Thomas D. Parsons, PhD | Department of Psychology

Thomas D. Parsons, PhD

Dr. Parsons is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation (CNS) Lab at UNT. Prior to UNT he was an Assistant Professor and Research Scientist at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies. His research in computational neuropsychology and cyberpsychology makes use of novel technologies (videogames; virtual reality; brain-computer interfaces) for neurocognitive and affective assessment.

Dr. Parsons is a leading scientist in this area and he has been PI of 17 funded projects during his career and an investigator on an additional 13 funded projects. He is currently Co-PI on a Department of Defense funded ($998,888) grant that aims to develop Avatar-Administered Neuropsychological Testing (AVANT). In addition to his patents for's Matching System, he has invented and validated a number of virtual reality-based neuropsychological assessments. He has over 100 publications and has served as Associate Editor for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, as well as several editorial boards. His contributions to neuropsychology were recognized when he received the 2013 National Academy of Neuropsychology Early Career Achievement award. In 2014, he was awarded Fellow status in the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Appointments and Awards:


  • Current Funding: Co-PI: Parsons, T.D., $999,888 -- Avatar-Administered Neuropsychological Testing (AVANT) for advanced automated assessment of cognitive changes associated with brain injury and neurological disease
  • Past Funding: (over $13 million in funding) Dr. Parsons has been PI of 18 grants during his career and an investigator on an additional 11 grants
  • Research Focus: Integrating neuropsychology and technology.
  • Patents/Inventions:In addition to patents for's Matching System (U.S. Patent No. 6735568 (Issued May 11, 2004). Method and System for Identifying People who are Likely to Have a Successful Relationship. Patent with Buckwalter; and U.S. Patent No. US 2014/0180942 A1 (Issued June 26, 2014) -- eHarmony Matching System -- Continuation of application No. 6735568), he has invented a number of adaptive virtual environments, human computer interfaces, & artificial neural networks.
  • Over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and other fora.


·Parsons, T.D. (2016). Clinical Neuropsychology and Technology: What's New and How We Can Use It. New York: Springer Press. (Click Here)·Parsons, T.D. (2017). Cyberpsychology and the Brain: The Interaction of Neuroscience and Affective Computing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Click Here)·Kane, R.L., & Parsons, T.D. (Eds.). (2017). The Role of Technology in Clinical Neuropsychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Click Here)·Parsons, T.D., Lin, L., & Cockerham, D. (forthcoming). Mind, Brain, and Technology: How People Learn in the Age of New Technologies. New York: Springer Press.

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Clinical Neuropsychology Training:

2004 - 2006 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - Neuropsychology Postdoc

  • Supervisors: Alexander Tröster, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn, & Kevin Robertson, PhD.
  • Focus: Deep Brain Stimulation; Dementia, Behavioral Neuroscience; HIV/AIDS

2003 - 2004 Rush University Medical Center - Neuropsychology Residency

  • C. Grote, PhD, ABPP-Cn, C. Smith, PhD, ABPP-Cn, & Nyenhuis, PhD, ABPP-Cn.
  • Neuropsychology: neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, internal medicine

1998 - 2004 Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

  • J. Galen Buckwalter, PhD.
  • Clinical Neuropsychology; Neuroinformatics

2002 - 2003 UCLA School of Medicine, Neurology - Neuropsychology Externship

  • Susan McPherson, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn, & Jeffrey Cummings, MD.
  • Neuropsychology for UCLA Neurology and ADRC.

2002 - 2003 UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute - Neuropsychology Pre-Internship

  • Gary Small MD, Karen Miller PhD, Susan Bookheimer PhD
  • Neuropsychology for UCLA Neuropsychiatry (TMS; Neuroimaging; Wada)

2001 - 2002 HMRI, Caltech Molecular Neurology - Neuropsychology Clerkship

  • Michael Harrington, M.D. & Gail Blesi, PhD
  • Neuropsychological assessment, proteomics, molecular neurology.

2000 - 2001 Prototypes: Inter-Community Network - Clinician

  • Psychosocial assessments and therapy with persons having persistent mental illness.

1999 - 2000 University of Southern California, ADRC - Geriatric Neuropsychology

  • J. Galen Buckwalter, PhD
  • Neuropsychology and data analyses for neuropsychology of aging

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