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C. Munro Cullum, Ph.D.
C. Munro Cullum, Ph.D.

C. Munro Cullum, Ph.D.

  • Pam Blumenthal Distinguished Professorship in Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Concussion
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders

Biography

C. Munro Cullum, Ph.D., is the Pam Blumenthal Distinguished Professor in Clinical Psychology, Chief of the Division of Psychology, and Director of the Neuropsychology program at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

A clinical neuropsychologist, he also serves as the Clinical Core Leader of UT Southwestern’s Alzheimer's Disease Center and is the senior neuropsychologist in the O’Donnell Brain Institute.

Dr. Cullum performs neuropsychological evaluations to measure cognitive function in people with a variety of suspected or diagnosed brain conditions.

Certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology/American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP/ABCN), he is a past President of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology and the National Academy of Neuropsychology, in addition to other leadership positions in the field.

Dr. Cullum is active in research, teaching, and clinical practice. His research interests include cognitive dysfunction in aging, dementia, and Alzheimer Disease, concussion recovery, neuropsychiatric syndromes, and traumatic brain injury. His lab is also involved in new cognitive test development and in telemedicine applications of neuropsychology.

He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1994.

Dr. Cullum earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He completed a predoctoral internship in clinical psychology and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of California / San Diego VA Medical Center. He also holds a B.A. in psychology (magna cum laude) from Pacific Lutheran University.

He is a member of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, American Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and International Neuropsychological Society, among other professional organizations.

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Meet Dr. Cullum

Clinical Neuropsychologist in Dallas

People who seek medical care for concerns about their cognitive function – such as memory, attention, and thinking – are often referred for a neuropsychological evaluation.

UT Southwestern Medical Center clinical neuropsychologist C. Munro Cullum, Ph.D., performs and evaluates results from these sophisticated tests, which help clinicians assess and measure brain function in patients with a range of suspected or diagnosed conditions.

These conditions include memory and cognitive disordersneurodegenerative and developmental disordersstrokebrain trauma, and neuropsychiatric issues.

“Neuropsychology is the specialty at the intersection of neurology and psychology,” Dr. Cullum explains. “It’s often used to assess people who have concerns about their memory or some other aspect of their cognitive functioning.”

Dr. Cullum notes that neuropsychology is very different from what most people envision when they think of seeing a psychologist. Patients aren’t lying on a couch, talking about their problems. Much of the work that Dr. Cullum and his team does is aimed at helping referring physicians make a diagnosis and formulate treatment plans.

“We use neuropsychological evaluations to determine if a cognitive deficit is present and, if so, to help the referring physicians determine its likely cause and choose the most appropriate treatment,” he says. 

The pattern of test results allows a neuropsychologist to determine an individual’s cognitive strengths as well as weaknesses. These profiles are examined with respect to how well they “fit” various disorders; test results are compared with large normative databases derived from similar individuals without cognitive disorders.

“The individualized tests we perform can help us determine, for example, if a 90-year-old patient with memory impairment has an issue with attention or memory, is suffering from depression or the effects of stroke or surgery, or is in the early stages of dementia. As a result, these evaluations are often helpful in detecting an impairment and assessing cognitive changes over time,” he says.

Collaborative Care

Dr. Cullum and his team collaborate closely with neurologistspsychiatristsneurosurgeons, physiatrists, neuroimaging specialists, and other UT Southwestern colleagues to diagnose and identify patients with cognitive disorders.

“We strive to deliver friendly, comprehensive clinical care to each of our patients,” he says. “We give them feedback about our diagnostic impressions, explain their cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and provide them with information that will help with their adaptive functioning and understanding the nature of their problems.”

Dr. Cullum was UT Southwestern’s first board-certified neuropsychologist when he joined the faculty in 1994 as Director of Neuropsychology. He is active in medical training and research and has worked with the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Stars for nearly 20 years in the NFL and NHL concussion programs.

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Education & Training
  • Graduate School - University of Texas-Austin, Psychology
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Sports Neuropsychology Society (2012)
  • Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of APA) (2000)
  • Clinical Neuropsychology Division, APA (Division 40) (1982)
  • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • American Psychological Association
  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • Texas Psychological Association
Honors & Awards
  • Board of Governors, International Neuropsychological Society 2012
  • Honored Mentor Award 2012, National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • President, American Psychological Association, Neuropsychology Division (40) 2012-2013
  • Member at Large, American Psychological Association, Division of Clinical Neuropsychology 2009
  • Board of Directors, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology 2004
  • Pam Blumenthal Distinguished Professorship 2003, Distinguished Professorship in Psychology
  • President, National Academy of Neuropsychology 1999
  • Ornish Award 1998, Alzheimer Disease Research
  • Fellow 1992, National Academy of Neuropsychology
Books & Publications
Research
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive test development
  • Dementia and Memory disorders
  • Telemedicine applications in neuropsychology
  • Traumatic brain injury and sports concussion

Clinical Focus

  • Concussion
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders

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Q&A by Dr. Cullum

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