M. Douglas Ris, PhD


  • Texas Medical Center



Phone: 832-822-3700
Fax: (832) 825-4164

Contact Information

6701 Fannin
Suite 1630
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Chief, Psychology Service
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Psychology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Wayne State University postgraduate education Doctor of Philosophy 1982
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine internship Clinical Psychology 1982
Henry Ford Health System internship Clinical Neuropsychology 1981
Michigan State University university Bachelor of Science
Texas A&M University university Master of Science


As a Pediatric Neuropsychologist, I am interested in the complex cognitive, behavioral, and socioemotional effects of developmental and acquired brain abnormalities/injuries. Such information acquired through formal evaluation can be useful in diagnosing brain injury or dysfunction, tracking a progressive or resolving clinical course, understanding the functional consequences, and recommending interventions through school or otherwise to address these deficits. In making such recommendations, it is equally important to consider how relative neuropsychological strengths/assets can be used to promote development.

I am actively involved in research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health focusing on the neurodevelopment of children who have been treated for brain tumors. My previous grant funded research addressed other kinds of injuries and developmental disorders, including spina bifida, sickle cell disease, traumatic brain injury, systemic lupus erythematosus, non-verbal learning disability, neurotoxic effects of lead, and phenyketonuria.

Dr. Ris is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) Member
American Psychological Association (APA) Fellow
Children's Oncology Group (COG) Member, Behavioral Science Committee
Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), APA Member
International Neuropsychological Society Member

Selected Publications