Rochester, Minnesota Clinical Profile


Glenn E. Smith, Ph.D., L.P., is a principal investigator for the Education Core, Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and associate director for Education Resources, Mayo Clinic Center for Translational Science Activities.

Focus areas

  • Early diagnosis of dementia
  • Dementia outcomes
  • Successful cognitive aging
  • Depression and behavioral disturbance in dementias

Significance to patient care

The research conducted by Dr. Smith and his colleagues has led to the development of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Action to Benefit Thinking and Independence (HABIT) program, a 10-day, 50-hour, intensive intervention program for people with mild cognitive impairment.

The HABIT program combines state-of-the-art physical and mental exercise, memory compensation training, and patient and caregiver education and support. Studies by Dr. Smith and his team show it helps people in preclinical stages of Alzheimer's disease maintain their functional independence.

Professional highlights

  • Chair, Task Force to Update the Guidelines for the Evaluation of Dementia and Age-Related Cognitive Decline, Committee on Aging, American Psychological Association, 2010
  • President, Division of Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40), American Psychological Association, 2008-2009
  • President, American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, 2005-2007


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Primary Appointment

  1. Psychology

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Psychology


  1. Post-doctoral Fellowship - Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. Internship - Neuropsychology - Geropsychology Specialty Track Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
  3. PhD - Neuropsychology, Rural/Community Psychology University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  4. BA - Major: Psychology
    Minor: Math, Statistics
    University of Nebraska, Lincoln

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