Joel Kramer, PsyD


Joel Kramer is a neuropsychologist and director of the neuropsychology program at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center where he helps diagnose and care for patients with a wide range of memory disorders. In his research, Kramer studies the cognitive and behavioral effects of neurodegenerative disease, behavioral markers of pre-clinical Alzheimer's disease, and cognitive changes associated with typical aging.

Kramer earned a doctorate in psychology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Veteran's Administration Clinic in Martinez. He is board certified in clinical neuropsychology. Kramer is a clinical professor of neuropsychology in Neurology at UCSF.


Memory and Aging Center
1500 Owens St., Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2057
Fax: (415) 353-8292

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

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Baylor University School of Medicine 1982


Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinez, Calif., Neuropsychology 1983

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Rojas JC, Stephens ML, Rabinovici GD, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Seeley WW. Multiproteinopathy, neurodegeneration and old age: a case study. Neurocase. 2018 Jan 06; 1-6.
  2. Perry DC, Brown JA, Possin KL, Datta S, Trujillo A, Radke A, Karydas A, Kornak J, Sias AC, Rabinovici GD, Gorno-Tempini ML, Boxer AL, De May M, Rankin KP, Sturm VE, Lee SE, Matthews BR, Kao AW, Vossel KA, Tartaglia MC, Miller ZA, Seo SW, Sidhu M, Gaus SE, Nana AL, Vargas JNS, Hwang JL, Ossenkoppele R, Brown AB, Huang EJ, Coppola G, Rosen HJ, Geschwind D, Trojanowski JQ, Grinberg LT, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Seeley WW. Clinicopathological correlations in behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia. Brain. 2017 Dec 01; 140(12):3329-3345.
  3. Perry DC, Datta S, Sturm VE, Wood KA, Zakrzewski J, Seeley WW, Miller BL, Kramer JH, Rosen HJ. Reward deficits in behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia include insensitivity to negative stimuli. Brain. 2017 Dec 01; 140(12):3346-3356.
  4. Watson CL, Possin K, Allen IE, Hubbard HI, Meyer M, Welch AE, Rabinovici GD, Rosen H, Rankin KP, Miller Z, Santos-Santos MA, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Gorno-Tempini ML. Visuospatial Functioning in the Primary Progressive Aphasias. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2017 Oct 17; 1-10.
  5. Bejanin A, Schonhaut DR, La Joie R, Kramer JH, Baker SL, Sosa N, Ayakta N, Cantwell A, Janabi M, Lauriola M, O'Neil JP, Gorno-Tempini ML, Miller ZA, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Jagust WJ, Rabinovici GD. Tau pathology and neurodegeneration contribute to cognitive impairment in Alzheimer's disease. Brain. 2017 Oct 07.
  6. Schonhaut DR, McMillan CT, Spina S, Dickerson BC, Siderowf A, Devous MD, Tsai R, Winer J, Russell DS, Litvan I, Roberson ED, Seeley WW, Grinberg LT, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Pressman P, Nasrallah I, Baker SL, Gomperts SN, Johnson KA, Grossman M, Jagust WJ, Boxer AL, Rabinovici GD. (18) F-flortaucipir tau PET distinguishes established progressive supranuclear palsy from controls and Parkinson's disease: A multicenter study. Ann Neurol. 2017 Oct 05.
  7. Walsh CM, Ruoff L, Walker K, Emery A, Varbel J, Karageorgiou E, Luong PN, Mance I, Heuer HW, Boxer AL, Grinberg LT, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Neylan TC. Sleepless night and day, the plight of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Sleep. 2017 Oct 05.
  8. Leung JM, Sands LP, Chen N, Ames C, Berven S, Bozic K, Burch S, Chou D, Covinsky K, Deviren V, Kinjo S, Kramer JH, Ries M, Tay B, Vail T, Weinstein P, Chang S, Meckler G, Newman S, Tsai T, Voss V, Youngblom E. Perioperative Gabapentin Does Not Reduce Postoperative Delirium in Older Surgical Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Anesthesiology. 2017 Oct; 127(4):633-644.
  9. Iaccarino L, Tammewar G, Ayakta N, Baker SL, Bejanin A, Boxer AL, Gorno-Tempini ML, Janabi M, Kramer JH, Lazaris A, Lockhart SN, Miller BL, Miller ZA, O'Neil JP, Ossenkoppele R, Rosen HJ, Schonhaut DR, Jagust WJ, Rabinovici GD. Local and distant relationships between amyloid, tau and neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's Disease. Neuroimage Clin. 2018; 17:452-464.
  10. Elahi FM, Marx G, Cobigo Y, Staffaroni AM, Kornak J, Tosun D, Boxer AL, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Rosen HJ. Longitudinal white matter change in frontotemporal dementia subtypes and sporadic late onset Alzheimer's disease. Neuroimage Clin. 2017; 16:595-603.
  11. Sturm VE, Perry DC, Wood K, Hua AY, Alcantar O, Datta S, Rankin KP, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Kramer JH. Prosocial deficits in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia relate to reward network atrophy. Brain Behav. 2017 Oct; 7(10):e00807.
  12. Brown JA, Hua AY, Trujllo A, Attygalle S, Binney RJ, Spina S, Lee SE, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Rosen HJ, Boxer AL, Seeley WW. Advancing functional dysconnectivity and atrophy in progressive supranuclear palsy. Neuroimage Clin. 2017; 16:564-574.
  13. Saloner R, Casaletto KB, Marx G, Dutt S, Vanden Bussche AB, You M, Fox E, Stiver J, Kramer JH. Performance on a 1-week delayed recall task is associated with medial temporal lobe structures in neurologically normal older adults. Clin Neuropsychol. 2017 Aug 31; 1-12.
  14. Multani N, Galantucci S, Wilson SM, Shany-Ur T, Poorzand P, Growdon ME, Jang JY, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Rankin KP, Gorno-Tempini ML, Tartaglia MC. Emotion detection deficits and changes in personality traits linked to loss of white matter integrity in primary progressive aphasia. Neuroimage Clin. 2017; 16:447-454.
  15. Clifford KM, Samboju V, Cobigo Y, Milanini B, Marx GA, Hellmuth JM, Rosen HJ, Kramer JH, Allen IE, Valcour VG. Progressive Brain Atrophy Despite Persistent Viral Suppression in HIV Over Age 60. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Jun 22.
  16. Parthasarathy V, Frazier DT, Bettcher BM, Jastrzab L, Chao L, Reed B, Mungas D, Weiner M, DeCarli C, Chui H, Kramer JH. Triglycerides are negatively correlated with cognitive function in nondemented aging adults. Neuropsychology. 2017 Sep; 31(6):682-688.
  17. Ramirez-Gomez L, Zheng L, Reed B, Kramer J, Mungas D, Zarow C, Vinters H, Ringman JM, Chui H. Neuropsychological Profiles Differentiate Alzheimer Disease from Subcortical Ischemic Vascular Dementia in an Autopsy-Defined Cohort. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2017; 44(1-2):1-11.
  18. Casaletto KB, Marx G, Dutt S, Neuhaus J, Saloner R, Kritikos L, Miller B, Kramer JH. Is "Learning" episodic memory? Distinct cognitive and neuroanatomic correlates of immediate recall during learning trials in neurologically normal aging and neurodegenerative cohorts. Neuropsychologia. 2017 Jul 28; 102:19-28.
  19. Possin KL, Kim H, Geschwind MD, Moskowitz T, Johnson ET, Sha SJ, Apple A, Xu D, Miller BL, Finkbeiner S, Hess CP, Kramer JH. Egocentric and allocentric visuospatial working memory in premotor Huntington's disease: A double dissociation with caudate and hippocampal volumes. Neuropsychologia. 2017 Jul 01; 101:57-64.
  20. Scheltens NME, Tijms BM, Koene T, Barkhof F, Teunissen CE, Wolfsgruber S, Wagner M, Kornhuber J, Peters O, Cohn-Sheehy BI, Rabinovici GD, Miller BL, Kramer JH, Scheltens P, van der Flier WM. Cognitive subtypes of probable Alzheimer's disease robustly identified in four cohorts. Alzheimers Dement. 2017 Apr 17.

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