Dr. Philip D. Harvey Makes Presentation on Memory at the Vatican

Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Miller School, made a presentation at an International Conference on Memory in the Diseased Brain held at Vatican City. The gathering of international memory experts was held under the auspices of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and was focused on examining what occurs when memory fails as part of aging and in severe psychiatric disorders.

Harvey, who is Director of the Division of Psychology, presented a lecture on “Memory and Cognitive Dysfunction in Schizophrenia.” He was one of just two Americans invited to speak at the conference held January 27. The other was Eric R. Kandel, M.D., Co-Director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University and 2000 winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

An author of four books on psychological assessment, schizophrenia, and aging, Harvey has received a number of awards, including the Inaugural Schizophrenia International Research Society Clinical Scientist Distinguished Contributions award in 2012, the 2014 Alexander Gralnick Schizophrenia Research award from the American Psychiatric Foundation, and the 2014 Department of Veterans Affairs John Blair Barnwell award.

Harvey’s research has focused on cognition and functioning, especially as they relate to aging in schizophrenia. He specializes in cognition, severe mental illness and neuropsychiatric conditions, including traumatic brain injury, dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Being invited to this international conference was an honor,” said Harvey. “By exchanging ideas about the latest research on causes and treatments for memory disorders, we are able to advance the field and better understand how to help the millions of people affected by disorders of memory.”