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Kathryn Devlin, PhD Assistant Research Professor of Psychology

Kathryn Devlin, PhD

Assistant Research Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Office: Stratton 123

Additional Sites: Applied Neuro-Technologies Lab


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience, Temple University, 2018
  • MA, Psychology, Temple University, 2014
  • BS, Neuroscience, Brown University, 2009

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests:

  • NeuroHIV
  • Aging and neurodegenerative disease
  • Diagnosis and prognosis
  • Cognitive heterogeneity
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Functional impairment

Research Projects:

  • Latent cognitive phenotypes and their correlates in HIV infection
  • Statistical and actuarial diagnostic methods in aging and mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
  • Cognition and social determinants of health
  • Neurocognitive, functional, and health outcomes in neurologic populations


Kathryn (Kate) Devlin, PhD, is an assistant research professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Drexel University. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology and neuroscience from Temple University and completed an internship in clinical psychology at the VA Maryland Health Care System and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Thomas Jefferson University. She is a member of Drexel’s Applied Neuro-Technologies Lab and a frequent collaborator with the Drexel University/Temple University Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center (CNAC). She has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and over 30 conference presentations. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and recognized by the Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society.

Devlin’s interdisciplinary research incorporates clinical neuropsychology, immunology, and statistics. Her work seeks to understand the nature, causes, and outcomes of neurocognitive impairment in several populations, particularly older adults, persons living with HIV, and those with neurodegenerative diseases. More recently, her research has also included epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and brain injury. Devlin investigates the impact of biomedical factors, such as vascular disease and inflammation, and social factors, such as education and culture, on cognitive performance and daily functioning. She utilizes statistical and actuarial approaches to improve the accuracy of neuropsychological diagnosis and prognosis, particularly in underrepresented groups. Her statistical expertise includes structural equation modeling (SEM), which she uses to identify latent neuropsychological profiles in heterogeneous populations and the risk factors, trajectories, and outcomes associated with these profiles. The ultimate goal of her work is to enhance cognition, functioning, and quality of life through early and accurate detection, and by paving the way for interventions that target the causes and profiles of cognitive impairment.

Selected Publications:

  • Mis, R., Devlin, K., Drabick, D., and Giovannetti, T. (2019). Heterogeneity of informant-reported functional performance in mild cognitive impairment: a latent profile analysis of the Functional Activities Questionnaire. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 68(4): 1611-1624.
  • Devlin, K.N., and Giovannetti, T. (2017). Heterogeneity of neuropsychological impairment in HIV infection: contributions from mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychology Review (27)2, 101-123.
  • Brennan, L., Devlin, K. N., Xie, S. X., Mechanic-Hamilton, D., Tran, B., Hurtig, H. H., Chen-Plotkin, A., Chahine, L. M., Morley, J. F., Duda, J. E., Roalf, D. R., Dahodwala, N., Rick, J., Trojanowski, J. Q., Moberg, P. J., and Weintraub, D. (2017). Neuropsychological subgroups in non-demented Parkinson’s disease: a latent class analysis. Journal of Parkinson's Disease, 7(2), 385-395.
  • Rhodes, E. R., Devlin, K. N., Steinberg, L., and Giovannetti, T. (2017). Grit is protective of late-life cognition: non-cognitive factors as cognitive reserve. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 24(3), 321-332.
  • Dampier, W., Antell, G. C., Aiamkitsumrit, B. Nonnemacher, M. R., Jacobson, J. M., Pirrone, V., Zhong, W., Kercher, K., Passic, S., Williams, J. W., James, A., Devlin, K. N., Giovannetti, T., Libon, D. J., Szep, Z., Ehrlich, G. D., Wigdahl, B., and Krebs, F. C. (2017). Specific amino acids in HIV-1 Vpr are significantly associated with changes in patient neurocognitive status. Journal of Neurovirology, 23(1), 113-124.
  • Azar, A., Devlin, K., Mell, J., Giovannetti, T., Pirrone, V., Nonnemacher, M., Passic, S., Kercher, K., Williams, J., Jacobson, J., Wigdahl, B., Dampier, W., Libon, D., and Sell, C. (2016). Mitochondrial haplogroup influences motor function in long-term HIV-1-infected individuals. PLOS ONE, 11(10), e0163772.
  • Gongvatana A., Correia S., Dunsiger S., Gauthier L., Devlin K. N., Ross S., Navia B., Tashima K. T., DeLaMonte S., and Cohen R. A. (2014). Plasma cytokine levels are related to brain volumes in HIV-infected individuals. Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, 9(5), 740-50.
  • Libon, D. J., Drabick, D. A. G., Giovannetti, T., Price, C. C., Bondi, M. W., Eppig, J., Devlin, K., Nieves, C., Lamar, M., Delano-Wood, L., Nation, D. A., Brennan, L., Au, R., and Swenson, R. (2014). Neuropsychological syndromes associated with Alzheimer’s/vascular dementia:  a latent class analysis. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 42(3), 999-1014.
  • Devlin, K. N., Giovannetti, T., Kessler, R. K., and Fanning, M. J. (2014). Commissions and omissions are dissociable aspects of everyday action impairment in schizophrenia. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20(8), 812-21.
  • Seider, T., Luo, X., Gongvatana, A., Devlin, K., de la Monte, S., Chasman, J., Tashima, K., Navia, B., and Cohen, R. (2014). Verbal memory declines more rapidly with age in HIV infected versus uninfected adults. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 36(4), 356-67.
  • Correia, S., Cohen, R., Gongvatana, A., Ross, S., Olchowski, J., Devlin, K., Tashima, K., Navia, B., and de la Monte, S. (2013). Relationship of plasma cytokines and clinical biomarkers to memory performance in HIV. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 265, 117-123.
  • Devlin, K. N., Gongvatana, A., Clark, U. S., Chasman, J. D., Westbrook, M. L., Tashima, K. T., Navia, B., and Cohen, R. A. (2012). Neurocognitive effects of HIV, hepatitis C, and substance use history. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18, 68-78.
  • Cohen, R. A., de la Monte, S., Gongvatana, A., Ombao, H., Gonzalez, B., Devlin, K. N., Navia, B., and Tashima, K. T. (2011). Plasma cytokine concentrations associated with HIV/hepatitis C coinfection are related to attention, executive and psychomotor functioning. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 233, 204-210.