Vidya Kamath, Ph.D.

Vidyulata Kamath, Ph.D.

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  • Clinical Training Director, Medical Psychology
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Specializes in: Adults (18+ years), Geriatrics (55+ years)



Alzheimer's Disease (AD), Behavioral Disorders in Dementia, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Down syndrome, Frontotemporal Dementias, Geriatric Psychiatry, Lewy Body Dementia, Neuropsychiatric Complications of Movement Disorders, Neuropsychology, Parkinson's Disease, Psychologist, Schizophrenia more

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Dr. Kamath is a neuropsychologist, clinical training director and a core faculty member in the Division of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Duke University. She subsequently completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Central Florida, a neuropsychology pre-doctoral internship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and a clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kamath's clinical expertise is in the evaluation of older adults with suspected neuropsychiatric or neurodegenerative disease. She currently serves as the primary neuropsychologist for the Johns Hopkins Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center as well as the Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and Young-Onset Dementias Clinic. She is establishing a clinic to provide neuropsychological services to adults with Down Syndrome.

Dr. Kamath was a Johns Hopkins KL2 Clinical Research Scholar and now serves as primary investigator on grants funded by the National Institute of Aging (R01AG064093) and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (R01NS108452). She serves as the neuropsychologist on NIH-funded studies examining risk factors for cognitive decline in persons with mild cognitive impairment, schizophrenia, frontotemporal dementia, delirium and Down syndrome. She has also received funding from APA Division 40 and the Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Obesity Research Center. Her research program represents a multi-modal investigation of the clinical, cognitive and neurobiological correlates of chemosensory dysfunction in neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. more


  • Clinical Training Director, Medical Psychology
  • Director of Research, Medical Psychology
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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  • PhD; University of Central Florida (2010)


  • Clinical Neuropsychology; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (2013)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) (2016)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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Selected Publications

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Kamath, V., Senjem, M.L., Spychalla, A.J., Chen, H., Palta, P., Mosley, T.H., Windham, B.G., Griswold, M., Knopman, D.S., Gottesman, R.F., Jack, C.R., Sharrett, A.R., Schneider, A.L.C. (in press). The neuroanatomic correlates of olfactory identification impairment in healthy older adults and persons with mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

Kamath, V., Crawford, J., DuBois, S., Nucifora, Jr., F.C., Nestadt, G., Sawa, A., Schretlen, D.J. (2019). Contributions of olfactory and neuropsychological assessment to the diagnosis of first-episode schizophrenia. Neuropsychology. 33(2), 203-211.

Schneider, A.L.C., Gottesman, R.F., Mosley, T.H., Shrestha, S., Rowan, N., Sharrett, A.R., Chen, H., Kamath, V. (2022). Associations of prior head injury with olfactory functioning: Results from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

Kang, J.Y., Yenokyan, G., Hwang, B.Y., Chen, M., Penn, R., Mampre, D., Sperling, M.R., Kamath, V. (2020). Odor identification predicts postoperative seizure control following magnetic resonance-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy. Epilepsia, 61(9), 1949-1957 

Yang, K., Hua, J., Etyemez, S., Paez, A., Prasad, N., Ishizuka, K., Sawa, A., Kamath, V. (2021). Volumetric alteration of olfactory bulb and immune-related molecular changes in olfactory epithelium in first episode psychosis patients. Schizophrenia Research, 235, 9-11.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

For information about our Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology, please visit the Johns Hopkins Division of Medical Psychology Adult Neuropsychology Fellowship website.

Courses and Syllabi

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology

Activities & Honors


  • International Congress on Schizophrenia Research Young Investigator Award, International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, 2011 - 2011
  • American Psychological Association Division 40 Junior Investigator Award, American Psychological Association, 2011 - 2012
  • Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Obesity Research Center Award, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 2017 - 2018
  • Johns Hopkins KL2 Clinical Research Scholar, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, 2017 - 2020


  • Society for Clinical Neuropsychology
  • American Board of Professional Psychology
  • American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group
  • International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

A Nose for Schizophrenia Risk, Hopkins Brain Wise (Fall 2015)

Keen Sense of Smell Linked to Longer Life, Reuters (2019)

Poor Sense of Smell Linked to Depression in Older Adults, CBS News (2023)

Olfactory Training During Sleep Could Help Your Memory, Scientific American (2023)

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