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Kathleen Therese Bechtold, Ph.D.

Kathleen Therese Bechtold, Ph.D.

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  • 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 more

Research Interests

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

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Dr. Kathleen Bechtold (formerly 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 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 30 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 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. more


  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Departments / Divisions



  • Neuropsychology; Johns Hopkins University (2002)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) (2011)
  • American Board of Professional Psychology (Rehabilitation Psychology) (2007)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

A fellowship-trained neuropsychologist and rehabilitation psychologist, Dr. Kortte studies brain-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

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  1. Bechtold KT, Horner MD, Labbate LA, Windham WK. The construct validity and clinical utility of the Frank Jones Story as a brief screen of cognitive dysfunction. Psychosomatics, 2001, Vol 42, 146-149.
  2. Bailey JM, Bechtold KT, Berenbaum SA. Who are tomboys and why should we study them? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2002, Vol 31, 333-341.
  3. Horner MD, Teichner G, Kortte KB, Harvey RT. Construct validity of the Babcock Story Recall Test. Applied Neuropsychology, 2002, Vol 9, 114-116. PMID: 12214822
  4. Kortte KB, Horner M.D, Windham WK. The Trail Making Test Part B: Cognitive flexibility or ability to maintain set? Applied Neuropsychology, 2002, Vol 9, 106-109. PMID: 12214820
  5. Kortte KB,* Wegener ST, Chwalisz K. Anosognosia and denial: Their relationship to coping and depression in acquired brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 2003, Vol 48(3), 131-136.
  6. Kortte KB,* Wegener ST. Denial of illness in medical rehabilitation populations: Theory, research, and definition. Rehabilitation Psychology, 2004, Vol 49(3), 187-199.
  7. Kortte KB,* Falk LD, Castillo RC, Johnson-Greene D, Wegener ST. The Hopkins Rehabilitation Engagement Rating Scale: Development and psychometric properties, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2007, Vol 88(7), 877-884. PMID: 17601468
  8. Kortte KB,* Veiel L., Batten SV, Wegener ST. Measuring avoidance in medical rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Psychology, 2009, 54 (1), 91-98. PMID: 19618708
  9. Kortte KB*, Hillis AE. Recent advances in the understanding of neglect and anosognosia following right hemisphere stroke. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports, 2009, Vol 9, 459-465. PMID: 19818233
  10. Helmick K, et al. Cognitive Rehabilitation for mild traumatic brain injury: Results of April 2009 Consensus Conference. NeuroRehabilitation, 2010, Vol 26, 239-255.
  11. Kortte KB,* Gilbert, M, Gorman, P, Wegener ST. Positive psychological variables in the prediction of life satisfaction following spinal cord injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 2010, Vol 55, 40-47. PMID:20175633
  12. Lequerica AH, Kortte, KB. Therapeutic engagement: A proposed model of engagement in medical rehabilitation. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2010, Vol 89(5), 415-422. PMID:20407308
  13. Budd MA, Kortte KB, Cloutman L, Newhart M, Gottesman RF, Davis C, Heidler-Gary J, Seay, MW, Hillis AE. The nature of naming errors in primary progressive aphasia versus acute post-stroke aphasia. Neuropsychology, 2010, Vol 24(5), 581-589. PMID:20804246
  14. Kortte KB,* Hillis, AE. Recent trends in rehabilitation interventions for visual neglect and anosognosia for hemiplegia following right hemisphere stroke. Future Neurology, 2011, Vol 6(1), 33-43. PMID:21339836
  15. Arthur JC, Kortte KB, Shelhamer M, Schubert MC. Linear path integration deficits in patients with abnormal vestibular afference. Seeing and Perceiving, 2012, Vol 25, 155–178. PMID:22726251
  16. Aucott JN, Rebman AW, Crowder L, Kortte KB. Post-Treatment Lyme Syndrome Symptomatology and the Impact on Life Functioning: Is There Something Here? Quality of Life Research 2012, Vol 22(1), 75-84. PMID:22294245
  17. Dara C, Kirsch-Darrow L, Ochfeld E, Slenz J, Agranovich A, Faria AV, Ross E, Hillis AE, Kortte KB.* Impaired emotion processing from vocal and facial cues in frontotemporal dementia compared to right hemisphere stroke, NeuroCase, 2013, 19, 521-529. PMID:22827701
  18. Kortte KB,* Stevenson JE, Hosey MM, Castillo, RC, Wegener, ST. Hope Predicts Positive Functional Role Outcomes in Acute Rehabilitation Populations, Rehabilitation Psychology, 2012, Vol 57(3):248-255. PMID:22946612
  19. Aucott J, Crowder LA, Yedlin V, Kortte KB. Bull’s-Eye and Non-target Skin Lesions of Lyme disease – An Internet Survey of Identification of Erythema Migrans. Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012 Article ID 451727. PMID:23133445
  20. Kortte KB, Rogalski E. Behavioral interventions for enhancing life participation in behavioral variant of Frontotemporal Dementia and Primary Progressive Aphasia. International Review of Psychiatry, 2013, Vol 25 (2), 237-245. PMID:23611353
  21. Aucott J, Crowder LA, Kortte KB. Development of a Foundation for a Case Definition of Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2013, 17, 443-449. PMID:23462300
  22. Nowrangi MA, Kortte KB, Rao VA A Perspectives Approach to Suicide After Traumatic Brain Injury: Case and Review. Psychosomatics, 2014, 55(5), 430-437. PMID: 25223637
  23. Crowder LA, Yedlin VA, Kortte KB, Aucott JN. Lyme Disease and Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome: The Neglected Disease in our Own Backyard: An Internet Survey Public Health. Public Health, 2014, 128(9), 784-91. PMID: 25213101
  24. Kortte KB,* McWhorter JW, Pawlak MA, Slentz J, Sur S, Hillis AE (In Press). Anosognosia for Hemiplegia: The Contributory Role of Right Inferior Frontal Gyrus. Neuropsychology, 2014 Aug 18 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25133319
  25. Rao V, Koliatsos V, Ahmed F, Lyketsos C, Kortte K Neuropsychiatric Disturbances Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Practical Approach to Evaluation & Management. Seminars in Neurology, in press.

Activities & Honors


  • Excellence in Psychology Clinical Teaching Award, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2013
  • Excellence in Psychology Clinical Teaching Award, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2011
  • Janet E. Rafferty Scientist-Practitioner Award, Southern Illinois University, 2007


  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • 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
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