Dr. Ruchinskas obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Boston College 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.


Boston College (1983), Psychology
Graduate School
Boston University (1986), Psychology
Graduate School
Florida Institute of Technolog (1993), Psychology

Research Interest

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Neuropsychology


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Lumbar drain trial outcomes of normal pressure hydrocephalus: a single-center experience of 254 patients.
El Ahmadieh TY, Wu EM, Kafka B, Caruso JP, Neeley OJ, Plitt A, Aoun SG, Olson DM, Ruchinskas RA, Cullum CM, Barnett S, Welch BG, Batjer HH, White JA J. Neurosurg. 2019 Jan 1-7
Neuropsychology in a Memory Disorder Clinic.
Ruchinskas RA, Cullum CM Arch Clin Neuropsychol 2018 May 33 3 301-309
The effects of aging on the attentional demands of walking toward and stepping up onto a curb.
Wellmon R, Barr-Gillespie AE, Newton R, Ruchinskas RA, Stephens J Gait Posture 2012 Dec
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


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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)