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Vidya Kamath, Ph.D.

Vidyulata Kamath, Ph.D.

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  • Assistant 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, Neuropsychiatric Complications of Movement Disorders, Neuropsychology, Psychologist, Schizophrenia more

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Dr. Kamath is a board-certified neuropsychologist 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 was a Johns Hopkins KL2 Clinical Research Scholar and now serves as co-primary investigator on grants funded by the National Institute of Aging (R01AG064093) and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (R01NS108452). 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 and neurobiological aspects of chemosensory dysfunction in neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. Her clinical research populations of interest include schizophrenia, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. Her lab employs a range of neuroscientific methods, including olfactory and gustatory psychophysical measures, measures of decision making, traditional neuropsychological assessment, air-dilution olfactometry, and structural and functional neuroimaging at 7T.

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 Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and Young-Onset Dementias Clinic as well as the Neuromodulation and Advanced Therapies Clinic in the Johns Hopkins Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center. more


  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions



  • 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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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 

Kamath, V., Chaney, G.S., DeRight, J.F., & Onyike, C.U. (2019). A meta-analysis of neuropsychological, social cognitive and olfactory functioning in the behavioral and language variants of frontotemporal dementia. Psychological Medicine. 49(16), 2669-2680

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.

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

Kamath, V., Paksarian, D., Cui, L., Moberg, P.J., Turetsky, B.I., & Merikangas, K.R. (2018). Olfactory processing in bipolar disorder, major depression, and anxiety. Bipolar Disorders, 20(6), 547-555

Academic Affiliations & Courses

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
  • Asian Neuropsychological Association

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