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Rafael Klorman

  • Professor of Psychology

PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1972

453 Meliora Hall
(585) 275-2595

Office Hours: By appointment

Research Overview

Professor Klorman is retired and does not supervise graduate students.

Professor Klorman's research interests include childhood externalizing and learning disorders, executive functions, emotion, psychophysiology, psychopharmacology, and psychopathology. Professor Klorman cannot accept new graduate students.

Professor Klorman is interested in using brain event-related potentials to aid in understanding cognitive disturbances in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and related disturbances. One line of his research utilizes blind trials of methylphenidate and placebo to assess the clinical and cognitive impact of these drugs during information processing. These studies have been conducted with normal subjects as well as patients with a range of comorbid disorders, including dyslexia and aggressive disorders. In particular, the research attempts to identify dysfunctions involving specific aspects of inhibition processes that are aberrant in these conditions and modified by stimulant drugs. In addition, Professor Klorman is collaborating with Tristram Smith (Department of Pediatrics) in the prediction of immediate and long-term effects of early intensive behavioral intervention for children with autism.

Selected Publications


  • Smith, T., Klorman, R., & Mruzek, D.W. (2015). Predicting outcome of community-based early intensive behavioral intervention for children with autism. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43, 1271-1282.
  • Gorman Bozorgpour, E.B., Klorman, R., & Gift, T.E. (2013). Effects of subtype of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in adults on Lateralized Readiness Potentials during a Go/No-Go choice reaction time task. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 868-878.
  • Moynihan, J.A., Chapman, B.P., Klorman, R., Krasner, M.S., Brown, K.W., & Talbot, N.L. (2013). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for older adults: Effects on executive function, left-frontal brain activation and immune function. Neuropsychobiology, 68, 34-43.
  • Jacobson, J.L., Dodge, N.C., Burden, M.J., Klorman, R., & Jacobson, S.W. (2011). Number processing  in adolescents with prenatal alcohol exposure and ADHD: Differences in the neurobehavioral phenotype. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 35, 431-442.
  • Burden, M.J., Jacobson, S.W., Nelson, C.A., Westerlund, A.J., Klorman, R., Avison, M.J., Sokol, R.J., & Jacobson, J.L. (2010). An event-related potential study of response inhibition in ADHD with and without prenatal alcohol exposure. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 34, 617-627.