Deidre J. Devier, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Clinical
Departments of Cell Biology and Anatomy & Neurology

2020 Gravier St, 734
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-2146



BS Psychology - 1985
Louisiana State University

MSW Social Work - 1993
New Mexico Highlands University

PhD Experimental Psychology - 2006
University of New Mexico


2020-present: Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy; Department of Neurology

2009-2020: Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology; Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy

2006-2008: Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Columbia University Geriatric Psychiatric Research Fellow

Research Interests

My area of research is clinical, exploring the negative cognitive effects of neurodegenerative disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons’ Disease, and dementia through clinical research and neuroimaging

Students can work on the following:

  • Conducting clinical research protocols that involve extensive interactions with patients with neurodegenerative disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington Disease, and Dementia
  • Administration of neuropsychological assessment tools to measure cognitive decline
  • Access to research and MRI brain scans for analysis

Teaching Activities

Clinical Neuroanatomy
Neurophysiology and Mental Health
Clinical Skills Integration
Interprofessional Education
ANAT 6533 - Neuroanatomy (Allied Heath)
DENT 1101 - Neuroanatomy (Dental)

Committees & Administrative Responsibilities

Department of Neurology Program Evaluation Committee

House Council , House Leader

Council on Student Professional Conduct

Curriculum renewal committee

Curriculum evaluation committee

Selected Publications

Gasparovic C, Song T, Devier D, Bockholt J, Caprihan A, Mullins P, Posse S, Jung R, Morrison L.  The Use of Tissue Water as a Concentration Reference for Proton Spectroscopic Imaging. Magn Reson Med. 2006 Jun;55(6):1219-1226. PMID: 16688703

Devier D, Pelton GH, Tabert MH, Cusay K, Eisenstadt R, Liu X, Devanand DP. Impact of Anxiety on Conversion from Mild Cognitive Impairment to Alzheimer’s Disease. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2009; 24:1-8. PMID: 19319929

Devier D, Villemarette-Pittman N, Brown P, Pelton G, Stern Y, Sano M, Devenand DP. Predictive utility of type and duration of symptoms at initial presentation in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2010; 30(3):238-244. PMID: 20847554

Devier DJ, Lovera JF, Lukiw WJ. Increase in NF-κB-sensitive miRNA-146a and miRNA-155 in multiple sclerosis (MS) and pro-inflammatory neurodegeneration. Frontiers of Molecular Neuroscience 2015; 8:1-5. PMID: 25784854

Lovera J, Ramos A, Devier D, Garrison V, Kovner B, Reza T, Koop D, Rooney W, Foundas A, Bourdette D. Polyphenon E, non-futile at neuroprotection in multiple sclerosis but unpredictably hepatotoxic: Phase I single group and phase II randomized placebo-controlled studies.J Neurol Sci. 2015 Aug 7. PMID: 26298797

Devier D, Harnar J, Lopez L, Brashear A, Graham G. Rehabilitation plus OnabotulinumtoxinA Improves Motor Function over OnabotulinumtoxinA Alone in Post-Stroke Upper Limb Spasticity: A Single-Blind, Randomized Trial. Toxins 2017 Jul 11;9(7). PMID: 28696373

Shields J, Mock J, Devier D, Foundas A. Unilateral repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation differentially affects younger and older adults completing a verbal working memory task. J Neurol Sci 2018 Jan 15;384:15-20. PMID: 29249371

David Chachkhiani, Michael Y Soliman, Delphi Barua, Marine Isakadze, Nicole R Villemarette-Pittman,Deidre J Devier, Jesus F Lovera. Neurological complications in a predominantly African American sample of COVID-19 predict worse outcomes during hospitalization. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. 2020 Aug PMID: 32877769 PMCID: PMC7445124

Varma-Doyle AV, Lukiw WJ, Zhao Y, Lovera J, Devier D. A hypothesis-generating scoping review of miRs identified in both multiple sclerosis and dementia, their protein targets, and miR signaling pathways. J Neurol Sci. Volume 420, 15 January 2021, 117202 PMID: 33183778

David Chachkhiani, Michael Y Soliman, Delphi Barua, Marine Isakadze, Nicole R Villemarette-Pittman, Deidre J Devier, Jesus F Lovera. Neurological Complications of COVID19 during March 2020 at LCMC Health University Medical Center: Dataset PMCID: PMC7934696