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Kathleen Bechtold Kortte, PhD

Program Director, Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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  • Program Director, Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program
  • Training Director, Clinical Neuropsychology Training Program, Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Adjustment to Chronic Illness, Aneurysms, Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Brain Tumors, Cancer Rehabilitation, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Cognitive Testing, Concussion Rehabilitation, Disorders of Executive Function, Disorders of Social Cognition, Hydrocephalus, Medical Psychology, Memory Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurologic Rehabilitation, Neurology, Neuropsychology, Neurosurgery, Post-Concussive Disorder, Psychologist, Rehabilitation Psychology, Stroke, Stroke Rehabilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury

Research Interests

Brain Injury Rehabilitation; Recovery after brain trauma; Rehabilitation Outcomes; Resiliency; Fatigue; Awareness Syndromes; Anosognosia


Dr. Kathleen Bechtold (formally Kortte) is an Associate Professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She specializes in the rehabilitation needs of patients post injury or illness. Dr. Bechtold serves as the program director of the Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Bechtold earned her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She completed a fellowship in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology at Johns Hopkins. She is one of only of less than 20 psychologists in the country who are double board-certified in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology.

Patients can be referred to Dr. Bechtold for cognitive dysfunction, impairment or decline; emotional management and adjustment to medical issues; fatigue management from brain injury or illness; headache pain related to brain injury or illness; cognitive rehabilitation and evaluation; or neuropsychological evaluation and diagnosis related to brain injury or illness.

Dr. Bechtold serves as the training director of the Clinical Neuropsychology Training Program for the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology. She has been recognized by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with an Excellence in Psychology Clinical Teaching Award in 2011 and 2013. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the International Neuropsychological Society.


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American Psychological Association (APA): Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), Division 40 (Neuropsychology)

International Neuropsychological Society (INS)

National Academy of Neuropsychology

Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

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  • Education +


    • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Carbondale IL ) (2000)


    • Johns Hopkins University / Neuropsychology (Baltimore MD ) (2002)


    • American Board of Professional Psychology / Clinical Neurophysiology (2011)
    • American Board of Professional Psychology / Rehabilitation Psychology (2008)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    A fellowship-trained neuropsychologist and rehabilitation psychologist, Dr. Kortte studies brained-based pathologies, injuries and illnesses. She focuses on interventions to improve patients’ cognitive and behavioral function and quality of life following injury or illness.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Nowrangi MA, Kortte KB, Rao VA. “A perspectives approach to suicide after traumatic brain injury: case and review.” Psychosomatics. 2014 September - October;55(5):430-437. doi: 10.1016/j.psym.2013.11.006. Epub 2013 Nov 28. Review.
    2. Crowder LA, Yedlin VA, Weinstein ER, Kortte KB, Aucott JN. “Lyme disease and post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome: the neglected disease in our own backyard.” Public Health. 2014 Sep 8. pii: S0033-3506(14)00144-9. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2014.06.016.
    3. Kortte KB, McWhorter JW, Pawlak MA, Slentz J, Sur S, Hillis AE. “Anosognosia for Hemiplegia: The Contributory Role of Right Inferior Frontal Gyrus.” Neuropsychology. 2014 Aug 18.
    4. Aucott JN, Crowder LA, Kortte KB. Development of a foundation for a case definition of post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome. Int J Infect Dis. 2013 Jun;17(6):e443-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2013.01.008. Epub 2013 Feb 23.
    5. Kortte KB, Rogalski EJ. Behavioural interventions for enhancing life participation in behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia and primary progressive aphasia. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2013 Apr;25(2):237-45. doi: 10.3109/09540261.2012.751017.
    6. Aucott JN, Rebman AW, Crowder LA, Kortte KB. Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome symptomatology and the impact on life functioning: is there something here? Qual Life Res. 2013 Feb;22(1):75-84.
    7. Aucott JN, Crowder LA, Yedlin V, Kortte KB. Bull's-Eye and Nontarget Skin Lesions of Lyme Disease: An Internet Survey of Identification of Erythema Migrans. Dermatol Res Pract. 2012;2012:451727. doi: 10.1155/2012/451727. Epub 2012 Oct 24.
    8. Kortte KB, Stevenson JE, Hosey MM, Castillo R, Wegener ST. Hope predicts positive functional role outcomes in acute rehabilitation populations. Rehabil Psychol. 2012 Aug;57(3):248-55. doi: 10.1037/a0029004.
    9. Dara C, Kirsch-Darrow L, Ochfeld E, Slenz J, Agranovich A, Vasconcellos-Faria A, Ross E, Hillis AE, Kortte KB. Impaired emotion processing from vocal and facial cues in frontotemporal dementia compared to right hemisphere stroke. Neurocase. 2012 Jul 25.
    10. Arthur JC, Kortte KB, Shelhamer M, Schubert MC. Linear path integration deficits in patients with abnormal vestibular afference. Seeing Perceiving. 2012;25(2):155-78. doi: 10.1163/187847612X629928.
    11. Kortte KB, Hillis AE. Recent trends in rFuture Neurol. 2011 Jan 1;6(1):33-43. Rehabilitation interventions for visual neglect and anosognosia for hemiplegia following right hemisphere stroke. 
    12. Kortte KB, Hillis, AE (in press). Recent trends in rehabilitation interventions for visual neglect and anosognosia for hemiplegia following right hemisphere stroke. Future Neurology.
    13. Budd, MA, Kortte, KB, Cloutman L, Newhart M, Gottesman RF, Davis C, Heidler-Gary J, Seay, MW, Hillis AE. (2010). The nature of naming errors in primary progressive aphasia versus acute post-stroke aphasia. Neuropsychology, 24(5), 581-589. 
    14. Helmick K, Kortte, KB, et al (2010). Cognitive Rehabilitation for mild traumatic brain injury: Results of April 2009 Consensus Conference. NeuroRehabilitation, 26, 239-255
    15. Lequerica AH, Kortte, KB (2010). Therapeutic engagement: A proposed model of engagement in medical rehabilitation. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 89(5), 415-422. 
    16. Kortte, KB, Gilbert, M, Gorman, P, Wegener, ST (2010). Positive psychological variables in the prediction of life satisfaction following spinal cord injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 55, 40-47.
    17. Kortte, KB & Hillis, AE (2009). Recent advances in the understanding of neglect and anosognosia following right hemisphere stroke. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports, 9, 459-465. PMID: 19818233
    18. Kortte, KB, Veiel, L., Batten, SV, Wegener, ST (2009). Measuring avoidance in medical rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Psychology, 54 (1), 91-98. PMID: 19618708
    19. Kortte, KB, Falk, LD, Castillo, RC, Johnson-Greene, D. & Wegener, ST (2007). The Hopkins Rehabilitation Engagement Rating Scale: Development and psychometric properties, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 88(7), 877. PMID: 17601468
    20. Kortte, KB, & Wegener, ST (2004). Denial of illness in medical rehabilitation populations: Theory, research, and definition. Rehabilitation Psychology, 49(3), 187-199.
    21. Kortte, KB, Wegener, ST, & Chwalisz, K (2003). Anosognosia and denial: Their relationship to coping and depression in acquired brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 48(3), 131-136.
    22. Kortte, KB, Horner, M.D, & Windham, WK. (2002). The Trail Making Test Part B: Cognitive flexibility or ability to maintain set? Applied Neuropsychology, 9, 106-109. PMID: 12214820
    23. Horner, MD, Teichner, G, Kortte, KB, Harvey, RT. (2002). Construct validity of the Babcock Story Recall Test. Applied Neuropsychology, 9, 114-116. PMID: 12214822
    24. Johnson-Greene, D & Bechtold, KT. (2002). Ethical considerations for peer review in forensic neuropsychology. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 16 (1), 97-104.
    25. Bailey, JM, Bechtold, KT, & Berenbaum, SA. (2002). Who are tomboys and why should we study them? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 31, 333-341.
    26. Bechtold, KT, Horner, MD, Labbate, LA, & Windham, WK. (2001). The construct validity and clinical utility of the Frank Jones Story as a brief screen of cognitive dysfunction. Psychosomatics, 42, 146-149.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    Excellence in Psychology Clinical Teaching Award, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2011, 2013

    Janet E. Rafferty Scientist-Practitioner Award, Southern Illinois University, 2007

    Professional Activities

    Training Director, Clinical Neuropsychology Training Program, Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology

    Leadership Program for Women Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2009 - 2010

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    Dr. Kathleen Bechtold (Kortte)

    Dr. Bechtold is a rehabilitation neuropsychologist whose primary clinical practice focuses on the neurorehabilitation needs of patients post neurological injury or illness.

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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-502-2441
    Appointment Phone: 410-502-5357
    Fax: 443-769-1243
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