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John Denning PhD

John H. Denning PhD

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Assessment of Test Validity/Malingering in Veterans with cognitive complaints
  • Development of more efficient Performance Validity Tests (PVTs) to quickly screen for non-credible cognitive testing
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
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John Denning, Ph.D. [Neuropsychology-DVA]

Dr. Denning is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. He graduated from Furman University (B.A. Biology), received his M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Villanova University (Behavioral Neuroscience specialization), and Ph.D. in Clinical/Medical Psychology from Louisiana State University (Neuropsychology specialization). He completed his pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship at the University of Mississippi/DVA Consortium (Jackson, MS) and 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD). From 2006-2014 he was a staff Neuropsychologist with the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Alvin C. York VA Medical Center, Murfreesboro, TN) and the Neuropsychology Track supervisor for the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine/DVA Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium.

He currently provides general outpatient neuropsychological assessment as well as inpatient (medical/psychiatric) assessment services. Clinical interests include mTBI, cognitive impact of psychiatric disorders, and Mild Cognitive Impairment/Dementia. His research interests include the assessment of malingering/performance validity testing with special interest in developing more efficient measures as well as novel statistical combinations of cognitive validity measures.