Matthew Rizzo, MD


Specialty: Neuroergonomics
Professor of Neurology
Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Contact Information

Primary Office: S701 GH
Iowa City, IA 52242

Web: Neuroergonomics


AB, Columbia University
MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Internship, Internal Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Residency, Neurology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Fellowship, Neurology - Behavioral Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Licensure and Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certification

Research Summary

Matthew Rizzo is a Professor in the Department of Neurology in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He is Director of the Division of Neuroergonomics and is a senior member of the Division of Behavioral Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Rizzo also holds University of Iowa appointments in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Public Policy Center, Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center, and in the Neurosciences Program. Dr. Rizzo’s research focuses on cognitive impairments caused by aging and neurological diseases such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury. He has a special interest in vision and cognition, including their role in real-world tasks. The latter research uses an interactive driving simulator and an instrumented vehicle. Dr. Rizzo’s research is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Selected Publications

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Cosman J, Rizzo M.  Attention.  Cambridge University Press.  2012. 

Aksan N, Anderson S, Dawson J, Johnson A, Uc E, Rizzo M.  Cognitive functioning predicts driver safety on road tests 1 and 2 years later.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.  2012. 60(1):99-105.

Lees M, Cosman J, Lee J, Vecera S, Dawson J, Rizzo M.  Cross-modal warnings for orienting attention in older drivers with and without attention impairments.  Applied Ergonomics.  2012. 43:768-776.

Thompson K, Emerson J, Johnson J, Dawson J, Boer E, Rizzo M.  Distracted driving in elderly and middle-aged drivers.  Accident Analysis and Prevention.  2012. 45(2):711-717.

Hegmann K, Andersson G, Greenberg M, Phillips B, Rizzo M.  FMCSA's Medical Review Board: Five years of progress in commercial driver medical examinations.  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  2012. 54(4):424-430.

Cooper G, Rizzo M, Jones R.  Adult-onset Hallervorden-Spatz syndrome presenting as cortical dementia..  Alzheimer disease and associated disorders.  14(2):120-6.

Uc E, Rizzo M, Anderson S, Dastrup E, Sparks J, Dawson J.  Driving under low-contrast visibility conditions with Parkinson’s disease.  Neurology.  73:1103-1110.

Yuh W, Drew J, Rizzo M, Ryals T, Sato Y, Bell W.  Evaluation of pachymeningitis by contrast-enhanced MR imaging in a patient with rheumatoid disease..  AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology.  11(6):1247-8.

Rizzo M, McGehee D, Dawson J, Anderson S.  Simulated car crashes at intersections in drivers with Alzheimer disease..  Alzheimer disease and associated disorders.  15(1):20-Oct.

Tippin J, Sparks J, Rizzo M.  Visual vigilance in drivers with obstructive sleep apnea.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research.  67:143-151.

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