Brandon E. Gavett, PhD, ABPP

Brandon E. Gavett, PhD, ABPP

Brandon E. Gavett, PhD, ABPP

Associate Professor

Professional Summary

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Professor Gavett is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY. He completed his internship in Clinical Psychology with a major rotation in Clinical Neuropsychology at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT. He also completed a two-year fellowship in Neuropsychology at the Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center in Boston, MA. Prior to joining the UCCS Psychology Department, Dr. Gavett was an Instructor of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of Neuropsychology at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy in Boston, MA. At UCCS, Dr. Gavett provides clinical supervision in neuropsychology to graduate students at the UCCS Aging Center and teaches a graduate course in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Dr. Gavett's research employs advanced psychometrics to measure changes in cognition over time for the purposes of understanding cognitive aging and neurodegenerative diseases (especially Alzheimer's disease), and how cognitive aging processes unfold in ethnically and racially diverse populations. His research interests also include neuropsychological test validity, differential diagnosis, and clinical decision-making. Dr. Gavett is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) of the APA, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He serves as a member of the Publications Committee of the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) and previously served on NAN's Education Committee and the Ethics Subcommittee of the APA Division 40 Public Interest Advisory Committee.

Dr. Gavett is on the Editorial Board of Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Neuropsychology Review, and Developmental Neuropsychology.


PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Albany, State University f New York, 2007

Areas of Interest

Clinical neuropsychology; cognitive aging; advanced psychometric methods (including item response theory and other approaches to latent variable modeling); Alzheimer's disease; cross-cultural neuropsychology; forensic neuropsychology.


PSY 2100 - Introduction to Psychology Statistics
PSY 3650 - Clinical Neuropsychology
PSY 5810 - Research Statistics and Methodology I
PSY 5860 - Reproducible Research
PSY 6480 - Selected Topics in Psychology: Clinical Neuroanatomy
PSY 6860 - Cognitive Assessment
PSY 6870 - Clinical Neuropsychology
PSY 6880 - Clinical Neuropsychology Laboratory


Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology
American Board of Professional Psychology

Representative Publications

Griffin, J. W., John, S. E., Adams, J. W., Bussell, C. A., Saurman, J. L., & Gavett, B. E. (in press). The effects of age on the learning and forgetting of primacy, middle, and recency components of a multi-trial word list. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

Gurnani, A. S. & Gavett, B. E. (in press). The differential effects of Alzheimer's disease and Lewy Body pathology on cognitive performance: A meta-analysis. Neuropsychology Review.

John, S. E., Gurnani, A. S., Bussell, C. A., Saurman, J. L., Griffin, J. W., & Gavett, B. E. (2016). The effectiveness and unique contribution of neuropsychological tests and the d latent dementia phenotype in the differential diagnosis of dementia in the Uniform Data Set. Neuropsychology30, 946-960. PMID: 27797542

Zhao, R., John, S. E., Karas, S., Bussell, C. A., Roberts, J., Six, D., Gavett, B. E., & Yue, C. (2016). The highly insidious extreme phishing attacks. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Communication and Networks (ICCCN), 7568582.

Gavett, B. E., Gurnani, A. S., Saurman, J. L., Chapman, K. R., Steinberg, E. G., Martin, B., Chaisson, C. E., Mez, J., Tripodis, Y., & Stern, R. A. (2016). Practice effects on story memory and list learning tests in the neuropsychological assessment of older adults. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0164492doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164492

Stern, R. A., Abularach, L. M., Seichepine, D. R., Alosco, M. L., Gavett, B. E., & Tripodis, Y. (2016). Office-based assessment of driving in older adults with and without cognitive impairment. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology29, 352-360. PMID: 27647790

Torrence, N. D., John, S. E., Gavett, B. E., & O'Bryant, S. E. (2016). An empirical comparison of competing factor structures for the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status: A Project FRONTIER study. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology31, 88-96. PMID: 26429558

Gavett, B. E., John, S. E., Gurnani, A. S., Bussell, C. A., & Saurman, J. L. (2016). The role of Alzheimer's and cerebrovascular pathology in mediating the effects of age, race, and apolipoprotein E genotype on dementia severity in pathologically confirmed Alzheimer's disease. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 49, 531-545. PMID: 26444761

Gavett, B. E., Ashendorf, L., & Gurnani, A. S. (2015). Reliable change on neuropsychological tests in the Uniform Data Set. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society21, 558-567. PMID: 26234918

Mueller, A. E., Segal, D. L., Gavett, B. E., Marty, M. A., Yochim, B., June, A., & Coolidge, F. L. (2015). Geriatric Anxiety Scale: Item response theory analysis, differential item functioning, and creation of 10-item short form (GAS-10). International Psychogeriatrics27, 1099-1111. PMID: 24576589

Jahn, D., Dressel, J., Gavett, B. E., & O'Bryant, S. E. (2015). An item response theory analysis of the Executive Interview and development of the EXIT8: A Project FRONTIER Study. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology37, 229-242. PMID: 25748691

Gurnani, A. S., John, S. E., & Gavett B. E. (2015). Regression based norms for a bi-factor model for scoring The Brief Test of Adult Cognition by Telephone (BTACT). Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology30, 280-291. PMID: 25724515

Gavett, B. E., Vudy, V., Jeffrey, M., John, S. E., Gurnani, A. S., & Adams, J. W. (2015). The d latent dementia phenotype in the Uniform Data Set: Cross-validation and extension. Neuropsychology29, 344-352. PMID: 25151112

Gavett, B. E. (2015). The value of Bayes' theorem for interpreting abnormal test scores in cognitively healthy and clinical samples. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society21, 249-257. PMID: 25784058

Ashendorf, L., Horwitz, J. E., & Gavett, B. E. (2015). Abbreviating the Finger Tapping Test. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology30, 99-104. PMID: 25564134

Mandelblatt, J. S., Stern, R. A., Luta, G., McGuckin, M., Clapp, J. D., Hurria, A., Jacobsen, P. B., Faul, L. A., Isaacs, C., Denduluri, N., Gavett, B. E., Traina, T. A., Johnson, P., Silliman, R. A., Turner, R. S., Howard, D., VanMeter, J. W., Saykin, A., & Ahles, T. (2014). Cognitive impairments in older breast cancer patients prior to systemic therapy: Is there an interaction between cancer and comorbidity? Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32, 1909-1918. PMID: 24841981
Silk-Eglit, G. M., Stenclik, J. H., Gavett, B. E., Adams, J. W., Lynch, J. K., & McCaffrey, R. J. (2014). Base rate of performance invalidity among non-clinical undergraduate examinees. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 29, 415-421.PMID: 25034265

Seichepine, D. R., Stamm, J. M., Daneshvar, D. H., Riley, D. O., Baugh, C. M., Gavett, B. E., Tripodis, Y., Martin, B., Chaisson, C., McKee, A. C., Cantu, R. C., Nowinski, C. J., & Stern, R. A. (2013). Profile of self-reported problems with executive functioning in college and professional football players. Journal of Neurotrauma30, 1299-1304. PMID: 23421745

Gavett, B. E., Crane, P. K., & Dams-O'Connor, K. (2013). Bi-factor analyses of the Brief Test of Adult Cognition by Telephone. NeuroRehabilitation32, 253-265. PMID: 23535786

Gavett, B. E. & Stern, R. A. (2012). Dementia has a categorical, not dimensional, latent structure. Psychology and Aging27, 791-797. PMID: 22962922

Baugh, C.M., Stamm, J.M., Riley, D.O., Gavett, B.E., Shenton, M.E., Lin, A., Nowinski, C.J., Cantu, R. C., McKee, A. C., & Stern, R.A. (2012). Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: Neurodegeneration following repetitive concussive and subconcussive brain trauma. Brain Imaging and Behavior6, 244-254. PMID: 22552850

Gavett, B. E., Lou, K. R., Daneshvar, D. H., Green, R. C., Jefferson, A. L., & Stern, R. A. (2012). Diagnostic accuracy statistics for seven Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB) test variables in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 19, 108-115. PMID: 23373577

Gavett BE, Horwitz JE. (2012). Immediate list recall as a measure of short-tem episodic memory: Insights from the serial position effect and item response theory. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology27, 125-135. PMID: 22138320

Gavett BE, Cantu RC, Shenton M, Lin AP, Nowinski CJ, McKee AC, Stern RA. (2011). Clinical appraisal of chronic traumatic encephalopathy: current perspectives and future directions. Current Opinion in Neurology24, 525-531. PMID: 22045219

Gavett BE, Stern RA, McKee AC. (2011). Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: A potential late effect of sport-related concussive and subconcussive head trauma. Clinics in Sports Medicine30, 179-188. PMID: 21074091

McKee AC, Gavett BE, Stern RA, Nowinski CJ, Cantu RC, Kowall NW, Perl DP, Hedley-Whyte ET, Price B, Sullivan C, Morin P, Lee H, Kubilus CA, Danshevar DH, Wulff M, Budson AE. (2010). TDP-43 proteinopathy and motor neuron disease in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol69, 918-929. PMID: 20720505

Gavett BE, Stern RA, Cantu RC, Nowinski CJ, McKee AC. (2010) Mild traumatic brain injury: A risk factor for neurodegeneration. Alzheimer's Research & Therapy2, 18-20. PMID: 20587081

Gavett BE, Ozonoff A, Doktor V, Palmisano J, Nair AK, Green RC, Jefferson AL, Stern RA. (2010). Predicting cognitive decline and conversion to Alzheimer's disease in older adults using the NAB List Learning test. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society16, 651-660. PMID: 20374677

Eggermont LHP, Gavett BE, Volkers KM, Blankevoort CG, Scherder EJ, Jefferson AL, Steinberg E, Nair AK, Green RC, Stern RA. (2010). Lower extremity function in normal cognitive aging, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer's disease. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation91, 584-588. PMID: 20382291

Nair AK, Gavett BE, Damman M, Dekker W, Green RC, Auerbach S, Mandel A, Steinberg E, Hubbard EJ, Jefferson AJ, Stern RA. (2010). Clock drawing test ratings by dementia specialists: Inter-rater reliability and diagnostic accuracy. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences22, 85-92. PMID: 20160214

McKee, A. C., Cantu, R. C., Nowinski, C. J., Hedley-Whyte, E. T., Gavett, B. E., Budson, A. E., Santini, V. E., Lee, H. S., Kubilus, C. A., & Stern, R. A. (2009). Chronic traumatic encephalopathy in athletes: Progressive tauopathy after repetitive head injury. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol68, 709-735. PMID: 19535999

Gavett, B. E., Poon, S. J., Ozonoff, A., Jefferson, A. J., Nair, A. K., Green, R. C., & Stern, R. A. (2009). Diagnostic utility of the NAB List Learning test in Alzheimer's disease and amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society15, 121-129. PMID: 19128535

Representative & Recent Service/Leadership Roles

UCCS Psychology Department Director of the Clinical M.A. Program (2016-2017)


Psychologist, State of Colorado
Psychologist, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Curriculum Vitae