Andrew Budson, MD

Professor of Neurology, Director, ADC Education Core, Associate Director, ADC Research


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

Qiu WQ, Mwamburi M, Besser LM, Zhu H, Li H, Wallack M, Phillips L, Qiao L, Budson A, Stern R, Kowall N. Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and the Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease in the Absence of Apolipoprotein E4 Allele. J Alzheimers Dis. 2013; 37(2): 421-428. [PDF]

McKee AC, Stein TD, Nowinski CJ, Stern RA, Daneshvar D, Alvarez V, Lee HS, Hall G, Wojtowicz SM, Baugh CM, Riley DO, Kubilis CA, Cormier KA, Jacobs MA, Martin BR, Abraham CR, Ikezu T, Reichard RR, Wolozin BL, Budson AE, Goldstein LE, Kowall NW, Cantu RC. The Spectrum of Disease in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Brain. 2013 Jan; 136 (Pt 1): 43-64. [PDF]

Stern RA, Daneshvar DH, Baugh CM, Seichepine DR, Montenigro PH, Riley DO, Fritts NG, Stamm JM, Robbins CA, McHale L, Simkin I, Stein TD, Alvarez VE, Goldstein LE, Budson AE, Kowall NW, Nowinski CJ, Cantu RC, McKee AC. Clinical presentation of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Neurology. 2013 Sep 24; 81(13): 1122-29. [PDF]

Deason RG, Simmons-Stern NR, Frustace BS, Ally BA, Budson AE. Music as a memory enhancer: differences between healthy older adults and patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Psychomusicol. 2012 Dec; 22(2): 175-79 [PDF]

Simmons-Stern NR, Deason RG, Brandler BJ, Frustace BS, O’Connor MK, Ally BA, Budson, AE. Music-based memory enhancement in Alzheimer’s disease: Promise and limitations. Neuropsychologia. 2012 Dec; 50(14): 3295-303. [PDF]

Budson AE, Solomon PR. New criteria for Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment: implications for the practicing clinician. Neurologist. 2012 Nov; 18(6): 356-63. [Subscribe/Purchase]

Deason RG, Hussey EP, Budson AE, Ally BA. Gist-based conceptual processing of pictures remains intact in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychology. 2012 Mar; 26(2): 202-08. [PDF]

Deason RG, Hussey EP, Ally BA, Budson AE. Changes in response bias with different study-test delays: Evidence from young adults, older adults, and patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychology. 2012 Jan; 26(1): 119-26. [PDF]

Quiroz YT, Ally BA, Celone K, McKeever J, Ruiz-Rizzo AL, Lopera F, Stern CE, Budson AE. Event-related potential markers of brain changes in preclinical familial Alzheimer disease. Neurology 2011 Aug 2; 77(5): 469-75 77, 469-75. [PDF]

Budson AE, Solomon PR. Memory Loss: A Practical Guide for Clinicians. Philadelphia: Elsevier Inc. 2011 Jul. [Discount] [Purchase]

Dodson CS, Spaniol M, O’Connor MK, Deason RG, Ally BA, Budson AE. Alzheimer’s disease and memory-monitoring impairment: Alzheimer’s patients show a monitoring deficit that is greater than their accuracy deficit. Neuropsychologia. 2011 Jul; 49(9): 2609-18. [PDF]

Quiroz YT, Budson AE, Celone K, Ruiz R, Castrillón G, Lopera F, Stern CE. Hippocampal hyperactivation in presymptomatic familial Alzheimer’s disease. Ann Neurol. 2010 Dec; 68(6): 865-75. [PDF]

Simmons-Stern NR, Budson AE, Ally BA. Music as a memory enhancer in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychologia. 2010 Aug; 48(10): 3164-67. [PDF]

Wolk DA, Budson AE. Memory Systems. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2010 Aug; 16(4 Behavioral Neurology):15-28. [PDF]

Beth EH, Budson AE, Waring JD, Ally BA. Response Bias for Picture Recognition in Patients with Alzheimer Disease. Cogn Behavioral Neurol. 2009 Dec; 22(4): 229-35. [PDF]

Addis DR, Sacchetti DC, Ally BA, Budson AE, and Schacter DL. Episodic simulation of future events is impaired in mild Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychologia. 2009 Oct; 47(12): 2660-71. [PDF]

Ally BA, McKeever JD, Waring JD, Budson AE. Preserved frontal memorial processes for pictures in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Neuropsychologia. 2009 Aug; 47(10): 2044-55. [PDF]

Wolk DA, Gold CA, Signoff ED, Budson AE. Discrimination and reliance on conceptual fluency cues are inversely related in patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropscychologia. 2009 Jul; 47(8-9): 1865-72. [PDF]

Ally BA, Gold CA, Budson AE. An evaluation of recollection and familiarity in Alzheimer’s disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment using receiver operating characteristics. Brain Cogn. 2009 Apr; 69(3): 504-13. [PDF]

Budson AE. Understanding memory dysfunction. Neurologist. 2009 Mar; 15(2): 71-9. doi: 10.1097/NRL.0b013e318188040d. [Please email for copy]

Ally BA, Gold CA, Budson AE. The picture superiority effect in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Neuropsychologia. 2009 Jan; 47(2): 595-98. [PDF]

Ally BA, Waring JD, Beth EH, McKeever JD, Milberg WP, Budson AE. Aging memory for pictures: Using high-density event-related potentials to understand the effects of aging on the picture superiority effect. Neuropsychologia. 2008; 46(2): 679-89. [PDF]

Simons JS, Peers PV, Hwang DY, Ally BA, Fletcher PC, Budson AE. Is the parietal lobe necessary for recollection in humans? Neuropsychologia. 2008 Mar 7; 46(4): 1185-91. [PDF]

Waring JD, Chong H, Wolk DA, Budson AE. Preserved metamemorial ability in patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease: Shifting response bias. Brain Cogn. 2008 Feb; 66(1): 32-9. [PDF]

Hwang DY, Gallo DA, Ally BA, Black PM, Schacter DL, Budson AE. Diagnostic retrieval monitoring in patients with frontal lobe lesions: further exploration of the distinctiveness heuristic. Neuropsychologia. 2007; 45(11): 2543-52. [PDF]

Budson AE, Simons JS, Waring JD, Sullivan AL, Hussoin T, Schacter DL. Memory for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks one year later in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, patients with mild cognitive impairment, and healthy older adults. Cortex. 2007 Oct; 43(7): 875-88. [PDF]

Ally BA, Budson AE. The worth of pictures: using high density event-related potentials to understand the memorial power of pictures and the dynamics of recognition memory. Neuroimage. 2007 Mar; 35(1): 378-95. [PDF]

Budson AE, Dodson CS, Vatner JM, Daffner KR, Black PM, Schacter DL. Metacognition and false recognition in patients with frontal lobe lesions: The distinctiveness heuristic. Neuropsychologia. 2005; 43(6):860-71. [PDF]

Budson AE, Sullivan AL, Mayer E, Daffner KR, Black PM, Schacter DL. Suppression of false recognition in Alzheimer’s disease and in patients with frontal lobe lesions. Brain. 2002 Dec; 125(Pt 12): 2750-65. [PDF]

Budson AE, Droller DBJ, Dodson CS, Schacter DL, Rugg MD, Holcomb PJ, Daffner KR. Electrophysiological dissociation of picture versus word encoding: Understanding the distinctiveness heuristic as retrieval orientation. J Cogn Neurosci. 2005 Aug; 17(8): 1181-93. [PDF]

Budson AE, Price BH. Memory dysfunction. N Engl J Med. 2005 Feb 17; 352(7): 692-9 [PDF]