Michael R. Basso, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Michael Basso

McFarlin Associate Professor of PsychologyDirector of Clinical TrainingLorton Hall 307-B
michael-basso@utulsa.eduCenter for Research EthicsCurriculum Vita

Dr. Basso's research concerns the study of brain-behavior relationships in people with multiple sclerosis or severe mental illness. In particular, he investigates correlates of neuropsychological dysfunction in these disorders. Recent representative publications concern memory remediation in people with multiple sclerosis, and neuropsychological dysfunction in people with major depression. He recently completed a multi-year NIH funded project involving people with multiple sclerosis. This project examined whether neuropsychological impairment corresponds with an inability to provide competent informed consent to participate as a medical research subject. By extension, this research will have implications for clinic settings wherein a person with multiple sclerosis may have questionable ability to make medical treatment decisions because of cognitive impairment.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • 1994-1996 -- Post-doctoral Fellowship, Clinical Neuropsychology, Department of Psychiatry, Ohio State University Medical Center
  • 1993-1994 -- Internship, VA Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1989-1994 -- Ph.D., Psychology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. APA Full Accreditation
  • 1987-1989 -- M.A., Psychology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. APA Full Accreditation
  • 1983-1987 -- B.S. with distinction, Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Consulting Editor Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
  • Consulting Editor Neuropsychology Review
  • Ad hoc reviewer for 19 journals & Grant reviewer: National Institutes of Health
  • Chair, Ethics Subcommittee, Division 40, APA
  • Clinical Advisory Council, National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Southwestern Region
  • 2008 -- Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Certificate Number 6436 1997
  • Licensed Psychologist—Oklahoma, License Number 800
  • Licensed Psychologist—Ohio, License Number 5119

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, Division 40, American Psychological Association
  • International Neuropsychological Society

Courses Taught at TU

  • Clinical Assessment: Intellectual (Psy 7113)
  • Psychopathology (Psy 7153)
  • Clinical Neuropsychology (PSY 8053)

Awards & Recognition

  • 2007 Elected Fellow of Division 40, Clinical Neuropsychology, American Psychological Association
  • 2005 Blue Ribbon Award for outstanding research contribution to Annual Meeting of Division 40, American Psychological Association
  • 2001 Recipient of New Investigator Award from the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit, National Institute of Mental Health
  • 2001 Recipient of Medicine Wheel Award for distinguished community service, University of Tulsa
  • 1997 Winner of Nelson Butters Award for best paper presented by a post-doctoral researcher at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Orlando, Florida. Title of Winning project, “Relative memory deficits in recurrent- vs. first-episode depression.”
  • 1994 Winner of Phillip Rennick Award for best paper presented by a graduate student at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Cincinnati, Ohio. Title of nominated project, "Positive and negative mood effects on global-local visual processing."
  • 1992 Psychology Department nominee for Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship, University of Cincinnati
  • 1992 University Research Council Summer Fellowship, University of Cincinnati
  • 1988 Graduate School Fellow, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
  • 1987 Edmund J. James Scholar, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


  • Social Cognition and Social Functioning in Non-Clinical Paranoia
    Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. Combs, D.R., Finn, J.A., Wohlfahrt, W., Penn, D.L., & Basso, M.R. (in press).
  • An Examination of the Benefits of Combining Two Learning Strategies on Memory of Functional Information in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis
    Goverover, Y., Basso, M., Wood, H., Chiaravalloti, N., & DeLuca, J. Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Executive function in eating disorders: The role of state anxiety
    Billingsley-Marshall, R. L., Basso, M. R., Lund, B. C., Hernandez, E. R., Johnson, C. L., Drevets, W. C., McKee, P. A., & Yates, W. R. (2013). International Journal of Eating Disorders, 46, 316-321
  • Effects of practice on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV across 3- and 6-months
    Estevis, E.*, Basso, M. R., & Combs, D. (2012). The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 26, 339-354.
  • Self-generation enhances verbal recall in individuals infected with HIV
    Weber, E.*, Woods, S. P., Kellogg, E., Grant, I., Basso, M. R., & The HNRP Group. (2012). Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18, 128-133.
  • Neuropsychological correlates of symptom dimensions in inpatients with major depressive disorder
    Basso, M. R., Combs, D., Purdie, R., Candilis, P., & Bornstein, R. A. (2013). Psychiatry Research, 207, 61-67.
  • An Examination of Social Cognition, Neurocognition, and Symptoms as Predictors of Social Functioning in Schizophrenia
    Combs, D.R., Waguspack, J., Chapman, D., Penn, D.L. & Basso, M.R. (in press). Schizophrenia Research
  • Attention Shaping As a Means to Improve Emotion Perception Deficits in Outpatients with Schizophrenia and Impaired Controls
    Combs, D.R., Chapman, D.C., Waguspack, J., Basso, M.R., & Penn, D.L., (in press). Schizophrenia Research.
  • Capacity to make medical treatment decisions in multiple sclerosis: A potentially remediable deficit
    Basso, M.R., Ghormley, C., Candilis, P.J., Combs, D.R., Johnson, J., & Ward, T. (2010). Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 32, 1050-1061.
  • Social Cognition and Interaction Training (SCIT) for Schizophrenia: Six month follow-up results
    Combs, D.R., Penn, D.L., Ledet, S., Tiegreen, J., Nelson, A., Basso, M.R., Elerson, K. (2009). Schizophrenia Research, 112, 196-197.