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.