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. Hua AY, Sible IJ, Perry DC, Rankin KP, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Rosen HJ, Sturm VE. Enhanced Positive Emotional Reactivity Undermines Empathy in Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia. Front Neurol. 2018; 9:402.
  2. Jack CR, Bennett DA, Blennow K, Carrillo MC, Dunn B, Haeberlein SB, Holtzman DM, Jagust W, Jessen F, Karlawish J, Liu E, Molinuevo JL, Montine T, Phelps C, Rankin KP, Rowe CC, Scheltens P, Siemers E, Snyder HM, Sperling R. NIA-AA Research Framework: Toward a biological definition of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimers Dement. 2018 Apr; 14(4):535-562.
  3. Gola KA, Thorne A, Veldhuisen LD, Felix CM, Hankinson S, Pham J, Shany-Ur T, Schauer GF, Stanley CM, Glenn S, Miller BL, Rankin KP. Corrigendum to "Spontaneous narrative production in focal neurodegenerative disease" [Neuropsychologia 97 (2015) 158-171]. Neuropsychologia. 2018 Mar 12.

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