Dr. Robert Paul obtained his Ph.D. in Biological Psychology from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. He concurrently completed a re-specialization program in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University and subsequently completed a clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at Brown Medical School.
Dr. Paul's research program is largely focused on understanding the contribution of subcortical brain systems to cognitive and affective behavior. 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.