Stephen Moelter PhD

Stephen Moelter

Stephen Moelter PhD

Director, Undergraduate Program in Psychology

Co-Director, Neuroscience Program

Director, University Honors Program

Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience


BS (Pennsylvania State University)

MS (Drexel University)

PhD (Drexel University)

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Electrophysiology
  • Cognitive and Functional Changes in Very Early Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease, Decision Making, and the Capacity to Consent to Research
  • Progression of Mild Cognitive Impairment in Sleep Apnea
  • Cognitive Changes in People with Heart Failure


Dr. Moelter has been studying brain function and dysfunction since 1991 when he was an undergraduate research assistant in a visual neuroscience laboratory at Penn State University.  Dr. Moelter earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Drexel University and completed pre and postdoctoral fellowships in neuropsychology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  Dr. Moelter came to USciences in 2002 and teaches neuropsychology, neuropsychological assessment, cognitive psychology, and philosophy of psychology.  The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute on Aging (NIA), Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the VA Stars and Stripes Healthcare Network have supported his research.


Selected Scholarly Activity

Richards, K.C., Gooneratne, N., Dicicco, B., Hanlon, A., Moelter, S., Onen, F., Sawyer, A., Wang,Y., Weaver, T., Loranzo, A., Carter, P., & Johnson, J. (in press). CPAP adherence may slow 1-Year cognitive decline in older adults with mild cognitive impairment and apnea. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Benau, E. M., DeLoretta, L., & Moelter, S.T. (2018). The time is “right:” Electrophysiology reveals right parietal lobe electrode dominance in time perception. Brain and Cognition, 123, 92-102.

Riegel, B., Dickson, V.V., Lee, C.S., Daus, M., Hill, J., Irani, E., Lee, S., Wald, J.W., Moelter, S.T., Rathman, L., Streur, M., Baah, F.O., Ruppert, L., Schwartz, D.R., Bove, A. (2018). A mixed methods study of symptom perception in patients with chronic heart failure. Heart & Lung, 47, 107-114.

Benau, E. M. & Moelter, S.T. (2016).  The content of lexical stimuli and self-reported physiological state modulate error-related negativity amplitude.  Physiology & Behavior, 163, 43-50.

Moelter, S.T., Weintraub, D., Mace, L., Cary, M., Sullo, E., Xie, S.X., & Karlawish, J. (2016). Research consent capacity varies with executive function and memory in Parkinson’s disease.  Movement Disorders, 31 (3), 414-417.

Moelter, S.T., Glenn, M.A., Xie, S.X., Chittams, J., Clark, C.M., Watson, I.M., & Arnold, S.E. (2015).  The Dementia Severity Rating Scale predicts Clinical Dementia Rating sum of boxes scores.  Alzheimer’s Disease & Associated Disorders, 29 (2), 158-160.

Karlawish, J., Cary, M., Moelter, S.T., Siderowf, A., Sullo, E., Xie, S., & Weintraub, D. (2013).  Cognitive impairment and PD patients’ capacity to consent to research.  Neurology, 81(9), 801-807.

Roalf, D.R., Moberg, P.J., Xie, S.X., Wolk, D.A., Moelter, S.T., & Arnold, S.E. (2012).  Comparative accuracies of two common screening instruments for the classification of Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, and healthy aging.  Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 9(5), 529-537.

Reigel, B.J., Lee, C., Glaser, D., & Moelter, S.T.  (2012).  Patterns of change in cognitive function over six months in adults with chronic heart failure.  Cardiology Research and Practice, 1, 1-9.

Riegel, B., Moelter, S.T., Ratcliffe, S.J., Pressler, S., DeGeest, S., Potashnik, S., Fleck, D., Sha, D., Sayers, S.L., Weintraub, W., Weaver, T.E., & Goldberg, L.R. (2011). Excessive daytime sleepiness is associated with poor medication adherence in adults with heart failure.  Journal of Cardiac Failure, 17 (4), 340-348.

Contact Information

Office location: Kline Hall Room 218
Mailing address: Box 103
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-596-7534
Office Fax: 215-596-7625

s [dot] moelte [at] usciences [dot] edu