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Department of Neurology

Department of Neurology

Faculty | Professors


Alzheimer's disease & dementia 




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Bruce Reed, Ph.D.

Bruce R. Reed, Ph.D.

Associate Director, UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Specialty: Neuropsychology

UC Davis Alzheimer's Center/VA Center
150 Muir Rd.
Martinez, CA 95758
(916) 734-5496

Clinical & Research Interests

Dr. Reed is a neuropsychologist who is expert in the evaluation of memory and cognition in older adults. As Director of the UC Davis East Bay Alzheimer’s Center, Dr. Reed is highly experienced in the diagnosis and management of age-associated cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, less common neurodegenerative disorders, and vascular dementia. His research program uses sophisticated neuropsychological methods and advanced brain imaging to investigate factors that affect cognitive change in old age. Two areas of particular interest are the contributions of vascular factors to cognitive impairment, and the protective role of cognitive reserve. He has also studied the effects of hydrogen sulfide gas on cognitive function.


State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
Stony Brook, New York
Ph.D. 1984

Carleton College
Northfield, Minnesota
B.A. 1975


Braintree Hospital,Tufts New England MC & Boston University MC
Braintree, Massachusetts

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association
Gerontological Society of America
International Neuropsychological Society
National Academy of Neuropsychology

Select Recent Publications

Reed B, Villeneuve S, Mack W, Decarli C, Chui HC, Jagust W. Associations between serum cholesterol levels and cerebral amyloidosis. JAMA neurology. 2014 Feb 1;71(2):195-200. PubMed PMID: 24378418.

Reed BR, Crane J, Garrett N, Woods DL, Bates MN. Chronic Ambient Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure and Cognitive Function. Neurotoxicology and teratology. 2014 Feb 15. PubMed PMID: 24548790.

Melrose RJ, Brewster P, Marquine MJ, Mackay-Brandt A, Reed B, S TF, et al. Early Life Development in a Multiethnic Sample and the Relation to Late Life Cognition. The journals of gerontology Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences. 2014 Jan 3. PubMed PMID: 24389122.

Marchant NL, Reed BR, Sanossian N, Madison CM, Kriger S, Dhada R, et al. The aging brain and cognition: contribution of vascular injury and abeta to mild cognitive dysfunction. JAMA neurology. 2013 Apr;70(4):488-95. PubMed PMID: 23400560. Pubmed Central PMCID: 3771392.

Marchant, N.L., Reed, B.R., DeCarli, C.S., Madison, C.M., Weiner, M.W., Chui, H.C., Jagust, W.J. 2012. Cerebrovascular disease, beta-amyloid, and cognition in aging. Neurobiology of aging 33(5), 1006 e25-36.

Reed, B.R., Marchant, N.L., Jagust, W.J., DeCarli, C.C., Mack, W., Chui, H.C. 2012. Coronary risk correlates with cerebral amyloid deposition. Neurobiology of aging 33(9), 1979-87.

Farias, S.T., Chand, V., Bonnici, L., Baynes, K., Harvey, D., Mungas, D., Simon, C., Reed, B. 2012. Idea Density Measured in Late Life Predicts Subsequent Cognitive Trajectories: Implications for the Measurement of Cognitive Reserve. The journals of gerontology Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences.

Reed, B.R., Dowling, M., Tomaszewski Farias, D., Sonnen, J., Strauss, M., Schneider, J.A., Bennett, D.A., Mungas, D. (2011). Cognitive Activities During Adulthood Are More Important than Education in Building Reserve. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 17, 1–10.

Hayden KM, Reed BR, Manly JJ, Tommet D, Pietrzak RH, Chelune GJ, Yang FM, Revell AJ, Bennett DA, Jones RN. (2011) Cognitive decline in the elderly: an analysis of population heterogeneity. Age and Ageing. Nov;40(6):684-9.

Woods DL, Kishiyama MM, Yund EW, Herron TJ, Edwards B, Poliva O, Hink RF, Reed B. (2010) Improving digit span assessment of short-term verbal memory. Journal of Clinical Experimental Neuropsychology Aug 4:1-11.

Reed, B.R., Mungas, D., Tomaszewski Farias, S., Harvey, D., Beckett, L., Widaman, K., Hinton, L., DeCarli, C. (2010) Measuring Cognitive Reserve Based on the Decomposition of Episodic Memory Variance. Brain Aug;133(Pt 8):2196-209. PMID: 20591858.

Kuczynski B, Jagust W, Chui HC, Reed B. An inverse association of cardiovascular risk and frontal lobe glucose metabolism. Neurology. 2009 Feb 24;72(8):738-43.

Reed, B. R., Mungas, D. M., Kramer, J. H., Ellis, W., Vinters, H. V., Zarow, C., Jagust, W.J., Chui, H.C. (2007). Profiles of neuropsychological impairment in autopsy-defined Alzheimer's disease and cerebrovascular disease. Brain, 130(Pt 3), 731-739.

Mungas, D.; Reed, B. R.; Crane, P. K.; Haan, M. N.; Gonzalez, H. (2004) Spanish and English Neuropsychological Assessment Scales (SENAS): further development and psychometric characteristics. Psychological Assessment, 16(4), 347-59.

Reed, B.R., Eberling, J.L., Mungas, D., Weiner, M., Kramer, J.H., Jagust, W.J. (2004) Effects of white matter lesions and lacunes on cortical function. Archives of Neurology. 61:1545-1550.