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Kathryn Devlin, PhD Assistant Research Professor of Psychology

Kathryn 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 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.

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., 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.
  • 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.