Benjamin T. Mast, PhD, ABPP

Professor & Chair

Life Sciences Building, 317


  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University
  • B.A. Psychology, Calvin College

Research Interest

Dementia, late life depression, geriatric assessment, person-centered perspectives on Alzheimer's disease.


Recent Publications

  • Strong, J., & Mast, B.T. (2019). The cognitive functioning of older adult instrumental musicians and non-musicians. Aging, Neuropsychology, & Cognition.
  • Mast, B.T., & Digasbarro, D. (2019).  Capacity Assessment Across Functional Domains in Later Life.  Oxford Research Encyclopedia.
  • Flaherty, L.B., Midden, A., & Mast, B.T. (2018).  Psychometric evaluation of the symptoms of dementia screener (SDS) in a geriatric primary care population.  Clinical Gerontologist.
  • Midden, A., & Mast, B.T. (2017) “IRT Analysis of the Frontal Systems Behavior Scale for Detecting Cognitive Impairment in Primary Care” Clinical Gerontologist.
  • Midden, A., & Mast, B.T. (2017) “Differential item functioning analysis of items on the Geriatric Depression Scale-15 based on presence or absence of cognitive impairment”  Aging & Mental Health
  • Meeks, S., Van Haitsma, K., Mast, B.T., Arnold, S., Streim, J.E., Sephton, S., Smith, P.J., Kleban, M., & Rovine, M. (2016).  Psychological and social resources related to biomarkers of allostasis in newly admitted nursing home residents.  Aging & Mental Health, 20, 88-99.
  • Gerstenecker, A., & Mast, B.T. (2015) Mild cognitive impairment: a history and the state of current diagnostic criteria. International Psychogeriatrics, 27, 199-211
  • Mast, B.T., Shouse, J.N., & Camp, C. (2015).  Person-centered assessment and intervention for people with dementia.  In P.A. Lichtenberg & B.T. Mast (Eds.) Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Courses Often Taught

  • Aging: Science & Stories
  • Clinical Geropsychology
  • Adult Neuropsychology
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment