Kathryn (Kate) Devlin, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology and neuroscience from Temple University and completed a clinical psychology internship at the VA Maryland Health Care System and a clinical neuropsychology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University. She is a member of Drexel’s Applied Neuro-Technologies Laboratory and the Drexel University/Temple University Comprehensive NeuroHIV Center (CNHC), where she serves as Co-Director of the Community Partnership and Disparities Core. She has co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed manuscripts and over 40 conference presentations. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and recognized by the Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society.
Dr. Devlin’s research investigates the nature, causes, and outcomes of neurocognitive impairment in a variety of populations, including older adults and people living with HIV. She examines the impact of biomedical factors, such as cardiovascular disease and inflammation, and social factors, such as education and discrimination, on brain health and cognitive test performance. She uses statistical and actuarial approaches to improve the accuracy of neuropsychological diagnosis and prognosis, particularly in marginalized groups. Her statistical expertise includes structural equation modeling (SEM), which she uses to identify latent neuropsychological profiles in heterogeneous groups and the risk factors, trajectories, and outcomes associated with these profiles. The ultimate goal of her work is to enhance brain health and daily functioning through early and accurate detection and targeted interventions.
Dr. Devlin teaches neuroanatomy and statistics in Drexel’s graduate psychology programs and mentors undergraduate, graduate, and medical students across the University. She also volunteers as a mentor with Project SHORT, which seeks to reduce systemic barriers to graduate school admissions by providing mentorship to applicants from underrepresented groups.