- Graduate School - University of Texas-Austin, Psychology
C. Munro Cullum, Ph.D.
- Pam Blumenthal Distinguished Professorship in Clinical Psychology
- Neurodegenerative Disorders
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.
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.
“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.
Dr. Cullum and his team collaborate closely with neurologists, psychiatrists, neurosurgeons, 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.
- 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
- 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
Mild brain injury: A Clinician's Guide
Raymond, M., Bennett, T.L., Hartlage, L., & Cullum, C.M.(Ed.) (1999), Plenum Press
Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
Naugle, R.I., Cullum, C.M., & Bigler, E.D.(Ed.) (1998), Austin, TX, Pro-Ed
- Mild brain injury: A Clinician's Guide
Older Adults with Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment Exhibit Exacerbated Gait Slowing under Dual-Task Challenges.
Tseng BY, Cullum CM, Zhang R Current Alzheimer research 2014 May
Neuropsychological Test Scores Associated With Rate of Cognitive Decline in Early Alzheimer Disease.
Parikh M, Hynan LS, Weiner MF, Lacritz L, Ringe W, Cullum CM The Clinical neuropsychologist 2014 Aug 1-15
Depressive symptoms and white matter dysfunction in retired NFL players with concussion history.
Strain J, Didehbani N, Cullum CM, Mansinghani S, Conover H, Kraut MA, Hart J, Womack KB Neurology 2013 May
Neuroimaging of Cognitive Dysfunction and Depression in Aging Retired National Football League Players: A Cross-sectional Study.
Hart J, Kraut MA, Womack KB, Strain J, Didehbani N, Bartz E, Conover H, Mansinghani S, Lu H, Cullum CM JAMA neurology 2013 Jan 1-10
Computerized neurocognitive testing in the management of sport-related concussion: an update.
Resch JE, McCrea MA, Cullum CM Neuropsychology review 2013 Dec 23 4 335-49
Motor symptoms at onset of Parkinson disease and risk for cognitive impairment and depression.
Dewey RB, Taneja A, McClintock SM, Cullum CM, Dewey RB, Bernstein I, Husain MM Cognitive and behavioral neurology : official journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology 2012 Sep 25 3 115-20
Three approaches to investigating functional compromise to the default mode network after traumatic axonal injury.
Arenivas A, Diaz-Arrastia R, Spence J, Cullum CM, Krishnan K, Bosworth C, Culver C, Kennard B, Marquez de la Plata C Brain imaging and behavior 2012 Jul
Donepezil effects on hippocampal and prefrontal functional connectivity in Alzheimer's disease: preliminary report.
Zaidel L, Allen G, Cullum CM, Briggs RW, Hynan LS, Weiner MF, McColl R, Gopinath KS, McDonald E, Rubin CD Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD 2012 31 Suppl 3 S221-6
Point and interval estimates of percentile ranks for scores on the Texas Functional Living Scale.
Crawford JR, Cullum CM, Garthwaite PH, Lycett E, Allsopp KJ The Clinical neuropsychologist 2012 26 7 1154-65
Initial practice recommendations for teleneuropsychology.
Grosch MC, Gottlieb MC, Cullum CM The Clinical neuropsychologist 2011 Oct 25 7 1119-33
Validation of the new interpretive guidelines for the clinical dementia rating scale sum of boxes score in the national Alzheimer's coordinating center database.
O'Bryant SE, Lacritz LH, Hall J, Waring SC, Chan W, Khodr ZG, Massman PJ, Hobson V, Cullum CM Archives of neurology 2010 Jun 67 6 746-9
Association between depression severity and neurocognitive function in major depressive disorder: a review and synthesis.
McClintock SM, Husain MM, Greer TL, Cullum CM Neuropsychology 2010 Jan 24 1 9-34
A randomized controlled trial comparing the memory effects of continuation electroconvulsive therapy versus pharmacotherapy: Results from the research in ECT (CORE) study.
, G.E., Rasmussen, K.G., Cullum, M., Felmlee-Devine, D., Petrides, G., Rummans, T.A., Husain, M., Mueller, M., Bernstein, H., Knapp, R., O?Connor, K., Fink, M., & Kellner, C. for the CORE investigators. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2010 71 185-193
Annualized functional change in alzheimer?s disease participants and normal controls
Weiner, M., Fields, J., Hynan, L., & Cullum, C.M. The Clinical Neuropsychologist 2008 22 801-806
A direct functional measure to help ascertain optimal level of residential care
Weiner, M.F., Davis, B., Martin-Cook, K., Hynan, L.S., Saine, K.C., & Cullum, C.M. Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias 2007 22 355-359
Feasibility of Telecognitive Assessment in Dementia
Cullum, C.M., Weiner, M.,F., Gehrmann, H., & Hynan, L. Assessment 2006 13 285-390
Patterns of verbal memory performance in mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and normal aging
Greenaway, M.J., Lacritz, L.H., Binegar, D., Weiner, M.F., Lipton, A., & Cullum, C.M. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders 2006 22 83-86
A total score for the CERAD neuropsychological battery
Chandler, M.J., Lacritz, L.H., Hynan, L.S., Barnard, H.D., Allen, G., Deschner, M., Weiner, M.F., & Cullum, C.M. Neurology 2005 12 102-106
Quantitative and qualitative interpretation of neuropsychological data in the assessment of temporal lobectomy candidates
Ogden-Epker, M., & Cullum, C.M. . The Clinical Neuropsychologist 2001 15 183-195
A performance-based instrument to assess functional capacity in dementia: The Texas functional living scale
Cullum, C.M., Saine, K., Chan, L.D., Martin-Cook, K., Gray, K., & Weiner, M.F. Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology, and Behavioral Neurology 2001 14 103-108
Episodic memory function in advanced aging and early Alzheimer’s Disease
Cullum, C.M., Filley, C.M., & Kozora, E. Journal of The International Neuropsychological Society 1995 1 100-103
- Older Adults with Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment Exhibit Exacerbated Gait Slowing under Dual-Task Challenges.
- Clinical Neuropsychology
- Cognitive test development
- Dementia and Memory disorders
- Telemedicine applications in neuropsychology
- Traumatic brain injury and sports concussion
- Neurodegenerative Disorders