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Kathy A. Lawler, PhD

Kathy A. Lawler, PhD Clinical Psychologist or Neuropsychologist (PhD or PsyD)

Penn Medicine Clinician of Neurology

Dr. Lawler is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neurology

Programs & Centers:

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Brain Metastasis
  • Brain Tumors
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Chordoma
  • Corticobasal Syndrome (CBS)
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Diagnostic Test
  • Glioblastoma
  • Memory Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Neurocutaneous Disorders
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Orbital Tumors
  • Pick's Disease
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Prolactinoma
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spinal Schwannoma
  • Spinal Tumor
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Education and Training

Graduate School: Michigan State University
Residency: Churchill Hospital
Graduate School: University of Oxford
Fellowship: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fellowship: New England Rehabilitation Hospital
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Psychological Association, National International Neuropsychological Society, International Philadelphia Neuropsychological Society, Local Society for Neuroscience, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Lawler is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Research is primarily focused on the cognitive and behavioral effects of HIV, espcially affective changes and executive dysfunction; and develping clinical tools appropriate for use in resource-limited settings.

Selected Publications:

Thomas A, Lawler K, Olson I, Aguirre GK: The Philadelphia Face Perception Battery (PFPB) Arch of Clin Neuropsychol 23 (2): 175-187,2008.

Seloilwe E, Steenhoff A, Mosepele M, Nthobatsang R, Thakur R, Steele K, Coslett B, Lawler K: HIV-Associated Depression : 2008.

Carswell M, Lawler K: Paraneoplastic Limbic Encephalitis (PLE): A Case Study of Long-term Cognitive and MRI Findings International Neuropsychological Society Abstracts : 2007.

Thomas A, Lawler K, Olson I, Aguirre GK: The Philadelphia Face Perception Battery : 2007.

Mechanic-Hamilton D, Korczykowski M, Kimberg D, Tracy J, Lawler K, Sperling M, French J, Detre J: Neural Changes in fMRI Activation After Surgical Intervention for Temporal Lobe Epilepsy International Neuropsychological Society Abstracts : 2006.

Carswell M, Lawler K: Neuropsychological Findings of Kallaman's Syndrome Spectrum: A Clinical Case Study International Neuropsychological Society Abstracts : 2006.

Ances B, Roc A, Wang J, Korczykowski M, Okawa J, Stern J, Kim J, Wolf R, Lawler K, Kolson D, Detre J: Caudate Cerebral Blood Flow and Volume are Reduced in HIV Neurocognitively Impaired Patients Neurology 66 : 862-866,2006.

Carswell M, Lawler K, Aguirre G, Dichter M: Retinotopic Mapping of the Visual Cortex with fMRI and Neuropsychological Testing in a Patient with a Focal Occipital Lesion American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Abstracts : 2006.

Lawler K and Terringino C: Guidelines for the Evaluation and Education of Adult Patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries J Head Trauma Rehab 11 (6): 18-28,1996.

Cortical and Subcortical Afferent Connections of the Posterior Division of Feline Area 7 (area 7p) J of Comp Neurol 259 : 13-30,1987.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Neurology
3 West Gates Building
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-3371
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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