James C. Root, PhD

About Me

I am a neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and also hold an appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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My clinical expertise is in the assessment of cognitive abilities (e.g., memory, attention, language, executive functioning) in adults and adolescents following cancer diagnosis and treatment. Two key areas of focus are the effects of chemotherapy treatment and hormone ablation therapy on cognition, particularly in older individuals.

My research focuses on the cognitive effects of cancer diagnosis and treatment (including surgical intervention, anesthetic treatment, and chemotherapy treatment) within the Neurocognitive Research Laboratory headed by Dr. Tim Ahles. I utilize neuroimaging techniques to investigate the effects of cancer treatment on cognition, as well as on brain structure and function.

I completed my postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a second fellowship in neuroimaging at Weill Cornell Medical College. I also completed a predoctoral residency in neuropsychology at Yale University School of Medicine.

I am an active member of the International Neuropsychological Society, the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, and the American Psychological Association.

  • Clinical Expertise: Neuropsychology
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: PhD, New School for Social Research (New York)
  • Residencies: Yale University School of Medicine
  • Fellowships: Weill Cornell Medical College; College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University


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Clinical Trials

Research is integral to our mission at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and clinical trials help us discover better forms of patient care and treatment. For you, this could mean access to a new therapy or therapy combination. Click to see a list of the trials I’m currently leading.

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