Thomas Parsons

Professor / Director of Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation (CNS) Laboratory


PD,University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine,2006.

  • Major: Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Degree Specialization: Deep Brain Stimulation

PhD, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology (APA Accredited), 2004.

  • Major: Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology Emphasis)

MA, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2001.

  • Major: Philosophy of Religion/Theology

MA, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology (APA Accredited), 2000.

  • Major: Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology Emphasis)

Research Interests 

Thomas D. Parsons, Ph.D. is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, Professor, USAF Veteran, and Director of the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation (CNS) Laboratory. Prior to UNT, he was on faculty at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies. Much of Dr. Parsons's research integrates neuropsychology, psychophysiology, and simulation technologies for novel assessment, modeling, and training of neurocognitive and affective processes. He is a leading scientist in this area and he has been PI of 17 funded projects during his career and an investigator on an additional 13 funded projects (over $15 million in funding). In addition to his patents for's Matching System (U.S. Patent Nos. 2004/6735568; 2014/0180942 A1), he has invented and validated virtual reality-based neuropsychological assessments. In addition to his five books, he has over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. His contributions to neuropsychology were recognized when he received the 2013 National Academy of Neuropsychology Early Career Achievement award. In 2014, he was awarded Fellow status in the National Academy of Neuropsychology.




  • Parsons, T.D. (2019).  Ethical Challenges in Digital Psychology and Cyberpsychology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Parsons, T.D. (2017).  Cyberpsychology and the Brain: The Interaction of Neuroscience and Affective Computing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Parsons, T.D. (2016).  Clinical Neuropsychology and Technology: What’s New and How We Can Use It. New York: Springer Press.


  • Parsons, T.D., & Duffield, T. (2019). National Institutes of Health initiatives for advancing scientific developments in clinical neuropsychology. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 33, 246-270.
  • Parsons, T.D., McMahan, T., & Kane, R. (2018). Practice parameters facilitating adoption of advanced technologies for enhancing neuropsychological assessment paradigms. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 32, 16-41.