Susan Spear Bassett, PhD
Director, Clinical Core
Susan Spear Bassett, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Medical School. She received her PhD in Experimental Psychology from the Johns Hopkins University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship focused on the dementias of aging under the direction of Dr Marshal Folstein. She is currently Director of Psychiatric Neuroimaging within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The division is highly active in neuropsychiatric research using imaging methods such as MRI, fMRI, PET and DTI, and has published papers on a variety of brain disorders which include but are not limited to Schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease.
Dr Bassett has developed extensive research programs in neurodegenerative disorders focusing on Parkinson’s disease and familial Alzheimer’s disease. She currently serves as the Director of the Clinical Core for the NIH-funded Parkinson’s Disease Udall Center for Excellence at Johns Hopkins where she oversees longitudinal clinical assessments of patients to study disease progression as well as the psychiatric and cognitive complications that accompany this disease.
Dr Basset has served as Principal Investigator on a NIH-funded study to explore the longitudinal course of disability among those with Parkinson’s disease. In addition, she has served as a consultant to several federal agencies regarding the impact of varying disability criteria on projected health care costs and the ramifications for patients with neurodegenerative disorders, and to the World Health Organization as a member of the North American Task Force on the International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps (ICIDH) Subcommittee on Mental Disorders for revision of this classification.
Currently Dr Bassett has completed pilot work to examine structural and functional brain changes that may distinguish subtypes of Parkinson’s disease that could inform treatment and prognosis. This imaging work forms the basis of a grant submission to NIH.
Learn more about the Clinical Core of the Udall Center.