Benjamin T. Mast, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville (Kentucky). Along with his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Wayne State University (WSU), he also received research training at the WSU Institute of Gerontology. Dr. Mast’s research on dementia and depression in late life has been published in peer-reviewed journals including American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, The Gerontologist, Clinical Gerontologist, Aging, Neuropsychology & Cognition, Biological Psychiatry, and Clinical Neuropsychologist. He has also contributed a chapter to the Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics. His awards include the New Investigator Award from the American Geriatrics Society and the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award from the Kentucky Psychological Association.
In addition to teaching courses on clinical assessment, geropsychology, and adult and geriatric neuropsychology, Dr. Mast is a licensed clinical psychologist involved in the assessment of late-life cognitive decline and mood changes, particularly in connection with dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease and vascular and frontotemporal dementia as well as other cognitive syndromes such as mild cognitive impairment (MCI). He also teaches and supervises doctoral students learning to conduct assessment and psychotherapy with older adults who are experiencing cognitive decline and depression.
Dr. Mast is active in the Gerontological Society of America and the Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs. Working closely with the Alzheimer’s Association, he has also conducted workshops and presentations for health care professionals, professional caregivers, family caregivers, and people experiencing dementia.