Current Members


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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 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.


Dr. Michelle Tat, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Michelle received dual B.A. degrees in Psychology, and in Speech & Hearing Science from The Ohio State University in 2008, and received his Ph. D. in Speech & Hearing Science in 2013. Her graduate school research focused on elucidating hemispheric differences in verbal memory. Michelle is currently a post-doc at the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience. The focus of her current research is to determine if patients with Alzheimer’s disease can shift their response bias to be more conservative, and as a result, reduce their incidence of false memory.

Dr. Tat’s Website


Dr. Katherine Turk, M.D.

Neurology Fellow


Dr. Brigid Dwyer, M.D.

Neurology Fellow


Corinne Nagle, M.S., M.A.T.

Research Assistant

Corinne (Corie) Nagle graduated from University of Massachusetts Boston with a BS in Biology in 2007. She went on to teach biology and anatomy to students in grades 9-12 at Marshfield High School where she had the opportunity to work with students with a range of academic and intellectual abilities. After completing her MA in Teaching Biology at Bridgewater State University, Corie became more interested in deciphering the process by which learning occurs and interventions that can maximize learning and memory in and out of the classroom. She recently completed a Master’s of Science in Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine and is currently pursing a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience. 


Emma Gosselin, B.S.

Research Study Coordinator

Emma graduated from Bridgewater State University in May of 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology, minoring in Sociology. She has been at CTCN since March of 2013 in order to gain experience related to neuropsychology with the hopes of higher-level education.

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Ryan Daley, B.S.

Research Assistant

Ryan graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in psychology and philosophy in 2013.  He has been at the CTCN since 2013 in order to gain experience with research related to neuropsychology, memory, and aging processes.  Ryan plans to attend graduate school following his time at the CTCN.

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.

Deena Godfrey, B.A.

Research Assistant

Deena graduated from Wesleyan University in May of 2012 with a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior. After graduating, she worked as a clinical research assistant in the Department of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College until 2014. Deena is a 2nd-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. She joined the CTCN in the spring of 2015 and is interested in elucidating the features of false memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Maya Zegel

Research Assistant

Maya is currently enrolled in Boston University’s Kilachand Honors College and will receive her B.A. in Psychology in May 2016.  She serves as current President of the Boston University Chapter of Psi Chi: the International Honor Society in Psychology.  With an interest in the intersection between neuropsychology and criminal justice, Maya hopes to continue working in research and eventually receive a graduate-level education.


Christopher Malone

Research Assistant

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.


Jessica Hill

Research Assistant

Jessica graduated from the University of Exeter, UK with a Bsc  in Psychology in 2014. She is currently a studying a Master’s degree in Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine. She joined CTCN in May 2015 and is currently working on the classroom learning project.

Contact us:

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

tel (857) 364-2142