Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders

ZecPhotoRonald F. Zec, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
Center for Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders

Specializing in Neuropsychology of Normal and Abnormal Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and Major Depression

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Dr. Zec has a B.A. from Rutgers University, as well as an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.  He is a “Fellow” in the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and a former Senior Staff Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health.  He is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN), the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABPN).

He has made numerous presentations at national and international scientific meetings and has published more than 40 papers.  He currently serves as an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine where he has been a faculty member since 1984. 

Dr. Zec teaches in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is on the faculty of the Alzheimer’s Center.  His research concentrates on the Neuropsychology of aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and other disorders associated with cognitive impairment, including severe closed head injury, Parkinson’s disease, depression, and schizophrenia.  Dr. Zec maintains a busy clinical neuropsychological practice.

Research Interests:

  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementing disorders
  • Normal and abnormal cognitive aging
  • Behavioral change to promote healthy brain aging

Upcoming Events

Healthy Brain Aging: Reducing Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

A Community Education Program

May 17, 2016
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation
228 W. Miller
Springfield, IL 62702
(across the street from Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU)




Healthy Brain Aging

NIA booklet: Preventing Alzheimer's Disease: What Do We Know?"

Brain Health Manifesto
by Ron Zec, PhD

"Staying Sharp"  publications from Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

ASPECTS article on

by Deborah Allen