Leon A. Hyer, Jr., PhD

Dr. Leon Hyer, Georgia board certified in Psychology (ABPP), directs and oversees a broad range of psychological and neuropsychological assessments at GNI. He is the author of over 200 articles or book chapters, and four books. His most recent work, “Treatment of Older Adults: A Holistic Approach” addresses traditional or alternative ways to care for older adults who present for memory complaints or mild depression. Currently, he is working on a fifth book where cases are presented, thus explicating the model of his fourth title.

Dr. Hyer served as a Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia, and later as a Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Robert Wood Johnson). He was also a Professor of Psychology at Rutgers where he taught graduate students. He is now a Professor of Psychiatry at the Mercer School of Medicine in addition to his practice at Georgia Neurosurgical Institute, where he has been for over 10 years. Additionally, Dr. Hyer directs the Memory Project, the Traumatic Brain Injury Group and Parkinson’s Disease Program at Navicent Health and Mercer School of Medicine. He teaches geriatric fellows and medical students through his work with the Mercer School of Medicine as well. He serves as a consultant in the PhD program in Clinical Medical Psychology at Mercer University.

At Georgia Neurosurgical Institute, Dr. Hyer has directed research in investigator-initiated grants on psychiatric and pain medications, stem cells, and medical devices. He specializes in the treatment of older adults and is an expert in mild to severe cognitive decline, as well as, on anxiety and depression in elderly patients. He directs a Memory Clinic and has published findings on his work in this area. Dr. Hyer also runs a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic at Family Medicine. He has been active with patients who suffer from general pain as well as those with back problems who may be seeking a spinal cord stimulator. Additionally, Dr. Hyer provides assessment and adjustment services for heart patients, especially LVAD recipients, and for potential candidates of bariatric surgery. Finally, Dr. Hyer assesses patients with brain injuries ranging from CVAs to traumatic brain injuries.

Board-Certified: American Board of Professional Psychology
Postdoctoral Clinical Training: Brooke Army Hospital, San Antonio, TX; Lyons Veterans Administration Medical Center, Lyons, NJ, Adler Institute of Analysis
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University Medical Center; Institute for Advanced Studies in Personality and Psychopathology (Board of Advisors and Senior Fellow)
Internship: Lehigh University Laboratory School; Northampton County Prison, Allentown State Hospital, PA
PhD: Counseling Psychology, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
MSc: Counseling Psychology, Lehigh University
BA: Psychology (summa cum laude, in cursuhonorum, in cursuclassico), St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ