Richard Keefe, PhD

Dr. Richard Keefe co-founded NeuroCog Trials, now VeraSci, in an effort to bring transformative, scientifically rigorous innovation to neurocognitive data collection in clinical trials. He has over 25 years of experience in clinical psychology, neuroscience, and drug development, and is globally recognized for his expertise in novel strategies for measuring treatment-related changes in human performance and behavior. As Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Keefe provides leadership across our scientific, technology, operational, and quality assurance teams, and maintains supportive relationships with key industry leaders and scientific advisors. Dr. Keefe’s responsive, engaged leadership and his commitment to scientific integrity are at the core of our company culture and service model.

In addition to his role at VeraSci, Dr. Keefe is Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences at Duke University Medical Center, and serves on the Editorial Board of Psychological Medicine, Schizophrenia Research, and Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience. He is a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and on the Scientific Board of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Dr. Keefe was President of the International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology from 2012 to 2014. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers on cognition and CNS disorders.

He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University and received his PhD in clinical psychology from NYU. He completed his clinical psychology internship at Yale University School of Medicine.

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