Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer, PhD


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Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor in Neurology
Director, Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (Bryan ADRC)
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Geriatric Behavioral Health
DUMC 3503
Durham, NC 27710
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  • PhD, Psychology, University of Virginia, 1985
  • Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Iowa, 1985-1987
Other Training:
  • Board-Certified, Clinical Neuropsychology, ABPD-CN, 1997
Clinical Interests:
Neuropsychological evaluation of adults with known or suspected brain injuries, specializing in geriatrics, Alzheimer's disease, memory disorders, movement disorders, stroke, toxic exposure
Research Interests:
Dr. Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer is a Professor of Psychiatry with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neurology. She is also the Chief of the Medical Psychology CPU, the professional home for the over 200 academic psychologists within Duke Medical Center.  

Clinically trained as a neuropsychologist, Dr. Welsh-Bohmer's research activities have been focused around developing effective prevention and treatment strategies to delay the onset of cognitive disorders occurring in later life.  Since 2006 she has directed the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer’s Center in the Department of Neurology, where she leads a large multidisciplinary team focused on discovering the biological basis of Alzheimer’s disease and developing methods to enhance early diagnosis and speed drug discovery.

Currently, she oversees the neuropsychology scientific operations of a Phase III global clinical trial to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease entitled the “TOMMORROW” study (Takeda Pharmaceutical Company funded). The methods her team is developing for this study fill an information void and have implications for accelerating global clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease prevention.