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Dr. Andrew Budson, M.D.

Director of the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience

Dr. Budson is the Associate Director and Education Core Leader at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, and a Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. At the Veteran’s Affairs Boston Healthcare System he is the Chief of the Section of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology and the Associate Chief of Staff for Education. Dr. Budson’s specific research interests include understanding how memory breaks down in Alzheimer’s disease, improving memory in Alzheimer’s disease, false memory, memory for music, and the science of learning and memory as it pertains to education.

Dr. Budson’s Website

Dr. Budson’s Curriculum Vitae


Maureen K. O’Connor, Psy.D, ABCN.

Director of Cognitive Rehabilitation

Dr. O’Connor is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed an internship in neuropsychology at Yale University School of Medicine. Her post-doctoral training was completed at Weill Cornell Medical College/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Bedford Veterans Hospital/Boston University School of Medicine. In addition to her work in the CTCN, Dr. O’Connor is the Director of Neuropsychology at the Bedford Veterans Hospital, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Boston University, and Associate Director of the Education Core at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Dr. O’Connor specializes in the clinical evaluation and treatment of older adults. Her research interests focus on understanding cognitive aging in an effort to develop effective treatments to help aging adults and their families.

Research Staff


Dr. Katherine Turk, M.D.

Neurology Fellow

Dr. Turk is a board-certified Neurologist. She earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and then completed her Internship and Neurology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is currently pursuing fellowship training in Behavioral Neurology with a special interest in Alzheimer’s Disease. She sees patients at the Boston VA Memory Disorders clinic under the supervision of Dr. Budson and is also a researcher in training in the CTCN lab. In addition to her work in the CTCN, Dr. Turk participates in clinical trials at the Boston Center for Memory as a sub-investigator.

Nadine Heyworth, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Heyworth earned her doctorate in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine. Her dissertation work investigated the role of adult neurogenesis and oligodendrogenesis on age-related cognitive function. Her current research interests involve cognitive aging with a focus on learning and memory, and the use of cognitive strategies to compensate for memory decline. At the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience, Dr. Heyworth is participating in studies investigating false memories in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, while also assisting in the Boston VA Memory Disorders clinic. 

Ala’a El-Shaar, M.S. 

Research Assistant

Ala’a El-Shaar attained a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science & Psychology from Bridgewater State University in 2013. She recently graduated from Boston University School of Medicine with a Master of Science degree in Anatomy & Neurobiology. Her involvement in Psychosocial mission work with refugeed children over the last several years furthered her interests in areas of behavioral neuroscience and PTSD. Ala’a is currently working as a Research Assistant in the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at the VA Boston Healthcare System, conducting research on short & long-term learning in the classroom setting.

Students & Interns


Christopher Malone

Graduate Student

Christopher Malone is a third year doctoral clinical psychology student at William James College. After completing his undergraduate degree at McGill University, he spent two years as a research assistant at the Meyers Primary Care Institute of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is currently pursuing a career in Neuropsychology and is particularly interested in conducting dementia evaluations and improving the quality of life of people experiencing a range of neurodegenerative disorders.


Emma Gosselin, B.S.

Graduate Student

Emma graduated from Bridgewater State University in May of 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology, minoring in Sociology. She worked as a Research Assistant at CTCN since March of 2013, and is now a doctoral clinical psychology student at William James College.

Nicolas Marini, B.A.

Practicum Intern

Nicolas graduated from Framingham State University with a B.A. in psychology in 2012, and currently attends William James College as a second-year student in the Clinical PsyD Program.  He has been at the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at the Boston VA since 2016 in order to gain experience related to neuropsychology, memory, and dementia.  Nicolas is interested in research related to improving the technology of neuropsychological assessments.   


August Price, B.A.

Practicum Intern

August Price is a third year doctoral clinical psychology student at William James College. While completing his undergraduate degree at Keene State College, he spent a year working as a research assistant for the College’s Clinical Director of Psychology on various projects in his lab. August is currently pursuing a career in Neuropsychology with particular interests in neurodegenerative diseases and traumatic brain injury.

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150 S. Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02130

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