Jeffrey Motter, PhD


Jeffrey Motter, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His research is conducted at the Memory Disorders Clinic within the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry.


Dr. Motter’s research has centered on affective disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and the interplay between these conditions. More recently, his work has concentrated on defining the neural substrates of olfaction within Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and determining the utility of olfaction as an early risk factor for dementia incidence and mortality. He was awarded the Robert Katzman, MD Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research’ from the American Academy of Neurology, Alzheimer’s Association, and American Brain Foundation. He is Principal Investigator of a K23 award funded by the National Institute on Aging aimed at investigating odor memory across stages of Alzheimer’s disease using newly designed fMRI-compatible odor recognition tests.


Dr. Motter completed his undergraduate degree at Pennsylvania State University, his graduate training in clinical psychology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and his internship in clinical neuropsychology at John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He completed his postdoctoral training in late life neuropsychiatric disorders at Columbia University. Dr. Motter is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment of anxiety and depression as well as neuropsychological evaluation of memory disorders.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)


  • Male

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • B.S., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Internship: John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Columbia University Irving Medical Center


Research Interests


·       Alzheimer’s disease

·       Olfaction

·       Geriatric neuropsychology

·       Affective disorders

Selected Publications

Motter, J.N., Choi, J., Lee, S., Goldberg, T.E., Albert, S., Devanand, D.P. (2023). Association of Performance on Olfactory and Cognitive Screening Tests With Conversion to Dementia in a Biracial Cohort of Older Adults. Neurology. Doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000207578


Motter, J.N., Rushia, S.N., Qian, M., Ndouli, C., Nwosu, A., Petrella, J.R., Doraiswamy, P.M., Goldberg, T.E., Devanand, D.P. (2023). Expectancy Does Not Predict 18-month Treatment Outcomes with Cognitive Training in Mild Cognitive Impairment. J Prev Alz Dis. doi: 10.14283/jpad.2023.62


Choi, J., Lee, S., Motter, J.N., Andrews, H., Doraiswamy, P.M., Devanand, D.P., & Goldberg, T.E. (2022) Models of Depressive Pseudodementia. Alzheimer's Dement. doi: 10.1002/trc2.12335


Motter, J.N., Lee, S., Sneed, J.R., Doraiswamy, P.M., Pelton, G.H., Petrella, J.R., Devanand, D.P. (2021) Cortical thickness predicts remission of depression with antidepressants in patients with late-life depression and cognitive impairment. Journal of Affective Disorders. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.08.062


Egglefield, D.A., Schiff, S., Motter, J.N., Grinberg, A., Rutherford, B.R., & Sneed, J.R. (2021). Cortical thickness and hippocampal volume in vascular and non-vascular depressed patients. Front Psychiatry. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.697489


Grinberg, A., Egglefield, D.A., Schiff, S., Motter, J.N., Sneed, J.R. (2021) Computerized Cognitive Training: A Review of Mechanisms, Methodological Considerations, and Application to Research in Depression. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement. doi: 10.1007/s41465-021-00209-4


Schiff, S., Egglefield, D.A., Motter, J.N., Grinberg, A., Rushia, S.N., Rutherford, B.R., Sneed, J.R. (2021). Who benefits from computerized cognitive training? Lower processing speed predicts greater cognitive improvement. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports. doi: 10.1016/j.jadr.2021.100149


Motter, J.N., Liu, X., Cohen, H.R., & Devanand, D.P. (2021). Odor Identification Impairment  and Cholinesterase Inhibitor Treatment in Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer's Dement Diagnosis Assess Dis Monit. doi: 10.1002/dad2.12158


Steffener, J., Motter, J.N., Tabert, M.H., & Devanand, D.P. (2021). Odorant-induced brain activation as a function of normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease: a preliminary study. Behav. Brain Res. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2020.113078


Rushia, S.N., Shehab, A.A., Motter, J.N., Egglefield, D.A., Schiff, S., Sneed, J.R., & Garcon, E. (2020). Vascular depression for radiology: A review of the construct, methodology, and diagnosis. World Journal of Radiology. doi: 10.4329/wjr.v12.i5.48


Rushia, S.N., Schiff, S., Egglefield, D.A., Motter, J.N., Grinberg, A., Saldana, D.G., Shehab, A.A., Fan, J., & Sneed, J.R. (2020). Testing the mechanism of action of computerized cognitive training in young adults with depression: Protocol for a blinded, randomized, controlled treatment trial. Journal of Psychiatry and Brain Science. doi: 10.20900/jpbs.20200014


Dana, K., Finik, J., Koenig, S., Motter, J.N, Zhang, W., Linaris, M., Brumberg, J.C., & Nomura, Y. (2019 Prenatal Exposure to Famine and Risk for Development of Psychopathology in Adulthood: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Disorders. doi: 10.26502/jppd.2572-519X0077


Motter, J.N.*, Grinberg, A.*, Lieberman, D.H., Iqnaibi, W.B., & Sneed, J.R. (2019) Computerized cognitive training in young adults with depressive symptoms: effects on mood, cognition, and everyday functioning. Journal of Affective Disorders. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.10.109


Motter, J.N., Pelton, G.H., D’Antonio, K., Rushia, S.N., Pimontel, M.A., Petrella, J.R., Garcon, E., Ciovacco, M.W., Sneed, J. Doraiswamy, P.M., & Devanand, D.P. (2018). Clinical and radiological characteristics of early versus late mild cognitive impairment in patients with comorbid depressive disorder. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. doi: 10.1002/gps.4955


Motter, J.N., Devanand, D.P., Doraiswamy, P. M., & Sneed, J.R. (2016). Clinical Trials to Gain FDA Approval for Computerized Cognitive Training: What Is the Ideal Control Condition? Front Aging Neurosci. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2016.00249


Motter, J.N., Pimontel, M.A., Rindskopf, D., Devanand, D.P., Doraiswamy, P.M., & Sneed, J.R. (2016). Computerized cognitive training and functional recovery in major depressive disorder: A meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2015.09.022


Motter, J.N., Devanand, D.P., Doraiswamy, P.M., & Sneed, J.R. (2015). Computerized cognitive training for major depressive disorder: what’s next? Front Psychiatry. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00137



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