Katherine P. Rankin, PhD


She received her BA degree in psychology from Yale University, where she worked in a psychiatric epidemiology research unit at Yale School of Medicine. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in theology and a PhD degree in clinical psychology at Fuller in Los Angeles. During her training she worked at USC researching the effects of estrogen and cortisol on the brain, and also researched cognition and social functioning in Klinefelter’s patients at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. After finishing her internship at the Martinez VA hospital and UC Davis Medical Center, she came to the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF to complete a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology.

Dr. Rankin is currently a Professor in the UCSF Department of Neurology and works as a neuropsychologist with the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Dr. Rankin’s research examines the neuroanatomic changes that can cause altered personality and social behavior in dementia. She is working to develop tests of social and emotional cognition that will allow earlier, more accurate differential diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases like frontotemporal dementia, semantic dementia, and corticobasal degeneration. She is the principal investigator on a number of grants that have allowed her to investigate topics such as artistic creativity in dementia, and the link between hormones and social behavior.