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.