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Douglas Chute

Douglas Chute, PhD; C Psych

Louis and Bessie Stein Fellow
Professor of Neuropsychology
Faculty Coordinator of ePsychology
Department of Psychology
Office: Stratton 218
Phone: 215.895.6111

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Douglas L. Chute, PhD is Professor of Neuropsychology for the APA approved Clinical Psychology Program and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University. His academic focus centers on the integration of applied neuroscience and cognitive technologies especially for people with acquired cognitive impairments like traumatic brain injuries.He  is known as a leading educator in Neuropsychology co-establishing the first PhD program in the field at the University of Houston, founding the graduate program at Drexel University (ranked one of the top programs internationally), and serving as a founding co-editor with Sandra Koffler and Barbara Uzzell of the journal Neuropsychology. He is currently the Technology Section Editor for The Clinical Neuropsychologist. More recently, Professor Chute collaborated in the founding of the distanCE continuing education program for the National Academy of Neuropsychology with Philip Schatz, PhD, and authored or edited courses delivered over the web in neuroanatomy and medical neuroscience and in mild traumatic brain injury. Professor Chute has over 100 books, chapters, papers, and software titles published. He has commercialized a number of technological products in education and cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging and developed a patent for a cognitive and environmental assistive system to help maintain community living for persons with neurocognitive impairments. Chute was named an “Outstanding Scientist of the 20th Century,” honored with two EDUCOM/NCRIPTAL Best Scientific Laboratories software awards, an Apple Teaching Fellow Award, and a Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. The National Academy recently honoured him with a lifetime service award. He has also received national and international recognition for his work with technology for people with cognitive impairments, e.g. NSF/MCI National Search for the Use of Computers for Persons with Disabilities, and an iec ProGAMMA for Social Science and Information Technology, Special Software Award of Excellence. He has lead major research projects funded by the National Science and Engineering Research Council, the Medical Research Council, the Pew Foundation, Albisser, and other private and public agencies. In 2009 he was appointed a Stein Fellow. But what he is most proud of is the successes of his students many of who hold professorships and senior positions around the world and who include past and present leaders in the field of neuropsychology.

Professor Chute serves on a number of corporate, professional, and government boards. He is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and with the Ontario College of Psychologists, he is a Charter Member Emeritus of the Association for Psychological Science and a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Professor Chute has been the Neuropsychology advisor to the Department of Health, Pennsylvania Head Injury Program, and he also served in a similar capacity with the Department of Public Welfare for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In Canada, he currently serves on the executive board of Brain Injury Service of Muskoka-Simcoe, a provincially funded provider.

Selected Publications:

  • Chute, D.L. and Wright, D.C. (1973) Retrograde State Dependent Learning. Science, 180: 878-880.
  • Chute, D.L. (1973) Chronic Implantation of a Stable Jugular Catheter. Behavior Research Methods and Instrumentation., 5: 312-313.
  • Wright, D.C. and Chute, D.L. (1973) State Dependent Learning Produced by Post Trail Intrathoracic Administration of Sodium Pentobarbital. Psychopharmacologia, 31: 91-94.
  • Wright, D.C., Chute, D.L. and McCollum, G.C. (1974) Reversible Sodium Pentobarbital Amnesia in One Trail Discrimination Learning. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, (5), 603-606.
  • Chute, D.L. (1974) Innovations in teaching: an ethical paradox, Teaching of Psychology, 1974. Shaw, T. and Chute, D.L. (1976) Kinesthetic Feedback and Recovery from ECS Induced Amnesia. Behavioral Biology, 18 (3), 441.
  • Chute, D.L. Phosphodiesterase Inhibition and Memory Facilitation. (1980) Journal of Clinical Neuropsychology. 2, 72-74.
  • Gleeson, R.M., Dragunow, M.G., Kirton, N.F., Villiger, J.W. and Chute, D.L. (1980) Intracranial Cannulation of Small Animals. Behavior Research Methods and Instrumentation. 12 (3) 346-348.
  • Chute, D.L., Villiger, J.W., and Kirton, N.F. (1981) Testing Cyclic AMP Mediation of Memory: Reversal of AMPT Induced Amnesia. Psychopharmacology, 74: 129-131.
  • Chute, D.L. and Bank, B. (1983) Undergraduate Seminars: The Poster Session Solution. Teaching of Psychology. 10, 2, 99-100.
  • Chute, D. L., and Bank, B. Undergraduate Seminars: The Poster Session Solution. reprinted in Handbook for Teaching Statistics and Research Methods M.Ware and C. Brewer Eds. Hillsdale NJ: Erlbaum (1988). Third reprinting in Handbook for Teaching Statistics and Research Methods M.Ware and C. Brewer Eds. Hillsdale NJ: Erlbaum (1994).
  • Bank, B., Gurd, J.W. and Chute, D.L. (1986) Decreased Phosphorylation of Synaptic Glycoproteins Following Hippocompal Kindling. Brain Research, 390-394.
  • Chute, D.L. (1986) MacLaboratory for Psychology: General experimental psychology with Apple's Macintosh. Behavior Research Methods Instruments and Computers, 18, 205-209.
  • Westall, R., Perkey, M.N. and Chute, D.L. (1986) Accurate millisecond timing on Apple's Macintosh using Drexel's Millitimer. Behavior Research Methods Instruments and Computers, 18,
  • Chute, D.L., Gaeman, D., and Ziegler, T. (1987) MacLaboratory Controller: A switch and A/D interface between the Macintosh and peripheral apparatus. Behavior Research Methods Instruments & Computers. 19, 205-209.
  • Chute, D.L., (1987) Glimpses of the darker side of academic computing. Academic Computing 2, 1, 40-59.
  • Chute, D.L., Conn, G., Dipasquale, M.C., and Hoag, M. (1988) ProsthesisWare: A new class of software supporting the activities of daily living. Neuropsychology, 2, 41-57.
  • Westall, R., Perkey, M.N. and Chute, D.L. (1989) Millisecond timing on Apple's Macintosh Revisited. Behavior Research Methods Instruments and Computers.
  • Chute, D.L. and Hoag M. (1989) ColorCard Wheels for the Mind.
  • Chute, D. L. (1990) Academic Angst Academic Computing , 4, 8, 10-14.
  • Chute, D. L. (1992) MultiMedia: 20 Questions for Department Chairs. The Department Chair; 2, 3, 7-8.
  • Chute, D. L., and Quillen, S. (1992) SpeechWare: A Prosthesis for Speech and Motor Impairment. Proceedings of the IEEE: National Search for Computing Applications to Assist Persons with Disabilities.
  • Chute, D. L. (1993) MacLaboratory for Psychology: Success, Failures, Economics, and Outcomes over its Decade of Development. Behavior Research Methods Instruments and Computers 25 (2), 180-188.
  • Chute, D. L. (1993) The Classroom 2000 Project: A personal view of what the past tells us about the future. Social Science Computer Review II:4, 477-486.
  • Chute, D. L. (1996) Things I wish they had told me about technology. Psychology Software News, CTI, York , England, 2-12.
  • Chute, D. L. and Westall, R. F. (1996) Fifth generation research tools: Collaborative development with PowerLaboratory. Behavior Research Methods Instruments and Computers , 28 (2), 311-314.
  • Chute, D. L. & Schatz, P. (1999) Functional Ability Rating (C-FAR) in the Pennsylvania Head Injury Program. Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Chute, D. L. & Schatz, P. (2000) Functional Ability Rating (C-FAR) for individuals with acquired cognitive deficits, autism, and other neuropsychological impairments in the COMMCARE Program. Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
  • Hillary, F. G., Moelter, S., Schatz, P., Chute, D. L. (2001) Seatbelts Contribute to Location of Lesion in Moderate to Severe Head Trauma, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. 16 (2): 171-181.
  • Schatz, P., Hughes, L. & Chute, D.L. (2001). Under-utilization of neuropsychology in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation: is managed care to blame? NeuroRehabilitation, 16(4), 281-287.
  • Hillary, F.G., Schatz, P, Moelter, S.T, Lowry, J.B., Ricker, J.H.,Chute, D.L. (2002)
    Motor vehicle collision factors influence severity and type of TBI. Brain Injury, 16(8), 729 - 740.
  • Chute, D. L. (2002) Neuropsychological Technologies in Rehabilitation. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 17(5), 369-377.
  • Zabel, A., & Chute, D. L. (2002) Near infra-red spectroscopy in functional brain imaging. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 17(5), 477-488
  • Schatz, P., Hillary, F., Moelter, S. & Chute, D.L. (2002). Retrospective assessment of brain injury rehabilitation outcome: Development and utility of the Functional Independence Level (FIL). Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 17(6), 510-525.
  • Schultheis, M. T., Hillary, F. G., & Chute, D. L. (accepted) The Neurocognitive Driving Test: Applying technology to the assessment of driving ability following brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Cosentino, S., Jefferson, A.J., Chute, D., Kaplan, E., and Libon, D.J. (2004). Clock drawing errors in dementia: Neuropsychological and Neuroanatomical Considerations. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 17(2), 74-83.
  • Ruocco, A. C., Swirsky-Sacchetti, T., Chute, D. K., Mandel, S., Platek, S. M., & Zillmer, E. A. (2005) Distinguishing between neuropsychological malingering and exaggerated psychiatric symptoms in a neuropsychological setting. Revised and resubmitted. The Clinical Neuropsychologist.
  • Irani, F; Platek, S; Bunce, S, Ruocco, A & Chute, D. Applications of functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to neurobehavioral disorders. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychology Technologies, in press.
  • Ford, S; Chute, D; Irani, F & Swirsky-Sacchetti, T. (2006) The relationship between daily stress, coping and post-concussive symptoms.
  • Cosentino, S., Chute, D. L., Libon, D., Moore, p., & Grossman, M. (2006) How Does the Brain Represent Scripts? A Study of Executive Processes and Semantic Knowledge in Dementia. Cognitive Neuroscience