers Dis. 2012; 29(3):589-603. PMID: 22466061; PMCID: PMC3341099.
    11. Clark LR, Schiehser DM, Weissberger GH, Salmon DP, Delis D, Bondi MW. Specific measures of executive function predict cognitive decline in older adults. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2012 Jan; 18(1):118-27. PMID: 22115028; PMCID: PMC3314335.
    12. Fine EM, Delis D, Holdnack J. Normative adjustments to the D-KEFS trail making test: corrections for education and vocabulary level. Clin Neuropsychol. 2011 Nov; 25(8):1331-44. PMID: 21951052.
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    13. Schiehser DM, Delis D, Filoteo JV, Delano-Wood L, Han SD, Jak AJ, Drake AI, Bondi MW. Are self-reported symptoms of executive dysfunction associated with objective executive function performance following mild to moderate traumatic brain injury? J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2011 Jul; 33(6):704-14. PMID: 21958432.
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    14. Savla GN, Twamley EW, Delis D, Roesch SC, Jeste DV, Palmer BW. Dimensions of executive functioning in schizophrenia and their relationship with processing speed. Schizophr Bull. 2012 Jun; 38(4):760-8. PMID: 21163899; PMCID: PMC3577045.
    15. Savla GN, Twamley EW, Thompson WK, Delis D, Jeste DV, Palmer BW. Evaluation of specific executive functioning skills and the processes underlying executive control in schizophrenia. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2011 Jan; 17(1):14-23. PMID: 21062522; PMCID: PMC3616491.
    16. Fine EM, Delis D, Paul BM, Filoteo JV. Reduced verbal fluency for proper names in nondemented patients with Parkinson's disease: a quantitative and qualitative analysis. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2011 Feb; 33(2):226-33. PMID: 20936559.
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    17. Reske M, Delis D, Paulus MP. Evidence for subtle verbal fluency deficits in occasional stimulant users: quick to play loose with verbal rules. J Psychiatr Res. 2011 Mar; 45(3):361-8. PMID: 20673916; PMCID: PMC3424267.
    18. Reske M, Eidt CA, Delis D, Paulus MP. Nondependent stimulant users of cocaine and prescription amphetamines show verbal learning and memory deficits. Biol Psychiatry. 2010 Oct 15; 68(8):762-9. PMID: 20605137; PMCID: PMC2949490.
    19. Bangen KJ, Jak AJ, Schiehser DM, Delano-Wood L, Tuminello E, Han SD, Delis D, Bondi MW. Complex activities of daily living vary by mild cognitive impairment subtype. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2010 Jul; 16(4):630-9. PMID: 20374675; PMCID: PMC2891154.
    20. Delis D. Edith Kaplan (1924-2009). Am Psychol. 2010 Feb-Mar; 65(2):127-8. PMID: 20141267.
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    21. Max JE, Bruce M, Keatley E, Delis D. Pediatric stroke: plasticity, vulnerability, and age of lesion onset. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2010; 22(1):30-9. PMID: 20160207.
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    22. Delis D, Fine EM, Stricker JL, Houston WS, Wetter SR, Cobell K, Jacobson MW, Salmon DP, Bondi MW. Comparison of the traditional recall-based versus a new list-based method for computing semantic clustering on the California Verbal Learning Test: evidence from Alzheimer's disease. Clin Neuropsychol. 2010 Jan; 24(1):70-9. PMID: 19894184; PMCID: PMC3084534.
    23. Kalkut EL, Han SD, Lansing AE, Holdnack JA, Delis D. Development of set-shifting ability from late childhood through early adulthood. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2009 Sep; 24(6):565-74. PMID: 19679594.
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    24. McGee CL, Delis D, Holdnack JA. Cognitive discrepancies in children at the ends of the bell curve: a note of caution for clinical interpretation. Clin Neuropsychol. 2009 Sep; 23(7):1160-72. PMID: 19629853.
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    25. Jak AJ, Bondi MW, Delano-Wood L, Wierenga C, Corey-Bloom J, Salmon DP, Delis D. Quantification of five neuropsychological approaches to defining mild cognitive impairment. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2009 May; 17(5):368-75. PMID: 19390294; PMCID: PMC2743175.
    26. Jacobson MW, Delis D, Peavy GM, Wetter SR, Bigler ED, Abildskov TJ, Bondi MW, Salmon DP. The emergence of cognitive discrepancies in preclinical Alzheimer's disease: a six-year case study. Neurocase. 2009 Aug; 15(4):278-93. PMID: 19382039; PMCID: PMC2875065.
    27. Fine EM, Delis D, Dean D, Beckman V, Miller BL, Rosen HJ, Kramer JH. Left frontal lobe contributions to concept formation: a quantitative MRI study of performance on the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System Sorting Test. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2009 Jul; 31(5):624-31. PMID: 19031322; PMCID: PMC2743528.
    28. Yochim BP, Baldo JV, Kane KD, Delis D. D-KEFS Tower Test performance in patients with lateral prefrontal cortex lesions: the importance of error monitoring. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2009 Aug; 31(6):658-63. PMID: 19031323.
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    29. Delano-Wood L, Bondi MW, Jak AJ, Horne NR, Schweinsburg BC, Frank LR, Wierenga CE, Delis D, Theilmann RJ, Salmon DP. Stroke risk modifies regional white matter differences in mild cognitive impairment. Neurobiol Aging. 2010 Oct; 31(10):1721-31. PMID: 19004528; PMCID: PMC2946939.
    30. Bloss CS, Delis D, Salmon DP, Bondi MW. Decreased cognition in children with risk factors for Alzheimer's disease. Biol Psychiatry. 2008 Nov 15; 64(10):904-6. PMID: 18722591; PMCID: PMC2607139.
    31. Bloss CS, Delis D, Salmon DP, Bondi MW. APOE genotype is associated with left-handedness and visuospatial skills in children. Neurobiol Aging. 2010 May; 31(5):787-95. PMID: 18606479; PMCID: PMC2865468.
    32. Fine EM, Delis D, Wetter SR, Jacobson MW, Jak AJ, McDonald CR, Braga JC, Thal LJ, Salmon DP, Bondi MW. Cognitive discrepancies versus APOE genotype as predictors of cognitive decline in normal-functioning elderly individuals: a longitudinal study. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2008 May; 16(5):366-74. PMID: 18448849; PMCID: PMC3050584.
    33. Fine EM, Delis D, Wetter SR, Jacobson MW, Hamilton JM, Peavy G, Goldstein J, McDonald C, Corey-Bloom J, Bondi MW, Salmon DP. Identifying the "source" of recognition memory deficits in patients with Huntington's disease or Alzheimer's disease: evidence from the CVLT-II. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2008 May; 30(4):463-70. PMID: 18415887; PMCID: PMC2864091.
    34. Bondi MW, Jak AJ, Delano-Wood L, Jacobson MW, Delis D, Salmon DP. Neuropsychological contributions to the early identification of Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychol Rev. 2008 Mar; 18(1):73-90. PMID: 18347989; PMCID: PMC2882236.
    35. Carey CL, Woods SP, Damon J, Halabi C, Dean D, Delis D, Miller BL, Kramer JH. Discriminant validity and neuroanatomical correlates of rule monitoring in frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychologia. 2008 Mar 07; 46(4):1081-7. PMID: 18093623.
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    36. McDonald CR, Delis D, Kramer JH, Tecoma ES, Iragui VJ. A componential analysis of proverb interpretation in patients with frontal lobe epilepsy and temporal lobe epilepsy: relationships with disease-related factors. Clin Neuropsychol. 2008 May; 22(3):480-96. PMID: 17853125.
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    37. Yochim B, Baldo J, Nelson A, Delis D. D-KEFS Trail Making Test performance in patients with lateral prefrontal cortex lesions. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2007 Jul; 13(4):704-9. PMID: 17521488.
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    38. Delis D, Wetter SR. Cogniform Disorder and Cogniform Condition: proposed diagnoses for excessive cognitive symptoms. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2007 Jun; 22(5):589-604. PMID: 17485192.
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    39. Kramer JH, Quitania L, Dean D, Neuhaus J, Rosen HJ, Halabi C, Weiner MW, Magnotta VA, Delis D, Miller BL. Magnetic resonance imaging correlates of set shifting. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2007 May; 13(3):386-92. PMID: 17445286; PMCID: PMC2443737.
    40. Han SD, Drake AI, Cessante LM, Jak AJ, Houston WS, Delis D, Filoteo JV, Bondi MW. Apolipoprotein E and traumatic brain injury in a military population: evidence of a neuropsychological compensatory mechanism? J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2007 Oct; 78(10):1103-8. PMID: 17287237; PMCID: PMC2117544.
    41. Wetter SR, Delis D, Houston WS, Jacobson MW, Lansing A, Cobell K, Salmon DP, Bondi MW. Heterogeneity in verbal memory: a marker of preclinical Alzheimer's disease? Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2006 Sep-Dec; 13(3-4):503-15. PMID: 16887786.
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    42. Woods SP, Delis D, Scott JC, Kramer JH, Holdnack JA. The California Verbal Learning Test--second edition: test-retest reliability, practice effects, and reliable change indices for the standard and alternate forms. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2006 Aug; 21(5):413-20. PMID: 16843636.
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    43. Huh TJ, Kramer JH, Gazzaley A, Delis D. Response bias and aging on a recognition memory task. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2006 Jan; 12(1):1-7. PMID: 16433938.
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    44. Nagel BJ, Delis D, Palmer SL, Reeves C, Gajjar A, Mulhern RK. Early patterns of verbal memory impairment in children treated for medulloblastoma. Neuropsychology. 2006 Jan; 20(1):105-12. PMID: 16460226.
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    45. Wetter SR, Delis D, Houston WS, Jacobson MW, Lansing A, Cobell K, Salmon DP, Bondi MW. Deficits in inhibition and flexibility are associated with the APOE-E4 allele in nondemented older adults. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2005 Nov; 27(8):943-52. PMID: 16207619.
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    46. Jacobson MW, Delis D, Lansing A, Houston W, Olsen R, Wetter S, Bondi MW, Salmon DP. Asymmetries in global-local processing ability in elderly people with the apolipoprotein e-epsilon4 allele. Neuropsychology. 2005 Nov; 19(6):822-9. PMID: 16351358.
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    47. McDonald CR, Delis D, Norman MA, Tecoma ES, Iragui VJ. Discriminating patients with frontal-lobe epilepsy and temporal-lobe epilepsy: utility of a multilevel design fluency test. Neuropsychology. 2005 Nov; 19(6):806-13. PMID: 16351356.
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    48. Kramer JH, Rosen HJ, Du AT, Schuff N, Hollnagel C, Weiner MW, Miller BL, Delis D. Dissociations in hippocampal and frontal contributions to episodic memory performance. Neuropsychology. 2005 Nov; 19(6):799-805. PMID: 16351355; PMCID: PMC1851935.
    49. Houston WS, Delis D, Lansing A, Jacobson MW, Cobell KR, Salmon DP, Bondi MW. Executive function asymmetry in older adults genetically at-risk for Alzheimer's disease: verbal versus design fluency. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2005 Nov; 11(7):863-70. PMID: 16519265.
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    50. Delis D, Wetter SR, Jacobson MW, Peavy G, Hamilton J, Gongvatana A, Kramer JH, Bondi MW, Corey-Bloom J, Salmon DP. Recall discriminability: utility of a new CVLT-II measure in the differential diagnosis of dementia. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2005 Oct; 11(6):708-15. PMID: 16248906.
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    51. McDonald CR, Delis D, Norman MA, Wetter SR, Tecoma ES, Iragui VJ. Response inhibition and set shifting in patients with frontal lobe epilepsy or temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2005 Nov; 7(3):438-46. PMID: 16091308.
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    52. McDonald CR, Delis D, Norman MA, Tecoma ES, Iragui-Madozi VI. Is impairment in set-shifting specific to frontal-lobe dysfunction? Evidence from patients with frontal-lobe or temporal-lobe epilepsy. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2005 Jul; 11(4):477-81. PMID: 16209428.
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    53. Keil K, Baldo J, Kaplan E, Kramer J, Delis D. Role of frontal cortex in inferential reasoning: evidence from the word context test. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2005 Jul; 11(4):426-33. PMID: 16209423.
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    54. Wecker NS, Kramer JH, Hallam BJ, Delis D. Mental flexibility: age effects on switching. Neuropsychology. 2005 May; 19(3):345-52. PMID: 15910120.
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    55. Jacobson MW, Delis D, Bondi MW, Salmon DP. Asymmetry in auditory and spatial attention span in normal elderly genetically at risk for Alzheimer's disease. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2005 Feb; 27(2):240-53. PMID: 15903153; PMCID: PMC3080769.
    56. Kleinhans N, Akshoomoff N, Delis D. Executive functions in autism and Asperger's disorder: flexibility, fluency, and inhibition. Dev Neuropsychol. 2005; 27(3):379-401. PMID: 15843103.
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    57. Hamilton JM, Salmon DP, Galasko D, Delis D, Hansen LA, Masliah E, Thomas RG, Thal LJ. A comparison of episodic memory deficits in neuropathologically-confirmed Dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer's disease. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2004 Sep; 10(5):689-97. PMID: 15327716.
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    58. Lansing AE, Max JE, Delis D, Fox PT, Lancaster J, Manes FF, Schatz A. Verbal learning and memory after childhood stroke. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2004 Sep; 10(5):742-52. PMID: 15327721.
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    59. Holdnack JA, Delis D. Parsing the recognition memory components of the WMS-III face memory subtest: normative data and clinical findings in dementia groups. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2004 Jun; 26(4):459-83. PMID: 15512935.
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    60. Cato MA, Delis D, Abildskov TJ, Bigler E. Assessing the elusive cognitive deficits associated with ventromedial prefrontal damage: a case of a modern-day Phineas Gage. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2004 May; 10(3):453-65. PMID: 15147602.
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    61. Baldo JV, Delis D, Wilkins DP, Shimamura AP. Is it bigger than a breadbox? Performance of patients with prefrontal lesions on a new executive function test. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2004 Apr; 19(3):407-19. PMID: 15033225.
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    62. Delis D, Kramer JH, Kaplan E, Holdnack J. Reliability and validity of the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System: an update. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2004 Mar; 10(2):301-3. PMID: 15012851.
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    63. Nichols S, Jones W, Roman MJ, Wulfeck B, Delis D, Reilly J, Bellugi U. Mechanisms of verbal memory impairment in four neurodevelopmental disorders. Brain Lang. 2004 Feb; 88(2):180-9. PMID: 14965540.
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    64. Delis D, Jacobson M, Bondi MW, Hamilton JM, Salmon DP. The myth of testing construct validity using factor analysis or correlations with normal or mixed clinical populations: lessons from memory assessment. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2003 Sep; 9(6):936-46. PMID: 14632252.
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    65. Bondi MW, Houston WS, Salmon DP, Corey-Bloom J, Katzman R, Thal LJ, Delis D. Neuropsychological deficits associated with Alzheimer's disease in the very-old: discrepancies in raw vs. standardized scores. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2003 Jul; 9(5):783-95. PMID: 12901784; PMCID: PMC1621043.
    66. Kramer JH, Yaffe K, Lengenfelder J, Delis D. Age and gender interactions on verbal memory performance. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2003 Jan; 9(1):97-102. PMID: 12570363.
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    67. Lange KL, Bondi MW, Salmon DP, Galasko D, Delis D, Thomas RG, Thal LJ. Decline in verbal memory during preclinical Alzheimer's disease: examination of the effect of APOE genotype. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2002 Nov; 8(7):943-55. PMID: 12405546; PMCID: PMC1621042.
    68. Bondi MW, Serody AB, Chan AS, Eberson-Shumate SC, Delis D, Hansen LA, Salmon DP. Cognitive and neuropathologic correlates of Stroop Color-Word Test performance in Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychology. 2002 Jul; 16(3):335-43. PMID: 12146681.
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    69. Baldo JV, Delis D, Kramer J, Shimamura AP. Memory performance on the California Verbal Learning Test-II: findings from patients with focal frontal lesions. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2002 May; 8(4):539-46. PMID: 12030307.
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    70. Jacobson MW, Delis D, Bondi MW, Salmon DP. Do neuropsychological tests detect preclinical Alzheimer's disease: individual-test versus cognitive-discrepancy score analyses. Neuropsychology. 2002 Apr; 16(2):132-9. PMID: 11949704.
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    71. Stricker JL, Brown GG, Wixted J, Baldo JV, Delis D. New semantic and serial clustering indices for the California Verbal Learning Test-Second Edition: background, rationale, and formulae. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2002 Mar; 8(3):425-35. PMID: 11939700.
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