Dr. Skeel joined the CMU faculty in 2000. Dr. Skeel coordinates The Neuropsychology Clinic at Central Michigan University. His clinical and research interests focus on neuropsychological assessment. His clinical efforts center on providing functional application of neuropsychological assessment. His research interests are focused on examining variables that affect the ecological validity of neuropsychological tests. Examples of specific projects being conducted in his lab include examining the relationship between cognitive functioning and medication adherence, the impact of anxiety on neuropsychological performance, exploring how newer measures of executive functioning & decision making are related to behavior, cognitive effects of CABG surgery, and detection of sub-optimal effort during testing.
- Ecological validity of neuropsychological assessment
- Cognition and medication adherence
- Influence of affective variables on cognitive performance
- Decision-making and risk-taking
Dey, N.D., Bombard, M.C., Roland, B.P., Davidson, S., Lu, M., Rossignol, J., Sandstrom, M.I., Skeel, R.L., Lescaudron, L., & Dunbar, G. (2010). Genetically engineered mesenchymal stem cells reduce behavioral deficits in the YAC 128 mouse model of Huntington's disease. Behavioural Brain Research, 214, 193 - 200.
Neudecker, J & Skeel, R.L. (2009). Development of a novel malingering detection method involving multiple detection strategies. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 24, 59-70.
Skeel, R.L., Pilarski, C., Pytlak, K., & Neudecker, J. (2008). Personality and performance-based measures in the prediction of alcohol use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 22, 402 - 409.
Skeel, R.L., Neudecker, J., Pilarski, C., & Pytlak, K. (2007). The utility of personality variables and behaviorally-based measures in the prediction of risk-taking Behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 203 - 214.
Nagra*, A., Skeel, R.L., & Penix Sbraga, T. (2007). A pilot investigation of the effects of stress on neuropsychological performance in Asian-Indians in the United States. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 13, 54 - 63.
Skeel, R. L., Neudecker*, J., Pilarski*, C., & Pytlak*, K. (2007). The Utility of Personality Variables and Behaviorally-Based Measures in the Prediction of Risk-Taking Behavior. Personality and Individual Differences.
Skeel, R. L., Schutte*, C., VanVoorst*, W., & Nagra*, A. (2006). Visual Contrast Sensitivity and Neuropsychological Performance in a Healthy Elderly Sample. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology, 28, 696 - 705 .
Skeel, R. L., Sitzer*, D., Fogal*, T., Wells*, J., & Johnstone, B. (2004). Comparison of predicted-difference, simple-difference, and premorbid-estimation methodologies for evaluating IQ and memory score discrepancies. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 19, 363 – 374.
Skeel, R. L., Nagra*, A., VanVoorst*, W., & Olsen*, E. (2003). The impact of visual acuity on neuropsychological performance. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 17, 129 – 136.
Inungu, J., Malonebeach, E., & Skeel, R. L. (2003). Potential Challenges facing health professionals caring for HIV-infected drug users. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 17, 333 – 343.
Skeel, R. L., Bounds, T., Johnstone, B., Lloyd, J., & Harms, N. (2003). Age Differences in a Sample of State Vocational Rehabilitation Clients with Traumatic Brain Injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 48, 145 – 150.
Skeel, R. L., Crosson, B., Nadeau, S. E., Algina, J. J., Bauer, R. M., & Fennell, E. B. (2001). Basal Ganglia Dysfunction, Working Memory, and Sentence Comprehension in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Neuropsychologia, 39, 962-971.
Skeel, R. L., & Edwards, S. A. (2001). Practical guide for the rehabilitation of memory. In B. Johnstone & H. H. Stonington (Eds.). Rehabilitation of Neuropsychological Disorders: A Practical Guide for Rehabilitation Professionals and Family Members (pp. 53-85). Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis.