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Andrew Budson, M.D.
Director of the CTCN

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.

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Maureen K. O'Connor, Psy.D, ABCN.
Director of Cognitive Rehabilitation

Dr. O’Connor is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from 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 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.

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Rebecca Deason, Ph.D.
Instructor in Neurology

Dr. Deason completed her Ph.D. in cognitive and biological psychology at the University of Minnesota with a focus on implicit memory. She joined the CTCN in 2008 as a postdoctoral fellow and went on to receive a career development grant from the VA. The overall goal of her research has been to understand how we learn and remember items, how these memorial processes are altered or impaired by aging and disease, and how we can use preserved memorial processes to improve the daily lives of older adults and patients with Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Deason has investigated memory for words, pictures, and, most recently, music using both behavioral and ERP methodologies.

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Xiaoyan Sun, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Sun is a post-doc fellow at the CTCN.

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Sean Flannery, B.S.
Research Technician

Sean graduated from the University of Georgia in December of 2008 with a B.S. in Psychology, minoring in Sociology and Film Studies. He has been at CTCN since February of 2008 in order to gain experience related to neuropsychology with the hopes of higher-level education.

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Traci Aoki

Traci graduated from University of Southern California in 2011 with a B.A. in neuroscience. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in medical sciences from Boston University and plans to complete her thesis at the CTCN.

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Lee Ashendorf, Ph.D

Dr. Ashendorf is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in cognition and aging. He also serves as the lead neuropsychologist for the Bedford VAMC's Polytrauma clinic. His research focuses on psychometric and process aspects of neuropsychological assessment, particularly with older adults. He additionally works as a clinical supervisor for neuropsychology interns and postdoctoral fellows at the Bedford VAMC.

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Nick Simmons-Stern

Nick Simmons-Stern
Student Research Assistant

Nick is a student at Yale University, where he studies the cognitive neuroscience of music. He has worked for four years as a research assistant at the CTCN, where his research has focused on understanding the relationship between music and memory in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

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Kara Kleber
Student Research Assistant

Kara Kleber is a graduate student in the Anatomy and Neurobiology department at Boston University School of Medicine. Kara is completing her thesis in the CTCN lab, studying response bias and ERP correlates of memory. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Neuroscience and joined the lab to learn more about cognitive neuroscience and translational research. She plans to attend medical school after completion of her graduate work.

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Bruno Frustace, B.A.
Research Technician

Bruno received a B.A. in Psychology from Swarthmore College in 2010. He has been working in the CTCN lab as a research technician since January 2011. He hopes to gain experience with research prior to his plans for graduate school in Medicine or Neuroscience.

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Karin Schon, Ph.D.

Karin Schon is a senior postdoctoral associate at Boston University. She is working on an NIA-sponsored K-award project on the role of aerobic exercise and cardio-respiratory fitness on memory using functional and structural MRI methods.

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Lindsay Embree

Lindsay graduated with her Ph.D. in clinical psychology/neuropsychology at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. She completed her dissertation in the CTCN investigating recollection and familiarity for pictures and words in mild cognitive impairment using receiver operating characteristics. Lindsay continues to be a collaborator with the CTCN.

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Aleksandra C Stark, M.D.

Aleksandra is a post-doctoral fellow with the CTCN. She is a neurologist by training, and completed neurology residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Andrew Rosenblatt

Andrew graduated from Skidmore College in 2010 with a B.A. in neuroscience. Andrew has worked in a clinical neuropsychology setting since September, 2010, worked in the CTCN lab as a research intern in 2011, and is now a collaborator with CTCN. Andrew hopes to gain further experience with research in neuropsychology prior to his plans for graduate school in clinical psychology.

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Kalika Kelkar, Psy. D.

Dr. Kelkar is currently completing a two-year, APA-accredited postdoctoral residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Bedford VA Medical Center. She completed her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, and her predoctoral internship with a neuropsychology focus at the Coatesville VA Medical Center, PA. Current professional interests include traumatic brain injury, memory disorders and cognitive rehabilitation.

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Mohsin Fidai

Mohsin graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in economics in 2010. He is currently pursuing an MA in Medical Sciences from Boston University. Mohsin plans to complete his thesis at the CTCN by investigating the relationship between music and memory in Alzheimer's patients. He plans to continue on to medical school.

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