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Donald Stuss
Donald Stuss, OC., O.Ont., FRSC, FCAHS, MA, PhD, C.Psych.

Affiliate scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room M6 170
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Research Program Coordinator: Karen Truong
Phone: 416-480-6100, ext. 83725


  • BA, 1967, philosophy, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • B.Ph., 1967, philosophy, St. Paul's University, Canada
  • Ontario High School Teaching Certificate, 1969, Canada
  • MA, 1974, psychology, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • PhD, 1976, psychology, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, 1976–1978, Aphasia Research Center, Boston University School of Medicine; and psychology research, Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center, Boston, U.S.
  • C.Psych., 1977, certification as registered psychologist, Ontario (#1133), Canada
  • Diplomate, 1985, clinical neuropsychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (#3665 Neu) (board certification in clinical neuropsychology), U.S.
  • Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, 1987, (#2249), Canada

Appointments and Affiliations:


  • Appointed as Officer of the Order of Canada, 2017
  • Donald O. Hebb Distinguished Contribution Award, Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, 2016
  • Gold Key Award, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2014
  • International Neuropsychological Society Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
  • Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Neuropsychology Award, National Academy of Neuropsychology, 2011
  • 3rd Annual Charles Branch Brain Health Award, University of Texas at Dallas, 2008
  • Dr. Gonzalo Rodriquez Lafora Lecture, Spanish Neurological Society, 2008
  • Michener Institute Honorary Diploma, The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences, 2008
  • University of Toronto Alumni Association Faculty Award, 2004
  • Appointed to Order of Ontario, 2001
  • The Reva James Leeds Chair in Neuroscience and Research Leadership, Baycrest Centre, 2001–2008

Research Focus:

  • Frontal lobe brain-behaviour relations
  • Role of different frontal regions in neuroanatomical functional systems
  • Cerebellar brain-behaviour relations and the interconnectivity of the cerebellum with the frontal lobes
  • Age-related cognitive changes
  • Development of theory-driven cognitive neurorehabilitation techniques

Research Summary:

Dr. Stuss is pursuing the following research themes, all but one with SRI researchers:

  • impact of white matter pathology in Alzheimer's disease
  • differential preservation and loss across the adult age span from 18 to 80 years, and the role of gender differences
  • investigation of potential frontal lobe behavioural dysfunction in subgroups of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
  • understanding diagnostic variability in dementia to improve diagnoses and care

Selected Publications:
See current publications list at PubMed.

  1. Stuss, D.T. A career of harnessing group variability. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology. 2016;70:279–287.
  2. Stuss, D.T. The Ontario Brain Institute: Completing the circle. Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. 2014;41:1–11.
  3. Rabin JS, Carson N, Gilboa A, Stuss DT, Rosenbaum RS. Imagining other people's experiences in a person with impaired episodic memory: the role of personal familiarity. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition. 2013;3:1–10.
  4. Vallesi A, McIntosh AR, Crescentini C, Stuss DT. fMRI investigation of speed-accuracy strategy switching. Hum Brain Mapp. 2012;33:1677–1688.
  5. Alexander MP, Gillingham S, Schweizer TA, Stuss DT. Cognitive impairments due to focal cerebellar injuries in adults. Cortex. 2012;48:980–990.
  6. Stuss DT. Traumatic brain injury: relation to executive dysfunction and the frontal lobes. Curr Opin Neurol. 2011;24:584–589.
  7. Stuss, DT. Functions of the frontal lobes: relation to executive functions. J Int Neuropsychol So. 2011;17:1–7.
  8. Rosenbaum RS, Stuss DT, Levine B, Tulving E. Theory of mind is independent of episodic memory. Science. 2007;318:1257.

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