Daniel C. Marson, J.D., Ph.D. (2)

MarsonProfessor of Neurology
Director, Division of Neuropsychology
Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center


Professional Background:
J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1981; Ph.D., Northwestern University Medical School, 1990
Email: dmarson@uab.edu
Office: SC 650K, 1720 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294-0017


Personal Info:

Dr. Marson is a Professor with tenure and Director of the Division of Neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology.  He is in charge of all departmental clinical inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological services, and all drug study and research-related neuropsychological services. Since 2005, Dr. Marson has also been director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center at UAB, where he oversees the Center's clinical, educational, and research activities.

Dr. Marson graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1976 from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota.   He obtained a J.D. in 1981 from the University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois, and practiced law in both private and public settings before pursuing clinical neuropsychology. 

He received a Ph.D. in 1990 in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois, with a geropsychology specialization (Older Adult Program).  As part of his training, he completed a one year  internship in clinical neuropsychology at West Side VAMC in Chicago, Illinois.  He subsequently received post-doctoral supervision in neuropsychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

In his clinical practice and research, Dr. Marson focuses on geriatric neuropsychology, primarily treating and studying patients with neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and frontotemporal dementia.  He also sees forensic cases involving issues of financial capacity, testamentary capacity, and personal injury.

In his research, Dr. Marson has investigated loss of decisional and higher order functional abilities in patients with dementia and other neurocognitive disorders.  He has received funding through the NIH to study the effects of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's disease on everyday financial abilities, and hopes to establish guidelines to determine when individuals with Alzheimer's disease can no longer manage their personal and family finances. 

"Patients with MCI and mild Alzheimer's disease rapidly lose the ability to manage their money and make sound financial judgments. In addition to forgetting to pay bills, they could inadvertently throw away their life savings. Such patients are also extremely vulnerable to financial exploitation by others," says Marson.

Dr. Marson has also has received NIH funding to investigate loss and recovery of medical decision-making capacity in patients with traumatic brain injury.

At the national level, Dr. Marson is a member of the American Psychological Association's newly formed Committee on Human Research.  He is a member and former Chair of the Internal Ethics Committee of the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study funded by the NIA.  He recently served as a chartered member of the Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging (APDA) study section at the NIH Center for Scientific Review. 

Dr. Marson is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN).  He previously chaired NAN's Conflict of Interest Task Force and served on its first conflict of interest committee.   Dr. Marson is also an elected Member of the American Neurological Association.  

On a more personal note, music has always been a major part of Dr. Marson's life. He is a lover of blues and jazz, and has played the diatonic harmonica for over 40 years as a musician and band leader.  He has also published in the jazz magazine Downbeat. 


Specialty / Interests

  • Financial competency in dementia
  • Capacity to consent to treatment and research in dementia
  • Law and ethics in dementia
  • Neuropsychology of Alzheimer's disease
  • Forensic neuropsychology
  • Autism


Recent Publications (2010 - 2011):

  •  Widera, E., Steenpaas, V., Marson, D., Sudore, R. (2011). Finances in the older patient with cognitive impairment. Journal of the American Medical Association. 305 (7): 698-706.
  • Griffith, H.R., Stewart, C.C., Stoeckel, L.E., Okonkwo, O.C., den Hollander, J.A., Martin, R.C., Belue, K., Copeland, J.N., Harrell, L.E., Brockington, J.C., Clark, D.G., Marson, D.C. (2010). MRI volume of the angular gyri predicts financial skill deficits in people with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 58: 265-274.
  • Marson, D., Martin, R., Triebel, K., Nabors, L.B. (2010). Capacity to consent to research participation in adults with malignant brain tumors. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 28(24): 3844-3850
  • Triebel, K., Okonkwo, O.C., Martin, R., Griffith, H.R., Crowther, M. & Marson, D. (2010). Financial capacity of African-Americans with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Alzheimer's Disease and Associated Disorders. 24 (4): 365-371

  

Other Selected Publications (1988 -  2009)

    • Marson, D., McGovern, M., & Pomp, H. (1988). Psychiatric decision making in the emergency room: a research overview. American Journal of Psychiatry, 145: 918‑925.
    • Marson, D., Schmitt, F., Ingram, K., & Harrell, L. (1994). Determining the capacity of Alzheimer's patients to consent to treatment and research. Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders. 8:(Suppl. 4):5-18.
    • Marson, D., Ingram, K., Cody, H., & Harrell, L. (1995). Assessing the competency of Alzheimer's disease patients under different legal standards: A prototype instrument. Archives of Neurology, 52 (10): 949-954.
    • Marson, D., Chatterjee A., Ingram K., Harrell, L. (1996). Toward a neurologic model of competency: Cognitive predictors of capacity to consent in Alzheimer's disease using three different legal standards. Neurology, 46: 666-672.
    •  Marson, D., Ingram K. (1996). Competency to consent to treatment: A growing field of research. Journal of Ethics, Law and Aging. 2: 59-63.
    • Marson, D., McInturff, B., Hawkins, L., Harrell, L. (1997). Consistency of physician judgments of capacity to consent in mild Alzheimer's disease. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 45: 453-457.
    • Marson, D., Hawkins, L., McInturff, B., Harrell, L. (1997). Cognitive models that predict physician judgments of capacity to consent in mild Alzheimer's disease. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 45: 458-464.
    • Marson, D., Harrell, L. (1999). Executive dysfunction and loss of capacity to consent to medical treatment in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Seminars in Clinical Neuropsychiatry. 4: 41-49.
    • Marson, D., Annis, S., McInturff, B., Bartolucci, A. & Harrell, L. (1999). Error behaviors associated with loss of competency in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Neurology. 53: 1983-1992.
    • Marson, D., Sawrie, S., McInturff, B., Snyder, S., Chatterjee, A., Stalvey, T., Boothe, A. & Harrell, L. (2000). Assessing financial capacity in patients with Alzheimer's disease: A conceptual model and prototype instrument. Archives of Neurology, 57: 877-884.
    •  Marson, D., Earnst, K., Farruhk, J., Bartolucci, A. & Harrell, L. (2000). Consistency of physicians' legal standard and personal judgments of competency in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 48: 911-918.
    • Earnst, K., Marson, D. & Harrell, L. (2000). Cognitive models that predict physicians' legal standard and personal judgments of competency in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 48: 919-927.
    • Earnst, K., Wadley, V., Aldridge, T., Steenwyk, Amy., Hammond, A., Harrell, L. & Marson, D. (2001). Loss of financial capacity in Alzheimer's disease: The role of working memory. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. 8: 109-119.
    • Dymek, M., Atchison, P., Harrell, L. & Marson, D. (2001). Competency to consent to medical treatment in cognitively impaired patients with Parkinson's disease. Neurology. 56: 17-24.
    • Marson, D. (2001). Loss of competency in Alzheimer's disease: Conceptual and psychometric approaches. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. 24: 267-283.
    •  Marson, D. (2001). Loss of financial competency in dementia: Conceptual and empirical approaches. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. 8: 164-181.
    •  Marson, D. (2002). Competency assessment and research in an aging society. Generations. Spring Issue: 99-103.
    • Griffith, H.R., Belue, K., Sicola, A., Krzywanski, S., Zamrini, E., Harrell, L, and Marson, D. (2003). Impaired financial abilities in mild cognitive impairment: A direct assessment approach. Neurology. 60: 449-457.
    •  Wadley, V., Harrell, L., and Marson, D. (2003). Self and informant report of financial abilities in patients with Alzheimer's disease: Reliable and valid? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 51: 1621-1626.
    •  Martin, R., Annis, S., Zebley, L., Wadley, V., Harrell, L., and Marson, D. (2003). Loss of calculation abilities in patients with mild and moderate Alzheimer's disease. Archives of Neurology. 60: 1585-1589.
    • Marson, D., Huthwaite, J. and Hebert, K. (2004). Testamentary capacity and undue influence in the elderly: A jurisprudent therapy perspective. Law and Psychology Review. 28:71-96.
    • Marson, D., Dreer, L., Krzywanski, S., Huthwaite, J., DeVivo, M. and Novack, T. (2005). Impairment and partial recovery of medical decision-making capacity in traumatic brain injury: A six month longitudinal study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 86: 889-895.
    • Marson, D., Savage, R., Phillips, J. (2006). Financial capacity in persons with schizophrenia and serious mental illness: Clinical and research ethics aspects. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 32 (1): 81-91.
    • Huthwaite, J., Martin, R., Griffith, H.R., Anderson, B., Harrell, L, and Marson, D. (2006). Declining medical decision-making capacity in mild Alzheimer's disease: A two-year longitudinal study. Behavioral Sciences and the Law. 24: 453-463.
    • Marson, D., Wheat, G. (2006). Howard Levy's blues in 12 keys on C diatonic harmonica. Downbeat. Volume 73, Number 8 (August): 82-83.
    • Moye, J. Marson, D.C. (2007). Assessment of decision-making capacity in older adults: an emerging area of practice and research. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. 62: P3-P11.
    • Moye, J., Butz, S., Marson, D.C. Wood, E. (2007). A conceptual framework and template for assessments of capacity in adult guardianship proceedings. The Gerontologist, 47: 591-603.
    • Okonkwo, O., Griffith, H.R., Belue, K., Lanza, S., Zamrini, E., Harrell, L.E., Brockington, J.C., Clark, D., Raman, R., Marson, D.C. (2007). Medical decision-making capacity in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Neurology. 69: 1528-1535.
    • Griffith, H. R., den Hollander, J. A., Okonkwo, O., Belue, K. Lanza, S., Harrell, L. E., Brockington, J.C., Clark, D.G., Marson, D.C. (2007). Brain proton MRS is correlated with financial abilities in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 1, 23-29.
    • Martin, R., Griffith, R., Belue, K., Harrell, L., Zamrini, E., Anderson, B., Bartolucci, A. Marson, D. (2008). Declining financial capacity in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease: A one-year longitudinal study. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 16 (3): 209-219. On line publication-February 8, 2008.
    • Okonkwo, O., Griffith, H.R., Belue, K., Lanza, S., Zamrini, E., Harrell, L.E., Brockington, J.C., Clark, D., Raman, R., Marson, D.C. (2008). Cognitive models of medical decision-making capacity in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 14: 297-308.
    • Martin, R.C., Okonkwo, O., Hill, J., Griffith, H.R., Triebel, K., Bartolucci, A., Nicholas, A. P., Watts, R. L., Stover, N., Harrell, L.E. , Clark, D., Marson, D.C.. (2008). Medical decision-making capacity in cognitively impaired Parkinson's disease patients without dementia. Movement Disorders. 23 (13): 1867-1874
    •  Okonkwo, O., Wadley, V., Griffith, H.R., Belue, K., Zamrini, E., Harrell, L.E., Brockington, J.C., Clark, D., Marson, D.C. (2008). Awareness of deficits in financial abilities in patients with mild cognitive impairment: Going beyond self-informant discrepancy. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 16 (8): 650-659.
    •  Okonkwo, O., Griffith, H.R., Belue, K., Lanza, S., Zamrini, E., Harrell, L.E., Brockington, J.C., Clark, D., Raman, R., Marson, D.C. (2008). Medical decision-making capacity in patients with mild cognitive impairment: A three year longitudinal study. Neurology. 71: 1474-1480.
    • Dreer, L., DeVivo, M., Novack, T., Krzywanski, S., Marson, D.C. (2008). Cognitive predictors of medical decision-making capacity in patients with traumatic brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology. 53 (4): 486-497.
    • Marson, D.C.. Martin, R.C., Wadley, V., Griffith, H.R., Snyder, S., Belue, K., Goode, P., Kinney, C., Nicholas, A., Steele, T., Anderson, B., Zamrini, E., Raman, R., Bartolucci, A., Harrell, L.E. (2009). Clinical interview assessment of financial capacity in older adults with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 57: 806-814.
    • Sherod, M.G., Griffith, H.R., Copeland, J., Belue K., Krzywanski, S., Zamrini E.Y., Harrell, L.E., Clark, D.G., Brockington, J.C., Powers, R.E., Marson, D.C. (2009). Neurocognitive predictors of financial capacity across the dementia spectrum: normal aging, MCI, and Alzheimer's disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 15(2): 258-267.
    • Triebel, K., Martin, R., Griffith, H.R., Marceaux, M.A., Okonkwo, O.C., Harrell, L., Clark, D., Brockington, J., Powers, R., Bartolucci, A. & Marson, D. (2009). Declining financial capacity in patients with mild cognitive impairment: A one-year longitudinal study. Neurology. 73: 928-934.
    • Triebel, K., Martin, R., Nabors, L. B., & Marson, D. (2009). Medical decision-making capacity in patients with malignant glioma. Neurology. 73: 286-292.

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