Tracy D Vannorsdall, Ph.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention, Neuropsychology, Psychiatric Complications of Neurological Diseases, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychologist, Psychology more

Research Interests

Neuropsychology of Cancer and its Treatment; Noninvasive Brain Stimulation; Structural Brain Imaging; Serum Biomarkers of Cognitive Aging; Neuropsychology of Cerebral Ischemia; Medical Comorbidities; Metabolic Disorders more

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Tracy D. Vannorsdall, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her doctoral degree in psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2006 following a one-year internship in clinical neuropsychology at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. Dr. Vannorsdall then completed a three-year clinical and research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She joined the faculty in 2009 and is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Division of Medical Psychology. 

Her work with patients provides insight and motivation for her research, which focuses on developing methods to improve cognitive functioning in those at risk for neuropsychological declines due to illness and medical treatments. This includes exploring the neuropsychological sequelae, clinical course, and treatment needs associated with COVID-19 illness as well as developing strategies to reduce the negative cognitive effects of brain radiation. more


  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Neurology

Departments / Divisions



  • Psychiatry; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2009)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) (2010)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Vannorsdall, TD, Straub, E, Saba, C, Blackwood, M, Zhang, J, Stearns, K, Smith, KL. Interventions for Multidimensional Aspects of Breast Cancer-related Fatigue: A Meta-analytic Review. Supportive Care in Cancer (In press)

Gui, C, Chintalapati, N, Hales, R, Voong, K, Sair, H, Grimm, J, Duhon, M, Kleinberg, L, Vannorsdall, TD, Redmond, K. A prospective evaluation of whole brain volume loss and neurocognitive decline following hippocampal-sparing prophylactic cranial irradiation for limited-stage small-cell lung cancer. Journal of Neuro-Oncology. 2019,144(2):351-58

Vannorsdall TD. Cognitive changes related to cancer therapy. Medical Clinics of North America. 2017;101(6):1115-1134. PMID: 28992858

Ma, TM, Grimm J, McIntyre R, Anderson-Keightly H, Kleinberg LR, Hales RH, Moore J, Vannorsdall TD, Redmond KJ. A prospective evaluation of hippocampal radiation dose volume effects and memory deficits following cranial irradiation. Radiotherapy and Oncology. 2017;125(2):234-240

Redmond KJ, Hales RK, Anderson-Keightly H, Zhou X, Kummerlowe M, Sair H, Duhon M, Kleinberg L, Rosner GL, Vannorsdall TD. A Prospective Study of Hippocampal-Sparing Prophylactic Cranial Irradiation (PCI) in Limited Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC). International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics. 2017;98(3):603-611. PMID: 28581401

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

For information on the Division of Medical Psychology Post-doctoral Fellowship in Adult Clinical Neuropsychology, please visit:

Activities & Honors


  • Butters Award, International Neuropsychology Society North American Conference, 2014 - 2014
  • Nelson Butters Award for Research Contributions to Clinical Neuropsychology, National Academy of Neuropsychology, 2011 - 2011
  • Blue Ribbon Award, Neuropsychology, American Psychological Association, 2007 - 2007
  • Catalyst Award Cohort, Johns Hopkins University, 2016 - 2016


  • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • American Board of Professional Psychology
  • American Psychological Association
  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • Society for Neuro-Oncology

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Where Oncology Meets Brain Science, Hopkins BrainWise (Summer 2015)

8 Tips for Improving Cognition During and After Cancer Treatment, Cancer Matters (February 9, 2017)

How do experts assess ‘chemo brain’?, Cancer Matters (February 22, 2017)

Addressing Cognitive Problems That Arise from Cancer Treatment, Hopkins BrainWise (Fall 2015)

Most older breast cancer patients do not suffer mental decline after chemo, Reuters Health (October 3, 2018)

Discussing advances in chemo brain treatment, CancerNetwork (January 2, 2019)

How electromagnetic stimulation can improve memory, (July 17, 2019) 

Addressing cognitive problems that arise from cancer treatment, JH Medicine Physician Update (Winter 2019)

Treating Depression at Home with a tDCS Headset, (April 19, 2020)

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