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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 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 in 2002. She completed a neuropsychology internship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Kamath then completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology and psychiatric research at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She joined the faculty in 2013 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 

Dr. Kamath is currently a Johns Hopkins KL2 Clinical Research Scholar and has served as primary investigator and co-investigator on grants funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the Department of Defense. Her research is focused on olfactory and orbitofrontal dysfunction in neuropsychiatric and neurological conditions. In particular, she studies the use of chemosensory and feeding measures as robust translational correlates of reward deficits in obesity, schizophrenia, opioid use disorders, and neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. Her clinical and 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, electrophysiological (event-related potentials) techniques, and structural and functional neuroimaging at 7T.

Her 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 led by Chiadi Onyike, M.D. more


  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions



  • PHD, University of Central Florida (2010)


  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania / Clinical Neuropsychology (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., Turetsky, B.I., Calkins, M.E., Kohler, C.G., Conroy, C.G., Borgmann-Winter, K.E., Gatto, D., Gur, R.E., Moberg, P.J. (2014). Olfactory processing in schizophrenia, non-ill first-degree family members, and young people at-risk for psychosis. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 15(3), 209-218.

Doty, R.L., Kamath, V. (2014). The influences of age on olfaction: A review. Frontiers in Cognitive Science, 5(20), 1-20.

Kamath, V., Lasutschinkow, P., Ishizuka, K., Sawa, A. (2018). Olfactory functioning in first-episode psychosis. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 44, 672-680.

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.

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

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 - 2019


  • 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

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

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