Steven Small, Ph.D., M.D.

Steven Small, Ph.D., M.D.

Steven L. Small, Ph.D., M.D., is Professor of Neurology, and Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He studied mathematics at Dartmouth College where he received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude. He studied cognitive science and artificial intelligence at the University of Maryland, and received his Ph.D. in computer science, developing a computer model of human language comprehension.

Following a year as a Fulbright Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Paris, France, he taught computer science and psychology at the University of Rochester. Dr. Small attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine where he completed his medical degree. He went on to complete his residency training in Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He was the Chair of the Neurology from 2010-2017, and is currently the Chief Scientific Officer of the Medical Innovation Institute at UCI Health School of Medicine. He is also Professor Emeritus at The University of Chicago.

As a scientist, Dr. Small has been a pioneer in understanding the anatomy and physiology of the human brain and its relation to function by direct investigation of human subjects, particularly in speech and language. This work has encompassed the study of normal adults, typically developing children, and both adults and children with stroke. As departmental chair, Dr. Small doubled department size and expanded significantly the volume and quality of neurological services for the only academic medical center in Orange County, California, the sixth largest county in the United States. Dr. Small has published extensively in the field of language and language disorders. His research interests include the neurobiology of language, neural repair, and computational neuroscience. Dr. Small’s laboratory uses functional magnetic imaging (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), high-density electroencephalography (hd-EEG), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to study the organization of the healthy human cerebral cortex and the changes that it undergoes after neurological injury, particularly stroke. He has served on many editorial boards and is currently the Editor of the journal, Brain and Language.