David L. Nyenhuis, Ph.D., ABPP
Associate Professor of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine
Dr. Nyenhuis earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology (with honors) from Calvin College in 1982. He continued his studies at Wayne State University, where he earned a master's and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, working with Drs. Gerald Rosenbaum and R. Douglas Whitman on his master' thesis and dissertation project. Dr. Nyenhuis completed his predoctoral internship in Neuropsychology at the Boston VA Medical Center with Drs. Edith Kaplan and Roberta White. He then continued study with Dr. White, completing a Neuropsychology post-doctoral fellowship with her in the Neurology Department at Boston University School of Medicine. For the first 15 years of his career, Dr. Nyenhuis was a member of the Psychology Department at Rush University Medical Center. There he met Dr. Philip Gorelick and began a fruitful research collaboration exploring cognitive disorders associated with Vascular Cognitive Impairment. Dr. Nyenhuis moved to the University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago in 2004. In 2012, he moved to the Hauenstein Center and developed an on-site Clinical Neuropsychology program. Dr. Nyenhuis has been awarded several research grants, primarily in the area of Vascular Cognitive Impairment. His funded research projects include work as Principle Investigator of an NINDS funded R01 project, "Validation of the NINDS – CSN Neuropsychology Protocols." He is author of co-author of more than 40 journal articles or book chapters, as well as numerous abstracts and invited talks. He has also participated in the training of more than 25 clinical neuropsychologists, primarily as part of APA-approved internships at Rush University and the University of Illinois. He is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Michigan. When he is not working, Dr. Nyenhuis enjoys backpacking and continually fixing his home in the Heritage Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids.
Dr. Nyenhuis is interested in the measurement and pathologic underpinnings of Vascular Cognitive Impairment. More recently, he has also spearheaded efforts to examine cognitive disorders associated with Sickle Cell Anemia. Currently, he serves as a co-investigator on a study headed by Dr. Barbara Pickut, examining Mindfulness treatment in patients with Parkinson's disease.