Current Members

Budson small photoDr. Andrew Budson, M.D.

Co-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

Dr. Katherine Turk, M.D.

Co-Director of the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience

Dr. Turk is Director of Graduate Medical Education for Neurology at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. She 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 completed her fellowship training in Behavioral Neurology with a special interest in Alzheimer’s Disease at VA Boston. She sees patients at the VA Boston Memory Disorders clinic where she supervises students, interns, residents, and fellows. Her research interests include the use of EEG event-related potentials in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and understanding chronic traumatic encephalopathy in veterans.

IFMaureen K. O’Connor, Psy.D, ABCN.

Co-Director of the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience

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 and Instructor of Neurology at Boston University. 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.

Rocco Palumbo, PhD
Research Project Manager

Dr. Palumbo earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from University of Chieti, Italy. During his Ph.D. program, he investigated how social cognition, specifically face perception, changes during life span and how emotions can affect daily tasks in younger and older adults. After spending 12 months as a visiting student at Brandeis University, he started his postdoctoral fellowship at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School. His research focuses in monitoring changes of cognitive functions in pathologic and healthy populations. He has worked on a wide range of projects. Starting with the study of normal functioning in different domains as perception, attention, emotion and memory, he investigated how these functions change during life span and how they are affected by pathological conditions such as dementia or mental disorders.
Dr. Palumbo, is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at BUSM and is currently Project Manager in the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at the VA Boston Healthcare System, working on several projects focusing on the role of false memories in patients with memory disorders.

Anna Marin
Research Assistant

Anna Marin has attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience and Psychology from Boston University. Anna is currently working as a Research Assistant in the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at the VA Boston Healthcare System, conducting research on the use of EEG event-related potentials in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

chrisChristopher Malone
Research Assistant

Christopher Malone is a fourth 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.

Contact us:

VA Boston Healthcare System
Jamaica Plain Campus
150 S. Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02130

tel (857) 364-2142

ctcnbrainlab@gmail.com