Staff


Ralph H.B. Benedict, PhD

Professor of Neurology, State University of New York at Buffalo
Clinical Neuropsychologist, UBMD Neurology

Dr. Benedict is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and Director of Neuropsychological Services for the Department of Neurology for the School of Biomedical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has extensive training and experience in the assessment and management of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is the author of 2 widely used neuropsychological tests, the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test Revised and the Brief Visuospatial Memory Test Revised. He also developed the MS Neuropsychological Screening Questionnaire, a widely used screening test of MS cognitive disorder. He has served as a consultant to several national and international organizations dedicated to peer-reviewed symposia on MS and cognitive impairment, or consensus opinions on clinical matters related to MS. Dr. Benedict is currently pursuing research studies on quantitative MRI findings in MS and their relationship with personality, cognition, and neuropsychiatric disorders. His current interests also concentrate on the development of new measures of processing speed of memory and work capacity.

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Email: benedict@buffalo.edu

Joy Parrish, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychologist, UBMD Neurology

Dr. Joy Parrish is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, with subspecialty board certification in pediatric neuropsychology.  She serves as the director of the Pediatric Neuropsychology Clinic and of clinical training within the Neuropsychology group.  Dr. Parrish participates in collaborative care with several specialty clinics throughout UBMD and Kaleida Health including the Epilepsy and Epilepsy pre-surgical Clinic, Pediatric MS Clinic, Neurofibromatosis and Neuro-oncology Clinic, Head Injury Clinic, Children’s Guild Foundation ASD Clinic, and the Craniofacial Center.  She has extensive experience working with children and adults with epilepsy.  She has ongoing research in epilepsy and surgical intervention outcomes, as well as cognitive and psychosocial functioning in children with demyelinating disorders.  Dr. Parrish has several publications in these areas, and has provided expert consultation regarding assessment and application of neuropsychological findings to guide patient care and intervention services.  She has particular interest in advancing pre-surgical functional mapping and understanding risk factors for cognitive change in patients with intractable seizures disorder following surgical intervention, including resection, deep brain stimulation, and responsive neurostimulation.  

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Email: jparrish@buffalo.edu

Tatyana Raby, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychologist, UBMD Neurology

Dr. Tatyana Raby completed her doctoral degree in Counseling and School Psychology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY in 2013.  She finished her post-doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology under Dr. Benedict’s mentorship in 2015.  She continues independent practice at UBMD Neurology focusing on diagnostic neuropsychological evaluations across adulthood with a special interest in age-associated neurodegenerative disorders. She is part of several clinical trials taking place at the UBMD Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center aimed at reducing cognitive impairment in patients with disorders related to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

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Email: tps7@buffalo.edu

Tom Fuchs, PhD

MD/PhD Student

Tom Fuchs, PhD received his bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and his PhD in neuroscience from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (JSMBS). He works as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Jacobs Multiple Sclerosis Center and Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center under the supervision of Dr. Ralph Benedict, Dr. Michael Dwyer, and Dr. Robert Zivadinov. His work focuses on people with multiple sclerosis. Currently, he is leading projects on brain network connectivity and its relationship with cognitive and personality disturbances, staging of cognitive decline, and the impact of a Conscientiousness-directed intervention for preventing negative functional consequences in high-risk individuals. Tom is also currently a student in the JSMBS MD/PhD program, expected graduation 2022.

Email: tomfuchs@buffalo.edu

Curtis Wojcik, BA

Lab Coordinator

Curtis Wojcik, BA received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He works as a lab coordinator under the supervision of Dr. Ralph Benedict. Currently, he is leading projects on the Role of Cognitive Dysfunction in Defining MS Relapses and Freedom from Disease Activity and the Multiple Sclerosis Performance Test (MSPT) Benchmarks of Employment Status and Deterioration. Curtis is primarily responsible for preparing and processing documentation through the Institutional Review Board (IRB), database management and analysis, neuropsychological testing, and recruitment of research participants. He hopes to pursue his PhD in clinical psychology.

Email: cmwojcik@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-323-0551

Michael Jaworski, BS

Senior Research Assistant

Michael currently works as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Ralph Benedict. His responsibilities include testing research participants, scoring of neuropsychological tests, data entry, and recruitment.

Email: mgjawors@buffalo.edu

Breana Cline, BA

Psychometrician

Breana completed her bachelors in Psychology, with a minor in Forensic Science from Hilbert College. She is a MA Student at St. Bonaventure University, completing a Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree. She is currently working as a psychometrician under the supervision of Dr. Benedict. Breana primarily works in Dr. Benedict’s clinic where she performs neuropsychological assessments and scores the results.

Email: breanacl@buffalo.edu

Lauren Olson, BS

Research Assistant and Clinical Technician

Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from the University of Dayton in Ohio. She is a current masters student in Clinical Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She works as a clinical technician for both pediatric and adult patients under the supervision of Dr. Ralph Benedict and Dr. Joy Parrish. As a researcher, she is leading projects on the Role of Anosognosia in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment and the development and validation of a new psychometric battery called the Global Neuropsychological Assessment (GNA). Lauren is primarily responsible for neuropsychological assessment, database management and analysis, and recruitment of research participants. She hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

Email: ltolson@buffalo.edu

Margaret Youngs

Research Assistant

Margaret Youngs is an undergraduate student at Hilbert college, majoring in psychology. She is currently a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Ralph Benedict. Her responsibilities include testing research participants, scoring of neuropsychological tests, data entry and recruitment. After graduating, Margaret is pursuing her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University at Buffalo.

Email: myoungs@buffalo.edu

Mahmut Unverdi, MD

Research Assistant/Clinic Liaison

Mahmut Unverdi, MD received his Master’s degree in Medicine from Cukurova University Faculty of Medicine. He works as a clinic liaison under the supervision of Dr. Ralph Benedict and Dr. Bianca Weinstock-Guttman. Mahmut’s main responsibilities are clinical monitoring, recruitment of research participants, data management & analysis and quality checking. He is involved in projects on the Role of Cognitive Dysfunction in Defining MS Relapses and Freedom from Disease Activity, Dimethyl Fumarate (Tecfidera®) Effects on Cognitive and Work Status Outcomes in Multiple Sclerosis, and the Multiple Sclerosis Performance Test (MSPT) Benchmarks of Employment Status and Deterioration. His aim is to become an expert Neurologist. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Email: mahmutun@buffalo.edu

Jodi Berner

Clinical Coordinator

Jodi is the clinical coordinator responsible for scheduling appointments and obtaining records. She also answers patients’ questions and guides them through the diagnosis process of the center.

Email: jdberner@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-323-0556


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