Gordon J. Chelune, PhD

Research Interests

  • Longitudinal Assessment
  • Cognitive Assessment Methods
  • Cognitive Change Over Time
  • Memory Disorders
  • Neuropsychological Test Development


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Neurology - Professor
  • Divisions: Cognitive Neurology

Board Certification

  • American Board of Professional Psychology (Sub: Clinical Neuropsychology)

Academic Office Information

  • 801-585-6546
  • 650 Komas
    Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging & Research
    650 Komas Drive, Room: 106A
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Gordon J. Chelune, Ph.D., ABPP(CN), is Professor of Neurology and Senior Neuropsychologist at the University of Utah Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research (CACIR) in the Division of Cognitive Neurology. Dr. Chelune is also an active member of the faculty of the Center on Aging, the Department of Psychology and The Brain Institute at the University of Utah.

Dr. Chelune earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada at Reno, and subsequently completed his neuropsychology fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Before he joined the University of Utah faculty in 2006, Dr. Chelune was a member of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he directed Neuropsychological Services at the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research, and founded the Section of Neuropsychology.

Dr. Chelune conducts clinical research into cognitive aging and the neuropsychology of dementing disorders. His main areas of interest include longitudinal assessment and methods of measuring reliable change in outcome studies and memory disorders, cognitive assessment methods, and the evaluation of brain circuitry, connectivity, and structure in normal aging. He is currently developing methods to predict risk of dementia using cognitive trajectories, and is working with an interdisciplinary team to localize executive impairments in Alzheimer’s with functional neuroimaging. He has been actively involved in neuropsychological test development and outcomes research throughout his career.

Active in the field of clinical neuropsychology for more than 35 years, Dr. Chelune is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the American Psychological Association in the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology, and the Society for Personality Assessment. He has served as President of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Psychological Association, and is currently the Executive Director of the International Neuropsychological Society.

He enjoys travel and “good” sushi, and since coming to Utah he has taken up downhill skiing, scuba diving, and has become an avid hiker.

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
Clinical Neuropsychology
Residency Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
Clinical Psychology
Doctoral Training University of Nevada, Reno
Clinical Psychology
Undergraduate University of San Francisco

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Abou-Mrad F, Chelune G, Zamrini E, Tarabey L, Hayek M amp Fadel P (2018). Screening for dementia in Arabic: normative data from an elderly Lebanese sample. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 31(sup 1), 1-19.
  2. SPRINT Research Group, Wright JT Jr, Williamson JD, Whelton PK, Snyder JK, Sink KM, Rocco MV, Reboussin DM, et al (2017). A randomized trial of intensive versus standard blood-pressure controlé. New England Journal of Medicine, Nov 26;373(22), 2103-2116.
  3. Weiner DE, Gaussoin SA, Nord J, Auchus AP, Chelune GJ, Chonchol M, Coker L, et al (2017). Cognitive function and kidney disease: Baseline data from the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 70(3), 357-367.
  4. Duff K, Chelune G, Dennett K (2012). Within-session practice effects in patients referred for suspected dementia. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord, 33(4), 245-9.
  5. Suchy Y, Chelune G, Franchow EI, Thorgusen SR (2012). Confronting patients about insufficient effort: the impact on subsequent symptom validity and memory performance. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 26(8), 1296-311.
  6. Hayden KM, Reed BR, Manly JJ, Tommet D, Pietrzak RH, Chelune GJ, Yang FM, Revell AJ, Bennett DA, Jones RN (2011). Cognitive decline in the elderly: an analysis of population heterogeneity. Age and Ageing, 40(6), 684-689.

Book Chapter

  1. Chelune GJ, Duff K (2012). The Assessment of change: Serial assessments in dementia evaluation. In Ravdin LD, Katzen H (Eds.), Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia (pp. 43-57). New York: Springer.