Kate Possin’s career is focused on improving how patients with neurodegenerative disease are diagnosed and cared for. Her research program has investigated the brain bases of cognitive decline, developed novel and practical methods for measuring cognition, and advanced a new model of dementia care. Clinically, she is a practicing neuropsychologist and evaluates and cares for individuals with known or suspected neurodegenerative diseases at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center clinic.
In recent years, Possin’s research program has increasingly focused on applied research projects that can benefit patients with brain health disorders and their families. She has two major projects in this area: The Care Ecosystem and the UCSF Brain Health Assessment. The Care Ecosystem is a telephone-based supportive care intervention for patients with dementia and their caregivers. Central to this model is the Care Team Navigator, an unlicensed dementia care guide who is the patient and caregiver’s first point of contact and delivers support to patients and families, drawing on the expertise of UCSF Memory and Aging Center multidisciplinary specialists.
Simultaneously, Possin has been working to improve cognitive assessment and diagnosis in everyday community settings. She has developed and validated digital assessment and diagnostic tools including the UCSF Brain Health Assessment, along with the software platform “TabCAT” (on which the assessment is delivered).
At GBHI, Possin serves on the Pilots and Projects Committee and is a mentor for the Atlantic Fellows.
Bio: Kate Possin was awarded her PhD degree in clinical psychology from the University of California, San Diego 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. She is currently an associate professor of neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology.