Ralph H.B. Benedict, PhD, is a professor of Neurology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at SUNY Buffalo. He completed a PhD in psychology in 1990 from Arizona State University and post-doctoral training at the John Hopkins School of Medicine.


Dr. Benedict is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist. He has extensive training and experience in the assessment and management of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is the author of 2 widely used neuropsychological tests, the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test Revised and the Brief Visuospatial Memory Test Revised. He also developed the MS Neuropsychological Screening Questionnaire (MSNQ), a widely used screening test of MS cognitive disorder. He has served as a consultant to several national and international organizations dedicated to peer-reviewed symposia on MS and cognitive impairment, or consensus opinions on clinical matters related to MS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Charcot Foundation, Consortium of MS Centers, National MS Society, and American Academy of Neurology). Dr. Benedict is currently pursuing research studies on quantitative MRI findings in MS and their relationship with personality, cognition, and neuropsychiatric disorders. His current interests also concentrate on the development of new measures of processing speed of memory and work capacity. Currently, he is the Director of Neuropsychological Services for the Department of Neurology for the School of Biomedical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo.






Assistant Professor


Joy Parrish is board certified in clinical neuropsychology. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology, with specialty in neuropsychology, from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Internship training was completed at The University of Chicago Medical Center and post-doctoral residency was at the University at Buffalo, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Clinically, Dr. Parrish works primarily with children and young adults, with extensive experience in epilepsy, autism, demyelinating disease, head injury, attention deficit disorders, and learning disability. She also provides clinical assessment for all epilepsy and epilepsy surgery patients. She is actively involved in ongoing research in children with demyelinating disorders through our Pediatric MS Center of Excellence, as well as studies examining medication effects on behavior in children with seizure disorder.



Research Assistant


Breana completed her BA in psychology at Hilbert College in 2015. She currently serves as Dr. Benedict’s psychometric technician in both his neuropsychology research lab and his Alzheimer’s and dementia clinic. In this capacity she administers neuropsychological tests to both clinical and research patients, scores testing results, and assists in data management. Breana is involved in a variety of projects, particularly the Multiple Sclerosis and Vocational Accommodations study and the Role of Cognitive Dysfunction in Defining MS Relapses and Freedom from Disease Activity study.



The Unit would also like to acknowledge the research contributions of previous unit members:

  • Adam Booth, BS
  • Allison S. Drake, MA
  • Carrie Fisher, BA
  • Seth Frndak, BA
  • Lauren Irwin, BS
  • Anjum Khan, MD
  • Victoria Kordovski
  • Katrina Kunker, BS
  • Kristen Milleville
  • Maria Pollack
  • Tatyana Raby, PhD