Kathleen Therese Bechtold, Ph.D.

Headshot of Kathleen Therese Bechtold
  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Adjustment to Chronic Illness, Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Cognitive Testing, Concussion Rehabilitation, Disorders of Executive Function, Disorders of Social Cognition, Neurologic Rehabilitation, Neuropsychology, Post-Concussive Disorder, Psychologist, Rehabilitation Psychology, Stroke, Stroke Rehabilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury ...read more

Research Interests

brain injury rehabilitation; recovery after brain trauma; rehabilitation outcomes; resiliency; awareness syndromes; anosognosia ...read more

Request an Appointment

Insurance Information

Main Phone

Outside of Maryland & Washington D.C.

Request Appointment

International Patients

Request Appointment


The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-502-5357
600 N. Wolfe Street
Phipps Suite 174
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-502-2441 | Fax: 410-614-4033
The Johns Hopkins Hospital - Google Maps


Kathleen Bechtold, Ph.D., ABPP, (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 brain injury or brain illness.

Dr. Bechtold earned her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology at Johns Hopkins. 

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

Dr. Bechtold is an active researcher focused on understanding the effects of traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury on behavior and the recovery process (both facilitators and barriers to that process) from such injuries. She has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the International Brain Injury Association.  

...read 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. Bechtold 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

View all on PubMed

Roy D, Ghosh A, Yan H, Leoutsakos J, Rao V, Peters M, Van Meter T, Sair H, Falk H, Korley F, Bechtold KT*. Prevalence and Correlates of Depressive Symptoms Within 6 Months After First-Time Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. 2022 March [Epub ahead of print]. 


Waldron-Perrine B, Mudar R, Mashima P, Seagly K, Sohlberg M, Bechtold KT, Paul D, Milman L, Ashman T, Pena K, Dunn R. Interprofessional collaboration and communication to facilitate implementation of cognitive rehabilitation in persons with brain injuryJournal of Interprofessional Care. 2022 Jan 20;1-9.

Falk H, Bechtold KT, Peters ME, Roy D, Rao V, Lavieri M, Sair H, Van Meter TE, Korley F. Prognostic Model for Predicting 1-Month Outcomes Among Emergency Department Patients With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and a Presenting Glasgow Coma Scale of 15. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2021 Oct 1;38(19):2714-2722.

Rao VA, Bechtold KT, Arciniegas DB, Samus QM, Albrecht J, Pugh BT, Jacoby A, Buenaver L. Establishment of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network for Individuals with TBI and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms. Brain Injury. 2020 34(4), 548-555.

Richey L, Rao R, Roy D, Narapareddy BR, Wigh S, Bechtold KT, Sair HI, Van Meter TE, Falk H, Leoutsakos J, Yan H, Lyketsos CG, Korley FK, Peters ME. Age differences in outcome after mild traumatic brain injury: results from the HeadSMART study. International Review of Psychiatry. 2020 30(1), 22-30.

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
Is this you? Edit Profile
back to top button