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I take pride in my assessments and have lots of opinions
— Katie osborn-spirko, Psy.d.

Katie Osborn-Spirko, Psy.D.

Clinical Neuropsychologist-HSP



  • Neuropsychological Testing

  • Difficult Diagnostic Questions

  • Alzheimers dementia

  • Forensic Assessment

  • Memory Problems

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Learning Differences

  • Malingering & Factitious Disorder

Katie Osborn Spirko, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist-HSP & Neuropsychologist

Director of Assessment Services

Credentials: Licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist-HSP

Primary populations: Adolescents, adults, & older adults

Specialties: Neuropsychological and Psychological assessment, forensic assessment and consultation in legal contexts, Alzheimer’s disease, diagnosis of atypical dementias, decisional capacity, memory and attention problems, ADHD, intellectual giftedness, academic accommodations for special learning needs

PSYCHē is raising the bar on psychological testing. Meet Dr. Katie Osborn-Spirko:

Dr. Katie Osborn-Spirko is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a range of psychiatric and neurological conditions. She holds a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology with a specialty emphasis in neuropsychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, followed by a 3-year clinical and research fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. While at Vanderbilt, she was awarded a prestigious National Research Service Award grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund research on early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. She has published over 25 research articles in scientific journals on topics including Alzheimer’s disease, memory impairment, neurological dysfunction, and performance validity in neuropsychological assessment (i.e., distinguishing valid testing efforts from attempts to feign memory or other cognitive impairments for secondary gain). 

Dr. Osborn-Spirko is passionate about providing exemplary clinical service, going above and beyond the typical psychological assessment process to meet the unique needs and goals of each client. She develops individualized evaluations for every single client to comprehensively and accurately address their concerns as comfortably and efficiently as possible. While not at PSYCHe, Dr. Osborn-Spirko directs the undergraduate psychology program at Lipscomb University, where she is an Assistant Professor, teaching coursework in abnormal psychology, child development, and behavior modification. In her free time, she enjoys baking, taking on lofty home improvement projects, and hanging out with her husband, 7-year-old daughter, and their growing cadre of pets. 

Publications (Listed under former last name (Eichstaedt) through 2015):

  • Eichstaedt KE, Kovatch K, & Maroof DA. (2013). A less conservative method to adjust for familywise error rate in neuropsychological research: The Holm's Sequential Bonferroni procedure. NeuroRehabilitation, 32(3), 693-696. (link)

  • Rinehardt E, Eichstaedt KE, Schinka J, Loewenstein D, Mattingly ML, Fils J, Duara R, Schoenberg MR. (2014). Verbal fluency patterns in mild cognitive disorder and Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 38, 1-9. (link)

  • Eichstaedt KE, Clifton WE, Vale FL, Benbadis SR, Bozorg AM, Rodgers-Neame NT, Schoenberg MR. (2014). Sensitivity of Green’s Word Memory Test genuine memory impairment profile to temporal pathology: A study in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 28(6), 941-953. (link)

  • Soble JR, Eichstaedt KE, Waseem H, Mattingly ML, Benbadis SR, Bozorg AM, Vale FL, Schoenberg MR (2014). Clinical utility of the Wechsler Memory Scale-Fourth Edition (WMS-IV) in predicting laterality of temporal lobe epilepsy surgical candidates. Epilepsy & Behavior, 41, 232-237. (link)

  • Eichstaedt KE, Soble JR, Kamper JE, Bozorg AM, Benbadis SR, Schoenberg MR. (2015). Sex differences in lateralization of semantic verbal fluency among individuals with temporal lobe epilepsy. Brain & Language, 141, 11-15. (link)

  • Waseem H, Osborn KE, Schoenberg MR, Kelley V, Bozorg A, Cabello D, Benbadis SR, Vale FL. (2015). Laser ablation therapy: An alternative treatment for medically resistant mesial temporal lobe epilepsy after age 50. Epilepsy & Behavior, 51, 152-157. (link)

  • Osborn KE, Shytle RD, Frontera AT, Soble JR, Schoenberg MR. (2016). Addressing potential role of magnesium dyshomeostasis to improve treatment efficacy for epilepsy: A reexamination of the literature. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 56(3), 260-265. (link)

  • Waseem H, Osborn KE, Schoenberg MR, Kelley V, Bozorg AM, Benbadis SR, Vale FL. (2015). Predictors of surgical outcome in medically-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy with bilateral features on pre-operative evaluation. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, 139, 199-205. (link)

  • Soble JR, Osborn KE, Mattingly ML, Vale FL, Benbadis SR, Rodgers-Neame NT, Schoenberg MR. (2016). Utility of Green’s Word Memory Test Free Recall (FR) index with age adjustment to identify verbal memory deficits: Initial evidence from an epilepsy patient sample. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 31(1), 79-87. (link)

  • Whiteside DM, Guidotti Breting LM, Butts AM, Hahn-Ketter AE, Osborn KE, Towns SJ, Barisa M, Santos OA, Smith D. (2016). 2015 American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) Student Affairs Committee National Survey of Neuropsychology Trainees. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 30(5), 664-694. (link)

  • Sperling SA, Cimino CR, Stricker NH, Heffelfinger AK, Gess JL, Osborn KE, Roper BL. (epub 2017 April 10). Taxonomy for education and training in clinical neuropsychology: History of development and a call to programs for adoption. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 31(5), 817-828. (link)

  • Schoenberg MR, Rum R, Osborn KE, Werz MA. (2017). A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled cross-over study of the effects of levetiracetam on cognition, mood, and balance in healthy older adults. Epilepsia, 58(9), 1566-1574. (link)

  • Schoenberg MR, Osborn KE, Mahone EM, Feigon M, Roth RM, Pliskin NH. (2018). Physician preferences to communicate neuropsychological results: Comparison of qualitative descriptors and a proposal to reduce communication errors. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 33(5):631-643. (link)

  • Kresge HA, Khan OA, Wagener MA, Liu D, Terry JG, Nair S, Cambronero F, Gifford KA, Osborn KE, Hohman TJ, Pechman KR, Bell SP, Wang TJ, Carr JJ, Jefferson AL. (2018). Subclinical compromise in cardiac strain relates to lower cognitive performances in older adults. Journal of the American Heart Association, 7(4), pii: e007562. (link)

  • Cambronero FC, Liu D, Neal JE, Moore EE, Gifford KA, Terry JG, Nair S, Pechman KR, Osborn KE, Hohman TJ, Bell SP, Sweatt JD, Wang TJ, Beckman JA, Carr JJ, Jefferson AL. (2018). APOE genotype modifies the association between central arterial stiffening and cognition in older adults. Neurobiology of Aging, 67, 120-127. (link)

  •  Osborn KE, Liu D, Samuels LR, Moore EE, Cambronero FE, Acosta LM, Bell SP, Babicz MA, Gordon EA, Pechman KR, Gifford KA, Hohman TJ, Zetterberg H, Jefferson AL. (2018). Cerebrospinal fluid Aβ42 and neurofilament light relate to white matter hyperintensities. Neurobiology of Aging, 68, 18-25. (link)

  • Roper BL, Block CK, Osborn KE, Ready RE. (2018). Education and training for clinical neuropsychologists in integrated care settings. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 33(3):263-268. (link)

  • Moore EE, Hohman TJ, Badami FS, Pechman KR, Osborn KE, Acosta LY, Bell SP, Babicz MA, Gifford KA, Anderson AW, Goldstein L, Blennow K, Zetterberg H, Jefferson AL. (2018). Neurofilament relates to white matter microstructure in older adults. Neurobiology of Aging, 70: 233-241. (link)

  • Gifford KA, Liu D, Neal JE, Babicz MA, Thompson JL, Walljasper LE, Wiggins ME, Turchan M, Pechman KR, Osborn KE, Acosta LMY, Bell SP, Hohman TJ, Libon DJ, Blennow K, Zetterberg H, Jefferson AL. (2018). The 12-word Philadelphia Verbal Learning Test performances in older adults: Brain MRI and cerebrospinal fluid correlates and regression-based normative data. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders EXTRA, 8: 476-491. (link)

  • Passiak BS, Liu D, Kresge HA, Cambronero FE, Pechman KR, Osborn KE, Gifford KA, Hohman TJ, Schrag MS, Davis LT, Jefferson AL. (in press). Perivascular spaces contribute to cognition beyond other small vessel disease markers. Neurology. (link)

  • Osborn KE, Alverio JM, Dumitrescu LC, Pechman KR, Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, Gifford KA, Hohman TJ, Blennow K, Zetterberg H, Jefferson AL. (in press). Adverse vascular risk relates to cerebrospinal fluid biomarker evidence of axonal injury in the presence of Alzheimer’s disease pathology. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. (link)

  • Bown CW, Liu D, Osborn KE, Gupta DK, Mendes LA, Pechman KR, Wang TJ, Hohman TJ, Gifford KA, Jefferson AL. (in press). Apolipoprotein E genotype modifies the association between cardiac output and cognition in older adults. Journal of the American Heart Association. (link)

  • Osborn KE, Khan OA, Bown C, Liu D, Moore EE, Cambronero FE, Babicz MA, Gordon EA, Gifford KA, Bell SP, Acosta LY, Hohman TJ, Blennow K, Zetterberg H, Jefferson AL. (in press). Cerebrospinal fluid and plasma neurofilament light relate to abnormal cognition. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment, & Disease Monitoring. (link)

  • Reale-Caldwell A, Osborn KE, Rum R, Soble JR, Kamper, J, Schoenberg MR. (in press). Comparing the North American Adult Reading Test (NAART) and the Test of Premorbid Functioning (TOPF) to estimate premorbid Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - 4th Edition FSIQ in a clinical sample with epilepsy. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult. (link)

Book Chapters:

  • Mattingly ML, Osborn KE, Prockop L. (2016). Toxic and metabolic dementias. In MD Geschwind & CR Belkoura (Eds.), Non-Alzheimer’s and Atypical Dementia. Blackwell Publishing. (link)

  • Schoenberg MR, Osborn KE, Soble JR. (2017). Use of reporting guidelines for research in clinical neuropsychology: Expanding evidence-based practice through enhanced transparency. In S Bowden (Ed.), Neuropsychological Assessment in the Era of Evidence-Based Practice. Oxford University Press. (link)

  • Schoenberg MR, Soble JR, Osborn KE. (2019). Psychometrics of assessment: Understanding what neuropsychology adds to the physician’s understanding of the patient. In K. M. Sanders (Ed.), The physician’s field guide to neuropsychology: Collaborative instruction through clinical case examples (pp. 45-60). New York: Springer. (link)

  • Osborn KE & Jefferson AL. (in preparation). Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. In Neuropsychology of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias.