Jeffrey T. Barth, PhD, ABPP-CN, received his Bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University in 1971 and his doctoral degree in Psychology in 1976 from the George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He completed his internship in 1977 at the Ft. Logan Mental Health Center in Denver, Colorado and was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Virginia Medical School. He holds the diplomate certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology and has received several distinguished teaching awards. Dr. Barth is past president of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, current president of the National Academy of Neuropsychology Foundation Board of Trustees, past president of the Virginia Psychological Association, and holds the emeritus distinction of the Virginia Psychological Foundation. He is on the editorial board of 10 scientific journals, has co-authored or edited three books and over 230 scholarly articles and book chapters. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his research on the neuropsychological sequelae of mild traumatic brain injury and concussion, and he has been involved as a co-investigator and consultant on over 20 funded research grants. He is a member of the NFL Players Association Concussion Committee and works with the Department of Defense and the American Academy of Neurology on the development of concussion management guidelines.
Dr. Barth presently holds the position of Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, with joint appointments in the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UVA Medical and Engineering Schools. He is the Founder of the Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Institute, and he has been the PI and Senior Scientist for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center: Charlottesville. In 1992 he was awarded the John Edward Fowler Professorship in Clinical Psychology, an endowed chair in the UVA Eminent Scholars Program. He is the recipient of the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s 2005 Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award for lifetime achievements in the field of Neuropsychology, the 2006 Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychology’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions in Clinical Psychology Award, and the 2012 Distinguished Service Award of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. In 2013 he received the “Toggle” Award from the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services for his dedication and leadership in serving veterans with brain injuries., and he was honored with the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sports Neuropsychology Society.
Dr. Barth is best known for his pioneering work on mild traumatic brain injury and sports concussion, and the Sports as a Laboratory Assessment Model (SLAM) for brief baseline and post-injury neurocognitive evaluation of athletes. This method of pre and post-concussion assessment has become the foundation for mild TBI evaluation and management for athlete safety and return-to-play decision-making in the NFL, NHL, NCAA, and many high school programs across the US.