Maureen K. O’Connor, PsyD, ABPP-CN

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Education Core Associate Director


Phone: 781.687.2830
Fax: 781.687.2169
Location: EN Rogers Memorial VAMC





Dr. Maureen K. O’Connor completed her undergraduate studies at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She earned her doctoral degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed her predoctoral residency in neuropsychology at Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her postdoctoral training at Cornell Weill Medical College/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan and the Bedford Veterans Hospital/Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. O’Connor is currently the Director of Neuropsychology at the Bedford Veterans Hospital and an Instructor of Neurology at Boston University. Dr. O’Connor is a licensed clinical psychologist and a board-certified neuropsychologist.

Research Interests

Dr. O’Connor’s research interests are focused on Alzheimer’s disease and include the development of treatment interventions designed to improve patient functioning and reduce caregiver burden.

ADC Role

Dr. O’Connor serves as the Associate Director of the BU ADC Education Core.


Dr. O’Connor is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society, and the American Board of Professional Psychology. She serves as the chair of the Education Committee for the National Academy of Neuropsychology.


Dr. O’Connor’s curriculum vitae is available here.

Tat, MJ, Soonsawat, A, Nagle, CB, Deason, RG, O’Connor, MK, & Budson, AE (under review). The influence of strategic encoding on false memory in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease dementia. Brain and Cognition.

O’Connor, MK (senior author), Mueller, L, Drebing, C, Semiatin, A, Wang, S, & O’Connor, A (in press, due out March/April 2016).Enhanced Vocational Rehabilitation: A feasibility and 4 pilot study of adjunctive cognitive rehabilitation for veterans with mild traumatic brain injury and mental illness. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.

O’Connor, MK, Deason, RG, Reynolds, E, Tat, MJ, Flannery, S, Solomon, PR, … & Budson, A E (2015). The Imagination Inflation Effect in Healthy Older Adults and Patients with Mild Alzheimer’s Disease. Neuropsychology, 29(4), 550-560.

Trontel, HG, Hall, S, Ashendorf, L & O’Connor, MK. (2013). Impact of Diagnosis Threat on Academic Self-Efficacy in mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 35 (9), 960-970.

Nyborn JA, Himali JJ, Beiser AS, Devine SA, Du Y, Kaplan E, O’Connor MK, Rinn WE, Denison HS, Seshadri S, Wolf PA, Au R. (2013). The Framingham Heart Study Clock Drawing Performance: Normative Data from the Offspring Cohort. Experimental Aging Research, 39 (1), 80-108.

Simmons-Stern, NR, Deason, RG, Brandler, BJ, Frustace, BS, O’Connor, MK, Ally,BA, Budson, AE (2012). Music-Based Memory Enhancement in Alzheimer’s Disease: Promise and Limitations. Neuropsychologia, 50(14), 3295-3303.

Semiatin A, O’Connor MK (2012). The Relationship Between Self-Efficacy and Positive Aspects of Caregiving in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers. Aging and Mental Health, 16(6), 683- 8.

Dodson CS, Spaniol M, O’Connor MK, Deason RG, Ally BA, Budson AE. (2011). Alzheimer’s disease and memory-monitoring anosognosia: Alzheimer’s patients show a monitoring deficit that is greater than their accuracy deficit. Neuropsychologia, 49(9), 2609-2618.

O’Connor MK, Mueller L, Van Ormer A, DrakeR, PenkW, Rosenheck R, Semiatin A, Drebing CE (2011). Cognitive impairment as a barrier to engagement in vocational rehabilitation among veterans with severe mental illness. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 48 (5).

O’Connor MK, Ally BA (2010). Using stimulus form change to understand memorial familiarity and the picture superiority effect in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychologia, 48, 2068-2074.

Ashendorf L, Jefferson A, O’Connor MK, Chaisson, C, Green RC, Stern RA. (2008). Trail Making Test errors in normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 23, 129-137.

Gonyea JG, O’Connor MK, Boyle PA (2006). Project CARE: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Behavioral Intervention Group for Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers, Gerontologist, 46: 827-832.

Gonyea, JG, O’Connor MK, Carruth, A, Boyle, PA. (2005). Subjective appraisal of Alzheimer’s disease caregiving: the role of self-efficacy and depressive symptoms in the experience of burden. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 20(5), 273-280.