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Kathryn Devlin, PhD Assistant Research Professor of Psychology

Kate Devlin, PhD

Assistant Research Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences


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

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • NeuroHIV
  • Aging and neurodegenerative disease
  • Cognitive health disparities
  • Diagnosis and prognosis
  • Cognitive heterogeneity
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Everyday functioning


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 an 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-investigator of the Clinical and Translational Research Support Core and the Community Partnership and Disparities Core. She has co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed manuscripts and over 50 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 influence of medical and social factors on brain health and cognitive test performance. She uses statistical approaches to examine novel diagnostic and prognostic tools and to identify latent subgroups within larger heterogeneous groups. Dr. Devlin’s statistical expertise includes traditional statistical methods, mixed effects models, and structural equation modeling (SEM). In addition to aging and NeuroHIV research, Dr. Devlin’s work includes assessing functional outcomes after brain injury and improving the prediction of epilepsy diagnoses and outcomes. The ultimate goal of this 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 serves as a mentor with Project SHORT, which seeks to reduce systemic barriers to graduate school admissions by providing mentorship to applicants from underrepresented groups.

Selected Publications:


  • Grethlein, D., Pirrone, V., Devlin, K. N., Dampier, W., Szep, Z., Winston, F. K., Ontañón, S., Walshe, E. A., Malone, K., Tillman, S., Ances, B., Kandadai, V., Kolson, D. L., and Wigdahl, B. (2022). Examining virtual driving test performance and its relationship to individuals with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 16, 912766.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Cognitive Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease

  • Devlin, K. N., Brennan, L., Saad, L., Giovannetti, T., Hamilton, R. H., Wolk, D. A., Xie, S. X., and Mechanic‐Hamilton, D. (2022). Diagnosing mild cognitive impairment among racially diverse older adults: Comparison of consensus, actuarial, and statistical methods. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 85(2), 627-644.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Rasekhi, R. T., Devlin, K., Mass, J. A., Donmez, M., Asma, B., Sperling, M. R., and Nei, M. (2021). Improving prediction of sudden death in epilepsy: From SUDEP-7 to SUDEP-3. Epilepsia, 62(7), 1536- 1545.
  • Goldstein, L., Dehghan Harati, M., Devlin, K., Tracy, J., Nei, M., Skidmore, C., Matias, C., Sharan, A. D., Wu, C., Mintzer, S., Gorniak, R., and Sperling, M. R. (2021). Consequences of mesial temporal sparing temporal lobe surgery in medically refractory epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior, 115, 107642.