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Bonnie Sachs

Bonnie Sachs

Assistant Professor

LocaAssistant Professor


Billy Reynolds Jr. Building
6605 W. Broad Street, Suite C
Richmond, Virginia 23230

(804) 662-9185 - clinical
(804) 662-5300 - academic

“As a psychologist, I like working with patients clinically and also enjoy translating my clinical experiences into research questions to help better understand how changes in the brain impact thinking and behavior. I am particularly interested in the process of aging and diseases of aging such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. I especially love working with older adults because they always have such a rich history and life-story.”


  • Clinical Neuropsychology Post-doctoral Fellowship, Mayo Clinic - Jacksonville

  • Clinical Psychology Pre-doctoral Internship, Neuropsychology Track, Emory University

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology Track, University of Florida

  • M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology Track, University of Florida

  • M.A. in Experimental Psychology, American University

  • B.S. in Psychology with Honors, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


  • Virginia psychology license


  • Clinical neuropsychology

Research interests

  • Exploring patterns of normal and abnormal cognitive aging
  • Developing methods for better detection of preclinical cognitive symptoms
  • Intervention and cognitive rehabilitation strategies for patients with neurologic illness
  • Examining clinical utility of commonly used neuropsychological instruments
  • Using multimodal techniques (e.g., neuroimaging and neuropsychological testing) to improve diagnostic accuracy in patients with neurologic illness

Professional affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

  • American Psychological Association (APA) – Division 40

  • International Neuropsychological Society (INS)

  • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) – Associate Member

Recent professional achievements

  • Merit Research Poster Award, International Neuropsychological Society, 2008

  • Selected to attend the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Advanced Training Institute on functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), 2006

Recent publications

  • Sachs, B.C., Lucas, J.A., Smith G.E., Ivnik R.J., Petersen R.C., Graff-Radford, N. & Pedraza O. (2012). Reliable Change on the Boston Naming Test. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18, 1-4.

  • Pedraza, O.P., Sachs, B.C., Ferman, T., Rush, B.K., & Lucas, J.A. (2011). Difficulty and discrimination parameters of Boston Naming Test Items in a consecutive clinical series. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 26 (5), 434-444.

  • Sachs, B.C. (2011). Biography: Mortimer Mishkin. In J.S. Kreutzer, J. DeLuca, & B. Caplan (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology (Vol. 3, 13,  p. 1636-1639).  Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

  • Howe, L.L.S., Anderson, A.M., Stigge-Kaufman, D.A., Sachs, B.C., & Loring, D.W. (2007). Characterization of the medical symptom validity test in evaluation of clinically referred memory disorders patients. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 22 (6), 753-761. 

  • Berl, M.M., Balsamo, L.M., Xu, B., Moore, E.N., Weinstein, S., Conry, J.A., Pearl, P.L., Sachs, B., Grandin C.B., Frattali, C., Theodore, W.H., & Gaillard, W.D. (2005). Seizure focus affects regional language networks assessed by fMRI. Neurology, 65 (10), 1604-1611.

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