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David Harrison

David Harrison

Faculty, Department of Psychology
Core Faculty, Clinical Science
Faculty, Biological Psychology
Supervising Faculty, Psychological Services Center
Director, Behavioral Neuroscience Lab

David W. Harrison, Ph.D.
Dr. Harrison, a licensed clinical neuropsychologist, is Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory and an Associate Professor within the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech. He is the director of Neuropsychological & Counseling Services at HCA Columbia Lewis Gale Medical Center in Roanoke, Virginia and recently served as the team Neuropsychologist for the New Orleans Saints Summer Training Camp at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.

Dr. Harrison received his Bachelor of Science “with highest distinction” in psychology/biology from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Science degree in biopsychology from the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in biological psychology/neuropsychology from the University of Georgia and went on to complete a three-year clinical post-doctoral fellowship and residency in neuropsychology, geriatrics, and behavioral medicine. During this time, he served on the faculty at the University of Georgia.

Upon completion of his post-doctoral fellowship and faculty appointment at Georgia, he accepted an appointment as the Director of the Laboratory of Neuropsychology within the Department of Psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a Charter Member of the American Psychological Society and a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He has published extensively with theoretical developments in the areas of clinical, behavioral, cognitive, and affective neuroscience.

He has received research grant support from Nisei Electronics, Japan; North American Philips Corporation; U. S. Pharmaceuticals Group, Pfizer, Incorporated and Eisai, Incorporated; the Hershey Company, Hershey Pennsylvania; the Cranberry Institute; and the Veterans Administration Medical Center; among other funding sources.

He has received teaching awards and recognition, including Students’ Choice for “Favorite Professor Award;” and was Rate VT Teachers (“an independent rating service with 8000+ user-submitted evaluations of 2000+ teachers”) “10 Best Rated Professors.” He was a Sporn Teaching Award Finalist (1987; 2000; 2001; 2003; 2004; 2005) when the award was a Virginia Tech student owned project. He has also received Columbia HCA Lewis Gale Medical Center's "Pineapple Award" for professionalism, courtesy, and caring.

He has authored/co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, including books, book chapters and journal articles with his students in the fields of clinical neuropsychology and neuroscience. His recent book, entitled Brain Asymmetry & Neural Systems: Foundations in Clinical Neuroscience and Neuropsychology was on the Springer International Publishing Company (Biomedical Neuroscience) “best seller list” (top 25 percent) in 2015, 2016, and 2017 with some 40,000 online downloads. This was Springer’s “Featured Book in Biomedical Neuroscience,” for the Society for Neuroscience (SFN, 2015). He has presented numerous scientific papers at regional, national, and international science conventions within the domain of clinical and experimental neuroscience.


  • Director, Neuropsychological & Counseling Services, Columbia HCA Lewis Gale Medical Center, Salem, VA
  • Director, Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico


  • Affective, Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychopathology - Brain Disorders
  • Cerebral Asymmetry or Brain Laterality
  • Autonomic Nervous System
  • Lateralization of the Sympathetic & Parasympathetic Systems

Courses Taught

  • HCA Columbia Lewis Gale Medical Center Clinical Externship: Clinical Neuroscience & Neuropsychopathology
  • 6924 - Clinical Neuroscience & Neuropsychology
  • 5904 - Biological Bases of Behavior
  • 4662 - Senior Seminar in Clinical Neuroscience
  • 2064 - Nervous Systems & Behavior
  • 2004 - Large Sections of Introductory Psychology


  • Harrison, D. W. (2015). Brain Asymmetry & Neural Systems: Foundations in Clinical Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer International Publishing (Biomedical Neuroscience), Switzerland.
  • Carmona, J. E., Holland, A. K., & Harrison, D. W. (2009). Extending the functional cerebral systems theory of emotion to the vestibular modality: A systematic and integrative approach.. Psychological Bulletin.
  • Holland, A. K., Carmona, J. E., & Harrison, D. W. (2012). An extension of the functional
  • cerebral systems approach to hostility: A capacity model utilizing a dual concurrent task
  • paradigm. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 34(1), 92-106.
  • Mollet, G. A., & Harrison, D. W. (2009). Neuropsychological effects of hostility and pain on emotion perception.. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.
  • Mitchell & Harrison (2009). Neuropsychological effects of hostility and pain on emotion perception.. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 1 - 18.
  • Crews, W.D., Harrison, D.W., Keiser, A.M. & Kunze, C.M. (2009). The Memory Screening Outreach Program: Findings from a large community-based sample of middle-aged and older adults.. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 1697 - 1703.
  • Everhart, D. E., Demaree, H. A., & Harrison, D. W. (2008). The influence of hostility on electroencephalagraphic activity and memory functioning during an affective memory task.. Clinical Neurophysiology, 119, 134 - 143.
  • Foster, P. S., Harrison, D. W., Crucian, G. P., Drago, V., Rhodes, R. D., & Heilman, K. M. (2008). . Developmental Neuropsychology, 33, 25 - 43.
  • Cox, D., & Harrison, D. W. (2008). . Brain Structure and Function, 212, 371 - 385.
  • Crews, W. D., Harrison, D. W., & Wright, J. D. (2008). . American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 87, 872 - 880.
  • Foster, P. S., & Harrison, D. W., Crucian, G. P., Rhodes, R. D., Drago, V., & Heilman, K. M. (2008). Emotional influences on spatial attention.. Neuropsychology, 22(1), 127 - 135.
  • Demaree, H. A., Everhart, D. E., Youngstrom, E. A., & Harrison, D. W. (2005). Brain lateralization of emotional processing: Historical roots and a future incorporating “dominance”.. Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Reviews.
  • Foster, P. S., & Harrison, D. W. (2005). Foster, P. S., & Harrison, D. W. (2005). The Ruff Figural Fluency Test: Heightened right frontal lobe delta activity as a function of performance.. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 427 -434.
  • Foster, P.S., Harrison, D.W. Drago, V. & Heilman, K.M. (2008). Cerebral moderation of cardiovascular functioning: A functional cerebral systems perspective.. Clinical Neurophysiology, 2846 - 2854.

    David Harrison

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