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 the 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 an 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.

Anna Marin

Ph.D. Student – 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.


Renée DeCaro, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Renée DeCaro earned her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Tufts University and joined the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience as a postdoctoral fellow in August 2020. During her Ph.D. program, she investigated how people update misconceptions as a function of healthy aging and confidence in their initial beliefs, and the consequences for self-regulated learning. Since joining the CTCN lab, she has extended this work to individuals with cognitive impairment, including Veterans with Alzheimer’s disease. As an Instructor of Neurology at BUSM and postdoc at the CTCN lab, Dr. DeCaro advises and co-mentors others on a range of different projects to better understand 1) false memories in patients with memory disorders, 2) the impact of social factors (e.g., isolation, stereotype threat, neighborhood) on health-related outcomes and diagnosis, and 3) neural correlates of memory in patients using a variety of different paradigms (e.g., false memory, sleep).

Diana Anderson, MD, M.Arch, ACH

Advanced Fellow, Geriatric Neurology


Diana Anderson, MD, M.Arch, ACHA, is a healthcare architect, as well as a board-certified internist and geriatrician. As a “dochitect”, Dr. Anderson combines educational and professional experience in both medicine and architecture. She has worked on hospital design projects globally and is widely published in both architectural and medical journals, books, and the popular press. She is a frequent speaker about the impacts of architectural design on health outcomes. As a past Fellow at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, she explores space design and ethics. Dr. Anderson is now pursuing a research fellowship in geriatric neurology at the VA Boston Healthcare System and explores the impact of the built environment on health outcomes for older adults living with dementia.


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