About Christina Kay, PhD

Dr. Christina Kay is a Staff Neuropsychologist at the MGH Psychology Assessment Center (PAC) and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kay completed undergraduate studies at Tufts University and earned a Master's degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with specialization in neuropsychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Her clinical training included a neuropsychology internship at MGH and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts.

Dr. Kay performs neuropsychological evaluations of adults, including extensive work with the geriatric population. She specializes in neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia, and frontotemporal disorders. She also has clinical expertise in autoimmune encephalitis, central nervous system infections, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, functional neurological disorders, and other neuropsychiatric conditions. Dr. Kay's current research aims to identify and better understand long-term cognitive sequelae of autoimmune encephalitis.

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Mass General Psychology Assessment Center
One Bowdoin Square
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Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-643-3997

Medical Education

  • PhD, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

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  • Kay, C. D., Early-Onset Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia and its Impact on the Family Unit: A Case Study (Oct 2017). Grand Rounds Symposium (selected oral presentation), Annual Conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Boston, MA.

    Kay, C. D., Leveroni, C., & Colvin, M. K. (June, 2017). Cognitive sequelae of anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis: A case series. Poster Presentation, Annual American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) Conference, Boston, MA. Abstract published in: The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Volume 31, Number 4, pp 723.

    Kay, C. D., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Nielson, K. A., Smith, J. C., Woodard, J. L., & Rao, S. M. (2017). Motor timing intraindividual variability in amnestic mild cognitive impairment and cognitively intact elders at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 1-10.

    Smith, J. C., Nielson, K. A., Woodard, J. L., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Hazlett, K. E., Figueroa, C. M., Kandah, C. C., Kay, C. D., Matthews, M. A., & Rao, S. M. (2014). Physical activity reduces hippocampal atrophy in elders at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6(61), 1-7.

    Seidenberg, M., Kay, C. D., Woodard, J. L., Nielson, K. A., Smith, J. C., Kandah, C., Guidotti Breting, L. M., Novitski, J., Lancaster, M., Matthews, M., Hantke, N., Butts, A., & Rao, S. M. (2013). Recognition of famous names predicts cognitive decline in healthy elders. Neuropsychology, 27(3), 333-342.

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