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Peter Van Oot

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Peter grew up around animals and wanted to become a Vet. When that didn't pan out, he moved into psychology, then to biopsychology. Combining his interests he focused on neuropsychology in his doctoral program. He worked at VA medical centers, regional rehabilitation hospitals, private hospitals and clinics, and finally settled in an academic position preparing students for similar careers. Instead of vacations, he attends conferences, and uses his connections to help them start a professional network. His primary focus now is facilitating the paths of others.


  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychological Assessment

Research Areas

  • Neuropsychology or Neurobiology of any domain/experience/development
  • Personality change after trauma
  • Use of psychoactive medications in treating psychological disorders
  • Assessment of Adult ADHD, dementing disorders, learning disorders


  • Co-Chair, Review and Advisement Committee, JFKU
  • Director, JFKU Psychological Assessment Clinic
  • Coordinator, Written Comprehensive Exam
  • Coordinator, Clinical Proficiency Exam (Orals)
  • Consultant, Diversity Committee, Nat'l Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN)


  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, Penn State University, 1989
  • MA in Biopsychology, University of British Columbia, 1976
  • BA in Psychology, University of Delaware, 1973

Selected Publications

  • Van Oot, P.H. (2015).  Detection and management of malingering in clients.  Invited presentation for the Native American Health Center, Oakland, CA.
  • Faris, A., Van Oot, P.H., & McLean, A (2015). The aging brain: Differences in WAIS-IV coding subtest performance in older gay and straight men and women.  Paper presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Austin, TX.
  • Rattu, M., Wong, J., Bloxham, W., Buck, S., Forrester, J., Marqueling, S., Tripp, J., Van Oot, P.H., Peterzell, D., & McLean, A., (2015). Mitigation the impact of stress on decision making. Paper presented at the 18th annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV
  • Olson, K., Jacobson, K.K., & Van Oot, P. (2013). Ecological validity of pediatric neuropsychology measures: current state and future directions. Applied Neuropsychology: Child, 2(1), p. 17- 23.
  • Van Oot, P.H. & Borkovec, T.D. (1988). Biological barriers to the behavioral treatment of insomnia. In W. Linden, (ed.), Biological Barriers to Behavior Therapy. New York, Plenum Press.