Katherine Rankin, PhD


Katherine Rankin is a neuropsychologist at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center who assesses cognitive and emotional symptoms in patients with memory disorders. In her research, she examines neurological changes than can alter personality and social behavior in dementia, and is working to develop tests of social and emotional cognition that will allow earlier, more accurate diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia and corticobasal degeneration.

Rankin earned a B.A. in psychology at Yale University, followed by a doctorate in clinical psychology at the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Los Angeles. She completed an internship at the Veteran's Administration Clinic in Martinez and at UC Davis Medical Center, followed by a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at UCSF. She is a professor in the Department of Neurology.


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.

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Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Psychology 2000


UCSF Department of Psychiatry, Neuropsychology 2002

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Possin KL, Moskowitz T, Erlhoff SJ, Rogers KM, Johnson ET, Steele NZR, Higgins JJ, Stiver J, Alioto AG, Farias ST, Miller BL, Rankin KP. The Brain Health Assessment for Detecting and Diagnosing Neurocognitive Disorders. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Jan; 66(1):150-156.
  2. Brown CL, Lwi SJ, Goodkind MS, Rankin KP, Merrilees J, Miller BL, Levenson RW. Empathic Accuracy Deficits in Patients with Neurodegenerative Disease: Association with Caregiver Depression. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Dec 27.
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Pressman PS, Simpson M, Gola K, Shdo SM, Spinelli EG, Miller BL, Gorno-Tempini ML, Rankin K, Levenson RW. Observing conversational laughter in frontotemporal dementia. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2017 May; 88(5):418-424.
  8. Shdo SM, Ranasinghe KG, Gola KA, Mielke CJ, Sukhanov PV, Miller BL, Rankin KP. Deconstructing empathy: Neuroanatomical dissociations between affect sharing and prosocial motivation using a patient lesion model. Neuropsychologia. 2017 Feb 14.
  9. Gola KA, Shany-Ur T, Pressman P, Sulman I, Galeana E, Paulsen H, Nguyen L, Wu T, Adhimoolam B, Poorzand P, Miller BL, Rankin KP. A neural network underlying intentional emotional facial expression in neurodegenerative disease. Neuroimage Clin. 2017; 14:672-678.
  10. Fong JC, Rojas JC, Bang J, Legati A, Rankin KP, Forner S, Miller ZA, Karydas AM, Coppola G, Grouse CK, Ralph J, Miller BL, Geschwind MD. Genetic Prion Disease Caused by PRNP Q160X Mutation Presenting with an Orbitofrontal Syndrome, Cyclic Diarrhea, and Peripheral Neuropathy. J Alzheimers Dis. 2017; 55(1):249-258.
  11. Wendelken LA, Jahanshad N, Rosen HJ, Busovaca E, Allen I, Coppola G, Adams C, Rankin KP, Milanini B, Clifford K, Wojta K, Nir TM, Gutman BA, Thompson PM, Valcour V. ApoE e4 Is Associated With Cognition, Brain Integrity, and Atrophy in HIV Over Age 60. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Dec 01; 73(4):426-432.
  12. Miller ZA, Sturm VE, Camsari GB, Karydas A, Yokoyama JS, Grinberg LT, Boxer AL, Rosen HJ, Rankin KP, Gorno-Tempini ML, Coppola G, Geschwind DH, Rademakers R, Seeley WW, Graff-Radford NR, Miller BL. Increased prevalence of autoimmune disease within C9 and FTD/MND cohorts: Completing the picture. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2016 Dec; 3(6):e301.
  13. Bertoux M, Sarazin M, Pasquier F, Bottlaender M, de Souza LC, Mioshi E, Hornberger M, Ranasinghe KG, Rankin KP, Lobach IV, Kramer JH, Sturm VE, Bettcher BM, Possin K, You SC, Lamarre AK, Shany-Ur T, Stephens ML, Perry DC, Lee SE, Miller ZA, Gorno-Tempini ML, Rosen HJ, Boxer A, Seeley WW, Rabinovici GD, Vossel KA, Miller BL. Cognition and neuropsychiatry in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia by disease stage. Neurology. 2016 Oct 04; 87(14):1523.
  14. Ranasinghe KG, Rankin KP, Pressman PS, Perry DC, Lobach IV, Seeley WW, Coppola G, Karydas AM, Grinberg LT, Shany-Ur T, Lee SE, Rabinovici GD, Rosen HJ, Gorno-Tempini ML, Boxer AL, Miller ZA, Chiong W, DeMay M, Kramer JH, Possin KL, Sturm VE, Bettcher BM, Neylan M, Zackey DD, Nguyen LA, Ketelle R, Block N, Wu TQ, Dallich A, Russek N, Caplan A, Geschwind DH, Vossel KA, Miller BL. Distinct Subtypes of Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia Based on Patterns of Network Degeneration. JAMA Neurol. 2016 Sep 01; 73(9):1078-88.
  15. Binney RJ, Henry ML, Babiak M, Pressman PS, Santos-Santos MA, Narvid J, Mandelli ML, Strain PJ, Miller BL, Rankin KP, Rosen HJ, Gorno-Tempini ML. Reading words and other people: A comparison of exception word, familiar face and affect processing in the left and right temporal variants of primary progressive aphasia. Cortex. 2016 Sep; 82:147-163.
  16. Guo CC, Sturm VE, Zhou J, Gennatas ED, Trujillo AJ, Hua AY, Crawford R, Stables L, Kramer JH, Rankin K, Levenson RW, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Seeley WW. Dominant hemisphere lateralization of cortical parasympathetic control as revealed by frontotemporal dementia. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Apr 26; 113(17):E2430-9.
  17. Ranasinghe KG, Rankin KP, Lobach IV, Kramer JH, Sturm VE, Bettcher BM, Possin K, Christine You S, Lamarre AK, Shany-Ur T, Stephens ML, Perry DC, Lee SE, Miller ZA, Gorno-Tempini ML, Rosen HJ, Boxer A, Seeley WW, Rabinovici GD, Vossel KA, Miller BL. Cognition and neuropsychiatry in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia by disease stage. Neurology. 2016 Feb 16; 86(7):600-10.
  18. Shinagawa S, Catindig JA, Block NR, Miller BL, Rankin KP. When a Little Knowledge Can Be Dangerous: False-Positive Diagnosis of Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia among Community Clinicians. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2016; 41(1-2):99-108.
  19. Gola KA, Thorne A, Veldhuisen LD, Felix CM, Hankinson S, Pham J, Shany-Ur T, Schauer GP, Stanley CM, Glenn S, Miller BL, Rankin KP. Neural substrates of spontaneous narrative production in focal neurodegenerative disease. Neuropsychologia. 2015 Dec; 79(Pt A):158-71.
  20. Toller G, Adhimoolam B, Rankin KP, Huppertz HJ, Kurthen M, Jokeit H. Right fronto-limbic atrophy is associated with reduced empathy in refractory unilateral mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. Neuropsychologia. 2015 Nov; 78:80-7.

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