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Author of the Month: Kenneth M. Heilman

Dr. Kenneth M. Heilman

Kenneth M. Heilman, MD, the James E. Rooks Jr. Distinguished Professor of Neurology and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, has described several new diseases and is the author or editor of 14 books, 100 textbook chapters, and 500 research journal publications about brain-behavior relations. He is listed in Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Doctors and Who’s Who. He has trained approximately 70 postdoctoral fellows, many of whom are now leaders in neurology and neuropsychology. 

Most recently, Dr. Heilman is the author of The Believer's Brain    

Kenneth M. Heilman received his M.D. from the University of Virginia in 1963, was a Medicine PGY 1&2 at Cornell-Bellevue Hospital (1963-65), and an Air Force Captain and Chief of Medicine at NATO Hospital, Izmir, Turkey (1965-1967). He took a Neurology residency and fellowship at the Harvard Neurological Unit of Boston City (1967-1970), mentored by Drs. Denny-Brown and Geschwind. He joined the faculty at the University of Florida (1970) as an Assistant Professor, promoted to Associate Professor in 1973 and Professor in 1975. He is now the James E Rooks, Jr Distinguished Professor. Between 1996 and 2009 he was Chief of the Neurology Service at the Gainesville VA. He is listed in multiple editions of the Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Doctors and Who’s Who. As Director of the Behavioral Neurology-Dementia Post-Doctoral program which has trained more than 70 post-doctoral fellows, the majority of who hold academic positions and several of whom are now leaders in academic neurology, neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience.

Heilman’s research has been supported by the VAMC and/or NIH for more than 40 years. He is the author or co-author or editor or co-editor of 14 books and more than 500 peer reviewed publications. He and his coworkers have described several new diseases/disorders and their treatment (e.g., orthostatic tremor), and helped to better understand many neurobehavioral disorders (e.g., emotional communication, sensory-motor neglect, anosognosia, and apraxia).

Dr. Heilman has received many honors: membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, Sigma Xi and the Dana Foundation, Clinical Research and the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the University of Florida, a past President and Distinguished Career Awards from both the International Neuropsychology Society (INS) and the Society for Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology. He is an Honorary Member of the American Neurological Association, a Fellow in the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and presented the Wartenberg Keynote Lecture Award at the AAN.

Most recently, Dr. Heilman is the author of The Believer's Brain   

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  1. The Believer's Brain

    Home of the Religious and Spiritual Mind

    By Kenneth M. Heilman, Russell S. Donda

    About 90% of people have faith in a supreme being, but our yearning for the divine, and whatever it promises, involves a large divergence in mental states and behaviors. Some adhere to doctrine, supplication, and fastidious religious practices; others have a strong sense they are part of something...

    Published January 22nd 2014 by Psychology Press

  2. Creativity and the Brain

    By Kenneth M. Heilman

    In Creativity and the Brain, Kenneth Heilman explores the possible brain mechanisms which underlie creativity, by reviewing the existing evidence and putting forward new ideas. On the way, he discusses the relationships between creativity and intelligence, brain anatomy, neuropharmacology,...

    To Be Published December 19th 2014 by Psychology Press

  3. Apraxia

    The Neuropsychology of Action

    Edited by Leslie J. Gonzalez Rothi, Kenneth M. Heilman

    Series: Brain, Behaviour and Cognition

    The purpose of this book is to provide the reader with a perspective on apraxia that considers a link between the pathology of apraxia and normal motor skill. In addition, it is the intention of the authors to provide information that is theoretically interesting as well as clinically applicable....

    Published May 15th 1997 by Psychology Press