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 served as the clinical neuropsychologist for the Cognitive & Memory Disorder Section in the Department of Neurology for over 10 years and is presently in the Neuropsychological Assessment Clinic in Psychiatry.  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
  • Volumetric neuroimaging


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Diagnostic Utility of Hippocampal Volumetric Data in a Memory Disorder Clinic Setting.
Ruchinskas R, Nguyen T, Womack K, Khera A, Yu FF, Kelley BJ, Cogn Behav Neurol 2022 Mar 35 1 66-75
Change in Balance and Neuropsychological Measures Post-Lumbar Drain Trial in Patients with Suspected Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus.
Wadsworth HE, Horton DK, Dhima K, Cullum CM, White J, Ruchinskas R, Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2021 Dec 1-6
Burnout During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Descriptive and Predictive Data from a Survey of Psychologists at a Single Academic Medical Center.
Trombello JM, David NS, Robbins MA, Ruchinskas RA, Acad Psychiatry 2021 Nov
Reynolds Intellectual Screening Instrument 1st versus 2nd Edition in a Memory Disorder Sample.
Ruchinskas R, Goette W, Arch Clin Neuropsychol 2020 Aug
Clinical outcomes of normal pressure hydrocephalus in 116 patients: objective versus subjective assessment.
Wu EM, El Ahmadieh TY, Kafka B, Caruso JP, Neeley OJ, Plitt AR, Aoun SG, Olson D, Ruchinskas RA, Cullum CM, Welch BG, Batjer HH, White JA, J. Neurosurg. 2019 Apr 1-7
Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Outcomes of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: A Case Series of 116 Patients.
Wu EM, El Ahmadieh TY, Kafka B, Caruso J, Aoun SG, Plitt AR, Neeley O, Olson DM, Ruchinskas RA, Cullum M, Batjer H, White JA, Cureus 2019 Mar 11 3 e4170
Wechsler adult intelligence scale-4th edition digit span performance in subjective cognitive complaints, amnestic mild cognitive impairment, and probable dementia of the Alzheimer type.
Ruchinskas R Clin Neuropsychol 2019 Mar 1-9
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
Two phase 3 trials of bapineuzumab in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease.
Salloway S, Sperling R, Fox NC, Blennow K, Klunk W, Raskind M, Sabbagh M, Honig LS, Porsteinsson AP, Ferris S, Reichert M, Ketter N, Nejadnik B, Guenzler V, Miloslavsky M, Wang D, Lu Y, Lull J, Tudor IC, Liu E, Grundman M, Yuen E, Black R, Brashear HR N. Engl. J. Med. 2014 Jan 370 4 322-33


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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)