James Porter, PhD, LP, ABPP-CN

Specializing in:
Dr. Jim Porter consulting, Patient care by Dr. Porter, Neuropsychological assessment, Dementia care expertise, Parkinson’s disease treatment approach

Meet Dr. James “’Jim” Porter, a board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist who has been serving the Minnesota community since 2015.

Jim’s clinical interests span a wide spectrum, focusing on adult patients grappling with neurological conditions that impact cognition and behavior. 

His expertise covers a range of disorders, including dementia syndromes like Alzheimer’s and Lewy body disease, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, strokes and cerebrovascular diseases, multiple sclerosis, brain injuries, seizure disorders, and more. 

Notably, Jim has developed a subspecialty in diagnosing dementia in individuals with Down syndrome, addressing lifelong cognitive concerns with nuanced understanding and care.

At the heart of Jim’s patient care philosophy is a commitment to demystifying cognitive and behavioral challenges. He dedicates himself to not only identifying the root causes of these difficulties but also uncovering treatment possibilities and lifestyle adjustments that can enhance his patients’ quality of life.

Jim’s approach is patient-centered, emphasizing the importance of understanding and support in navigating the complexities of neurological conditions.


  • PhD in Clinical Science & Psychopathology Research from University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Benton Neuropsychology Laboratory, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics


  • Board Certified in 2019


  • American Board of Professional Psychology
  • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • American Psychological Association
  • Minnesota Psychological Association

Whiteside, D., Basso, M., Shen, C., Fry, L., Naini, S., Waldron, E., Holker, E., Porter, J., Eskridge, C., Logemann, A., & Minor, G. (2024). The relationship between performance validity testing, external incentives, and cognitive functioning in Long COVID. The Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Feb 1:1-10, online ahead of print.

Fry, L., Logemann, A., Waldron, E., Holker, E., Porter, J., Eskridge, C., Naini, S., Basso, M. R., Taylor, S.E., Melnik, T., Whiteside, D. M. (2023). Emotional functioning in long COVID neuropsychological evaluations: Comparison to post-concussion Syndrome using the Personality Assessment Inventory. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Oct 15:1-21, online ahead of print.

Whiteside, D., Basso, M., Naini, S., Porter, J., Holker, E., Waldron, E., Melnik, T., Niskanen, N., & Taylor, S. (2022). Outcomes in post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) at 6 months post-infection Part 1: Cognitive functioning. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 36(4), 806-828.

Whiteside, D., Naini, S., Basso, M., Waldron, E., Holker, E., Porter, J., Niskanen, N., Melnik, T., & Taylor, S. (2022). Outcomes in post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) at 6 months post-infection part 2: Psychological functioning. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 36(4), 829-847.

Wisner, K., Johnson, M., Porter, J., Krueger, R., & MacDonald, A. (2021). Task-related neural mechanisms of persecutory ideation in schizophrenia and community monozygotic twin-pairs. Human Brain Mapping, 2021 Nov;42(16):5244-5263

Whiteside, D., Oleynick, V., Holker, E., Waldron, E., Porter, J., & Kasprzak, M. (2020). Neurocognitive deficits in severe COVID-19 infection: Case series and proposed model. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 35(4), 799-818.

Hinkle, C., Porter, J., Waldron, E., Klein, H., Tranel, D., & Heffelfinger, A. (2016). Neuropsychological characterization of three adolescent females with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis in the acute, post- acute, and chronic phases: An inter-institutional case series. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 31: 268-288.

Porter, J., Roy, A., Benson, B., Carlisi, C., Collins, P., Leibenluft, E., Pine, D., Luciana, M., & Ernst, M. (2015). Age-related changes in the intrinsic functional connectivity of the human ventral vs. dorsal striatum from childhood to middle age. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 11: 83–95.

Menary, K., Collins, P, Porter, J., Muetzel, R., Olson, E., Kumar, V., Steinbach, M., Lim, K., & Luciana, M. (2013). Associations between cortical thickness and general intelligence in children, adolescents and young adults. Intelligence, 41: 597–606.

Luciana, M., Wahlstrom, D., Porter, J., & Collins, P. (2012). Dopaminergic modulation of incentive motivation in adolescence: Age-related changes in signaling, individual differences, and implications for the development of self-regulation. Developmental Psychology, 48(3): 844–861.

Porter, J., Collins, P., Muetzel, R., Lim, K., & Luciana, M. (2011). Associations between cortical thickness and verbal fluency in childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. NeuroImage, 55(4): 1865– 1877.

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