In recognition of her innovative and influential work in clinical neuropsychology, Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe has earned promotion to Regents Professor, the highest faculty rank at WSU.

Her real-world work is having a profound impact on the assessment and care of older adults suffering from cognitive impairment. The interventions she has developed support and extend these individuals’ functional independence and her novel rehabilitation techniques and technologies also reduce caregiver burdens and improve patients’ quality of life. Her research, cited thousands of times in scholarly literature, bridges the disciplines of psychology, gerontology, computer science, and engineering, and some of her papers are considered classics in the field.

Schmitter-Edgecombe is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. She serves on editorial boards of four leading neuropsychology journals and has served on program and grant review panels for federal agencies. In 2018, she chaired the National Academy of Neuropsychology Annual Conference. She regularly mentors undergraduate researchers and many of the doctoral students she has trained are making significant contributions in the field of clinical neuropsychology.

The rank of Regents Professor can be held by no more than 30 Washington State University faculty members at any one time. Promotion requires service to the university for at least seven years and attainment of the highest level of professional achievement.

With the addition of Schmitter-Edgecombe in August, nine CAS faculty will hold the honor of Regents Professor. The other eight are Sue Clark, Don Dillman, Yogendra Gupta, Kerry Hipps, Timothy Kohler, Mark Kuzyk, Debbie Lee, and Greg Yasinitsky.