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Kate Yurgil

Director of Neuroscience, Associate Professor of Psychology

Kate Yurgil
Kate Yurgil

Kate Yurgil joined the Department of Psychological Sciences in the fall of 2014. After receiving her B.A. in psychology in 2005 from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Yurgil earned her M.S. in psychological science from Tulane University in 2008.  She completed her Ph.D. in 2010, also from Tulane, with an emphasis in cognitive neuroscience.  Her doctoral research focused on using electroencephalography (EEG) to examine individual and age differences in attention and memory processes. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Yurgil conducted research in applied behavioral health at the VA Healthcare System in San Diego, CA. She continues to collaborate on projects related to posttraumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and other mental and physical health outcomes following combat.

Dr. Yurgil enjoys involving students in multi-disciplinary research that integrates measures of human behavior, cognition, and neurophysiology. She and her students are currently investigating the effects of music training on memory and attention, as well as examining the neural basis of personal growth after trauma. She has presented her work at annual meetings for Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Society for Neuroscience, and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Dr. Yurgil received the College of Arts & Sciences 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award.



Yurgil, K. A., Velasquez, M., Winston, J., Reichman, N., and Colombo, P. (2020). Music Training, working memory, and neural oscillations: A review. Frontiers Psychology, 11, 266.

Clifford, R. E., Baker, D. G., Risbrough, V. B., Huang, M., and Yurgil, K. A. (2019). Impact of TBI, PTSD, and hearing loss on tinnitus progression in a US Marine cohort. Military Medicine, usz016.

Yurgil, K. A., Clifford, R. E., Risbrough, V. B., Geyer, M. A., Huang, M. X., Barkauskas, D. A., Vasterling, J. J., and Baker, D. G. (2016). Prospective associations between traumatic brain injury and post-deployment tinnitus in active-duty Marines. J Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 31, 30-39.

Huang, M. X., Yurgil, K. A., Robb, A., Angeles, A., Diwakar, M., Nichols, S. L., Risbrough, V. B., McLay, M., Theilmann, R. J., Song, T., Huang, C. W., Lee, R. R., and Baker, D. G. (2014). Voxel-wise resting-state MEG source magnitude imaging study reveals neurocircuitry abnormality in service members and veterans with PTSD. NeuroImage: Clinical, 5, 408-419.

Yurgil, K. A., Barkauskas, D. A., Vasterling, J. J., Nievergelt, C. M., Larson, G. E., Schork, N. J., Litz, B. T., Nash, W. P., MRS Team, and Baker, D. G. (2013). Associations between traumatic brain injury and risk of posttraumatic stress disorder in active-duty Marines. JAMA Psychiatry, 150(2), 149-157.

Yurgil, K. A., and Golob, E. J. (2013). Cortical potentials in an auditory oddball task reflect individual differences in working memory capacity. Psychophysiology, 50(12), 1263-1274.

Yurgil, K. A., and Golob, E. J. (2010). Neural activity before and after conscious perception in dichotic listening. Neuropsychologia, 48(10), 2952-2958.


B.A., Saint Louis University; M.S. & Ph.D., Tulane University

Classes Taught

  • Psychology In Your Life
  • Psychology of Trauma & Disaster
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
  • Sensation & Perception
  • Sensation & Perception Lab
  • History & Systems of Psychology