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ZecRon Zec, Ph.D., ABPN, ABPP (CN)
Associate Professor, Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry

Appointments: 217-545-7197
Administrative Offices: 217-545-7197



Specialization:  Clinical neuropsychology

Research Interests

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

Education and Training

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
B.A. in Psychology
Undergraduate Henry Rutgers Scholar's Thesis: Effects of desalivation on drinking and air-licking induced by water deprivation and hypertonic saline injections.
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
M.A. in Experimental/Physiological Psychology
Master's Thesis: Electrical Self-Stimulation of the Lateral Hypothalamus in Rats
1977   University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
Ph.D. in Experimental/Physiological Psychology
Dissertation: Studies of non nutritive reinforcers for water deprived rats. Suppression of fluid intake, licking "in vacuo," and an oral oropharyngeal gradient of reinforcement


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.

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