Dr. Ruchinskas obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Boston Colloege and earned a Master's in Counseling Psychology at Boston University. Doctoral training in Clinical Psychology was at the Florida Institute of Technology and followed by internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Before joining UTSW he was on the faculty of Temple University School of Medicine and Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.  He currently serves as the clinical neuropsychologist for the Cognitive & Memory Disorder Section in the Department of Neurology & Neurotherapeutics.  He is board certified (ABPP) in both Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology and is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Assocation and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Dr. Ruchinskas' clinical expertise is in the area of neuropsychological assessment, with particular interest in working with individuals who have dementia.  His research interests focus on differentiating normal from abnormal aging, ethical issues in aging, and coping with chronic diseases.


Undergraduate School
Tulane University (1981)
Undergraduate School
Boston College (1983)
Graduate School
Boston University (1986)
Graduate School
Florida Institute of Technology (1993)
Other Post Graduate Training
University of Virginia Health Sciences Center (1993)
University of Virginia Health Sciences Center (1994)

Research Interest

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Neuropsychology


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Patient-physician communication: why and how.
Travaline JM, Ruchinskas R, D'Alonzo GE J Am Osteopath Assoc 2005 Jan 105 1 13-8
Motor perseveration in geriatric medical patients.
Ruchinskas RA, Giuliano AJ Arch Clin Neuropsychol 2003 Jul 18 5 455-61
Limitations of the Oral Trail Making Test in a mixed sample of older individuals.
Ruchinskas RA Clin Neuropsychol 2003 May 17 2 137-42
Clinical prediction of falls in the elderly.
Ruchinskas R Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2003 Apr 82 4 273-8
The relationship of psychopathology and hyperhidrosis.
Ruchinskas RA, Narayan RK, Meagher RJ, Furukawa S Br. J. Dermatol. 2002 Oct 147 4 733-5
Rehabilitation therapists' recognition of cognitive and mood disorders in geriatric patients.
Ruchinskas R Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2002 May 83 5 609-12
The psychological impact of end-stage lung disease.
Singer HK, Ruchinskas RA, Riley KC, Broshek DK, Barth JT Chest 2001 Oct 120 4 1246-52
Clock drawing, clock copying, and physical abilities in geriatric rehabilitation.
Ruchinskas RA, Singer HK, Repetz NK Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2001 Jul 82 7 920-4
Psychological variables predict decisions regarding implantation of a spinal cord stimulator.
Ruchinskas R, O'Grady T Neuromodulation 2000 Oct 3 4 183-9
Cognitive status and ambulation in geriatric rehabilitation: walking without thinking?
Ruchinskas RA, Singer HK, Repetz NK Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2000 Sep 81 9 1224-8


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Honors & Awards

  • Florida Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumnus
    Florida Institute of Technology (2015)
  • Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology
    American Board of Professional Psychology (2012)
  • Fellow
    American Psychological Association (2007)
  • Board Certified in Rehabilitation Psychology
    American Board of Professional Psychology (2005)
  • Fellow
    National Academy of Neuropsychology (2003)