Andrew Budson, MD

Chief, Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology and
Associate Chief of Staff for Education, VA Boston Healthcare System
Associate Director & Education Core Leader, Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
Lecturer in Neurology, Harvard Medical School


Dr. Andrew E. Budson received his B.A. in Chemistry and Philosophy from Haverford College (1988) and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School (1993). He served as an intern in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (1993-94).  He was resident and Chief Resident in Neurology at the Harvard-Longwood Program (1994-97). He was a clinical Fellow in Behavioral Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (1997-99) and a research Fellow in Psychology at Harvard University (1997-2000).  He began as the Clinical Director of the Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Bedford VA Hospital in 2004 and later served as overall Bedford GRECC Director (2008-2010).  After serving a year as Bedford’s Acting Chief of Staff (2009-2010) he moved to the VA Boston Healthcare System as Deputy Chief of Staff in 2010.  In 2012 he became the Associate Chief of Staff for Education. He is Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, Associate Director for Research at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Consultant Neurologist at the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Department of Neurology, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Budson has had continual NIH research funding since 1998, receiving a National Research Service Award and a Career Development Award in addition to a Research Project (R01) grant.  He continues to see patients while teaching fellows, residents, and medical students in his memory disorders clinic at VA Boston.  He is board certified in Neurology.

Dr. Budson’s curriculum vitae

Research Interests

Dr. Budson’s research interests include understanding memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders.  His recent work in patients with Alzheimer’s disease has focused on reducing false memories and using strategies, pictures, and music to enhance memory. More about his research can be found in his laboratory, the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience.

ADC Role

Dr. Budson is the Associate Director for Research at the BU ADC and the Director of the Education Core.


Dr. Budson was chosen to give the first Annual Laird Cermak Memorial Lecture, and has been invited to speak around the world, including at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Queen Square, London.

Recent Publications

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Farrar DC, Mian AZ, Budson AE, Moss MB, Killiany RJ. Functional brain networks involved in decision-making under certain and uncertain conditions. Neuroradiology. 2018 Jan; 60(1):61-69.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29164280.

Deason RG, Tat MJ, Flannery S, Mithal PS, Hussey EP, Crehan ET, Ally BA, Budson AE. Response bias and response monitoring: Evidence from healthy older adults and patients with mild Alzheimer”s disease. Brain Cogn. 2017 Dec; 119:17-24.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28926752.

Farrar DC, Mian AZ, Budson AE, Moss MB, Koo BB, Killiany RJ. Retained executive abilities in mild cognitive impairment are associated with increased white matter network connectivity. Eur Radiol. 2018 Jan; 28(1):340-347.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28695358.

Deason RG, Nadkarni NA, Tat MJ, Flannery S, Frustace B, Ally BA, Budson AE. The use of metacognitive strategies to decrease false memories in source monitoring in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Cortex. 2017 06; 91:287-296.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28245935; DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2017.01.022;.

Waring JD, Dimsdale-Zucker HR, Flannery S, Budson AE, Kensinger EA. Effects of mild cognitive impairment on emotional scene memory. Neuropsychologia. 2017 Feb; 96:240-248. PMID: 28089697; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.01.011;.

Tat MJ, Soonsawat A, Nagle CB, Deason RG, O”Connor MK, Budson AE. The influence of strategic encoding on false memory in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer”s disease dementia. Brain Cogn. 2016 Nov; 109:50-58.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27643951; DOI: 10.1016/j.bandc.2016.08.003;.

Farrar D, Budson AE. The relationship between functional magnetic resonance imaging activation, diffusion tensor imaging, and training effects. Cogn Neurosci. 2017 Apr; 8(2):132-133.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27457121; DOI: 10.1080/17588928.2016.1208645;.

Solomon TM, Leech J, deBros GB, Murphy CA, Budson AE, Vassey EA, Solomon PR. A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled, parallel group, efficacy study of alpha BRAIN® administered orally. Hum Psychopharmacol. 2016 Mar; 31(2):135-43.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26876224; DOI: 10.1002/hup.2520;.

Whiteman AS, Young DE, Budson AE, Stern CE, Schon K. Entorhinal volume, aerobic fitness, and recognition memory in healthy young adults: A voxel-based morphometry study. Neuroimage. 2016 Feb 01; 126:229-38.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26631814; PMCID: PMC4733633; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.11.049;.

Cecchi M, Moore DK, Sadowsky CH, Solomon PR, Doraiswamy PM, Smith CD, Jicha GA, Budson AE, Arnold SE, Fadem KC. A clinical trial to validate event-related potential markers of Alzheimer”s disease in outpatient settings. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2015 Dec; 1(4):387-94. PMID: 27239520; DOI: 10.1016/j.dadm.2015.08.004;.