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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  • 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. PMID: 27643951.
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  • 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. PMID: 26876224.
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  • 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. PMID: 26631814.
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  • 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.
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  • O’Connor MK, Deason RG, Reynolds E, Tat MJ, Flannery S, Solomon PR, Vassey EA, Budson AE. The imagination inflation effect in healthy older adults and patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychology. 2015 Jul; 29(4):550-60. PMID: 25893972.
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  • Hirst W, Phelps EA, Meksin R, Vaidya CJ, Johnson MK, Mitchell KJ, Buckner RL, Budson AE, Gabrieli JD, Lustig C, Mather M, Ochsner KN, Schacter D, Simons JS, Lyle KB, Cuc AF, Olsson A. A ten-year follow-up of a study of memory for the attack of September 11, 2001: Flashbulb memories and memories for flashbulb events. J Exp Psychol Gen. 2015 Jun; 144(3):604-23. PMID: 25751741.
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  • Rosa NM, Deason RG, Budson AE, Gutchess AH. Self-referencing and false memory in mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychology. 2015 Sep; 29(5):799-805. PMID: 25689510.
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  • Quiroz YT, Willment KC, Castrillon G, Muniz M, Lopera F, Budson A, Stern CE. Successful Scene Encoding in Presymptomatic Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2015; 47(4):955-64. PMID: 26401774.
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  • Sun X, Salat D, Upchurch K, Deason R, Kowall N, Budson A. Destruction of white matter integrity in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer disease. J Investig Med. 2014 Oct; 62(7):927-33. PMID: 25046178.
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  • Montenigro PH, Baugh CM, Daneshvar DH, Mez J, Budson AE, Au R, Katz DI, Cantu RC, Stern RA. Clinical subtypes of chronic traumatic encephalopathy: literature review and proposed research diagnostic criteria for traumatic encephalopathy syndrome. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2014; 6(5):68. PMID: 25580160.
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  • Rosa NM, Deason RG, Budson AE, Gutchess AH. Source Memory for Self and Other in Patients With Mild Cognitive Impairment due to Alzheimer’s Disease. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2016 Jan; 71(1):59-65. PMID: 24904049.
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