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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Photo: Bruno Giordani, Ph.D.

Bruno Giordani, Ph.D.

Contact Information


Primary Programs/Services:


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical and Research Neuropsychology. Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical Center and Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Health Science Training Fellowship. Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical Center and Ann Arbor Veteran's Administration (VAMC) Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI
  • NIH (NINCDS) Training Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology and Neuroscience. Department of Neurology, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA
  • Clinical Psychology Internship: Department of Psychiatry, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA (American Psychological Association accreditation)
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; M.A., Ph.D. (clinical psychology & psychophysiology, American Psychological Association accreditation)
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; A.B. (Graduated with Highest Distinction)

Clinical Interest:

  • Clinical neuropsychological and psychological evaluation of children and adults with emphasis on learning and attention disabilities and cognitive impairment associated with neurological disorders and problems such as attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, psychiatric disturbance, and developmental motor problems

Research Interest:

  • Cross-cultural issues in developmental lifespan neuropsychology and assessment
  • Cognitive enhancement through pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches (e.g., computerized cognitive training, exercise)
  • Neuropharmacological challenges and drug trials in national and international settings
  • Cognitive factors associated with mobility difficulties in older individuals and patients with dementia and clumsiness in young children
  • Identification of early cognitive impairment as revealed by novel approaches to neuropsychological assessment and neuroimaging

Academic Appointment:

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology
  • University of Michigan Faculty Ombuds
  • Chief Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry
  • Associate Director, Michigan Alzheimer''s Disease Center

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Giordani B, Persad C. Neuropsychological influences on gait in the elderly. In J Hausdorff, N Alexander (Eds), Gait Disorders – Evaluation and Management. Florida: Taylor & Francis Group, 2005, 117-142
  • Starkman MN, Giordani B, Gebarski SS, Schteingart DE. Improvement in mood and ideation associated with increase in right caudate volume. Journal of Affective Disorders 101(1-3):139-147, 2007
  • Boivin MJ, Giordani B. Neuropsychological assessment of African children: Evidence for a universal basis to cognitive ability. In JY Chiao (ed.) Cultural neuroscience: Cultural influences on Brain Function. Progress in Brain Research Series. New York: Elsevier Publications, 2009, 78, 113-135
  • Boivin MJ, Busman RA, Parikh SM, Bangirana P, Page CF, Opoka RO, Giordani B. A pilot study of the neuropsychological benefits of computerized cognitive rehabilitation in Ugandan children with HIV. Neuropsychology 24(5):667-673, 2010
  • Giordani B, Hodges EK, Guire KE, Ruzicka DL, Dillon JE, Weatherly RA, Garetz SL, Chervin RD. Changes in Neuropsychological and Behavioral Functioning in Children with and without Obstructive Sleep Apnea following Tonsillectomy. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18, 1–11, 2012
  • Pressler SJ, Therrien B, Riley PL, Chou C-C, Ronis DL, Koelling TM, Smith D, Sullivan BJ, Frankini A-M, Giordani B. Nurse Enhanced Memory Intervention in Heart Failure: the MEMIOR Study. Journal of Cardiac Failure, 17(10), 832-43, 2011
  • Hammers D, Spurgeon E, Ryan K, Persad C, Barbas N,Heidebrink J, Darby D, Giordani B. Validity of a brief computerized cognitive screening test in dementia. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. 25(2):89-99, 2012
  • Ryan KA, Weldon A, Persad C, Heidebrink JH, Barbas N, Giordani B. Neuropsychiatric Symptoms and Executive Functioning in Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment: Relationship to Caregiver Burden. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 34:206-215, 2012
  • Berent S, Giordani B, Albers JW, Gararbrant DH, Cohen SS, Garrison RP, Richardson RJ. Effects of occupational exposure to chlorpyrifos on neuropsychological function: A prospective longitudinal study. NeuroToxicology. 41:44-53, 2014