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Associate Professor


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Washington State University
Internship, Clinical Neuropsychology, Baylor College of Medicine
Fellowship, Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology, University of Washington

Board Certification

American Board of Professional Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology Subspecialty

Research Interests

Dr. Chaytor conducts research on the emotional, cognitive and functional correlates of chronic medical conditions. Prior to coming to WSU, she worked for over a decade as a clinical neuropsychologist in the UW Medicine system in neurology and rehabilitation medicine. She has been recognized nationally as an expert in the cognitive, psychosocial, quality of life, and emotional sequelae of neurological disease; including as a contributor to an Institute of Medicine report on improving quality of life in epilepsy, a chronic condition with high rates of significant cognitive, emotional and functional limitations. She has collaborated on several grants related to improving quality of life, mood and disease self-management in patients with epilepsy. She has also done work on the validity of self-reported cognitive and functional measures, as well as the relationship between cognitive assessment and real world functional outcomes. Most recently, her research has focused on older adults with type 1 diabetes, including cognitive and other risk factors for severe hypoglycemia, and other indicators of disease self-management. Other current interests include cognitive, quality of life and emotional outcomes associated with use of an artificial pancreas system in adults with type 1 diabetes and hypoglycemia unawareness, and cognitive and emotional predictors of outcome in chronic kidney disease.


Dr. Chaytor is faculty in the Providence Psychiatry Residency Spokane where she leads a 4-part didactic series on the Principles of Neuropsychological Assessment, Principles of Psychological Assessment, Neurocognitive Disorders, and the Neuropsychology of Psychiatric Disorders. She is also the co-lead of the WSU College of Medicine Psychiatry course, and is assisting with curriculum development for other COM courses.

Selected Publications

Weinstock RS, DuBose SN, Bergenstal RM, Chaytor NS, Peterson C, Olson BA, Munshi MN, Perrin AJ, Miller KM, Beck RW, Liljenquist DR, Aleppo G, Buse JB, Kruger D, Bhargava A, Goland RS, Edelen RC, Pratley RE, Peters AL, Rodriguez H, Ahmann AJ, Lock JP, Garg SK, Rickels MR, Hirsch IB; T1D Exchange Severe Hypoglycemia in Older Adults with Type 1 Diabetes Study Groups. Risk Factors Associated With Severe Hypoglycemia in Older Adults With Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2015 Dec 17. pii: dc151426. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26681721.

Chaytor NS, Riddlesworth TD, Bzdick S, Odegard PS, Gray SL, Lock JP, DuBose SN, Beck RW; T1D Exchange Severe Hypoglycemia in Older Adults with Type 1 Diabetes Study Group. The relationship between neuropsychological assessment, numeracy, and functional status in older adults with type 1 diabetes. Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2015 Nov 25:1-15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26605669.

Fraser RT, Johnson EK, Lashley S, Barber J, Chaytor N, Miller JW, Ciechanowski P, Temkin N, Caylor L. PACES in epilepsy: Results of a self-management randomized controlled trial. Epilepsia. 2015 Aug;56(8):1264-74. doi: 10.1111/epi.13052. Epub 2015 Jun 29. PubMed PMID: 26122460.

Johnson EK, Fraser RT, Miller JW, Temkin N, Barber J, Caylor L, Ciechanowski P, Chaytor N. A comparison of epilepsy self-management needs: provider and patient perspectives. Epilepsy Behav. 2012 Oct;25(2):150-5. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2012.07.020. Epub 2012 Sep 29. PubMed PMID: 23032121.

Chaytor N, Ciechanowski P, Miller JW, Fraser R, Russo J, Unutzer J, Gilliam F. Long-term outcomes from the PEARLS randomized trial for the treatment of depression in patients with epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2011 Mar;20(3):545-9. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2011.01.017. Epub 2011 Feb 18. PubMed PMID: 21333607.

Ciechanowski P, Chaytor N, Miller J, Fraser R, Russo J, Unutzer J, Gilliam F. PEARLS depression treatment for individuals with epilepsy: a randomized controlled trial. Epilepsy Behav. 2010 Nov;19(3):225-31. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2010.06.003. Epub 2010 Jul 6. PubMed PMID: 20609631.

Thompson AW, Miller JW, Katon W, Chaytor N, Ciechanowski P. Sociodemographic and clinical factors associated with depression in epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2009 Apr;14(4):655-60. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2009.02.014. Epub 2009 Feb 20. PubMed PMID: 19233316; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2668729.

Chaytor N, Schmitter-Edgecombe M. Fractionation of the dysexecutive syndrome in a heterogeneous neurological sample: comparing the Dysexecutive Questionnaire and the Brock Adaptive Functioning Questionnaire. Brain Inj. 2007 Jun;21(6):615-21. PubMed PMID: 17577712.

Chaytor N, Temkin N, Machamer J, Dikmen S. The ecological validity of neuropsychological assessment and the role of depressive symptoms in moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2007 May;13(3):377-85. PubMed PMID: 17445285.

Chaytor N, Schmitter-Edgecombe M, Burr R. Improving the ecological validity of executive functioning assessment. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2006 Apr;21(3):217-27. Epub 2006 Mar 22. PubMed PMID: 16554143.

Chaytor N, Schmitter-Edgecombe M. Working memory and aging: a cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis using a self-ordered pointing task. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2004 Jul;10(4):489-503. PubMed PMID: 15327728.

Chaytor N, Schmitter-Edgecombe M. The ecological validity of neuropsychological tests: a review of the literature on everyday cognitive skills. Neuropsychol Rev. 2003 Dec;13(4):181-97. Review. PubMed PMID: 15000225.

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Associate Professor