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Amarilis Acevedo, Ph.D.

Amarilis Acevedo
Associate Professor
Full-Time Faculty, Department of Clinical and School Psychology
(954) 262-5741
Office: Maltz 1076


  • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Professional Interests

Amarilis Acevedo, Ph.D., completed a doctoral degree in physiological psychology at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1989. After teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in physiological psychology and related fields for several years, Dr. Acevedo respecialized in clinical psychology at the APA-accredited clinical psychology program at the University of Hawaii. She then completed a neuropsychology internship at the Boston V.A. Medical Center in 1997. In 1998, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in forensic neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology of the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Acevedo has been licensed as a psychologist in the State of Florida since 1998. She became board certified in clinical neuropsychology in 2000.

Dr. Acevedo has been a co-investigator in several research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). She has published in peer reviewed journals in areas related to early prediction of cognitive decline in English- and Spanish-speaking elders, cognitive interventions in patients with Alzheimer's disease, and the development of new tests to identify early memory loss among the elderly. One of her areas of expertise, and the subject of several of her scientific publications, book chapters, professional presentations, and interviews on radio and television, is the cognitive assessment of individuals of heterogeneous ethno-cultural/linguistic backgrounds and the early detection and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Dr. Acevedo teaches a number of courses for the doctoral program including psychobiological bases of behavior, psychopathology, psychopharmacology, developmental aging, and assessment. Dr. Acevedo is also a Clinical Associate Professor of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine at the NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she is a co-investigator in an NIH-funded project that aims to develop and validate a measure to assess health literacy among English- and Spanish-speaking adults.

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