Kate Possin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology

Kate Possin was awarded her PhD degree in clinical psychology from UCSD in 2007. During her training at UCSD, she studied cognitive changes associated with Parkinson’s disease. She completed her internship in clinical neuropsychology at UCSF in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology and her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology.

Currently, Dr. Possin is an Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology at the Memory and Aging Center within the UCSF Department of Neurology. Dr. Possin’s research examines the neural bases of visual spatial and executive function impairments in neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. She aims to develop anatomically-specific cognitive measures, including virtual reality tests of navigation, that are sensitive to the earliest cognitive changes in these disorders and that can assist with early diagnosis and disease monitoring. She is also using innovative technologies to improve dementia care. Her research is funded by an NIH/NIA K23 Career Development Award and by grants from the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Hellman Family Foundation. She won a 2013 UCSF Digital Health Catalyst Award to develop tablet-based cognitive diagnostic tools for dementia.