Martin L. Albert, MD, PhD

ProfessorMartin Albert
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston VA Healthcare System (12A)
150 S. Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02130

Phone: 617-232-9500 X4774, X4775
Fax: 617-522-4786
Email: malbert@bu.edu

Medical School: Tufts Medical School 1963
Graduate School: University of Paris 1971
Residency: Boston VA Healthcare System
Board Certification: Neurology
Special Interests: Behavioral Neurology/Geriatric Neurology/Neuropsichiatry/Aphasia/Dementia

Research

Dr. Albert’s  research falls within the broad arena of brain-behavior relations, with a special emphasis on language and language disorders, and dementia and the cognitive changes of aging. Within the domain of language and language disorders, his research focuses on 1) creation of a neurochemical model of language disorders, 2) development of new approaches to aphasia therapy, especially pharmacotherapy, and 3) attempts to understand neurobiological and cognitive aspects of recovery of function in aphasia. Within the domain of dementia and the aging brain, Dr. Albert’s current research focuses on 1) cognitive and neurobiological explanations of lexical retrieval deficit in normal and pathological aging; 2) health-related factors contributing to language decline in normal aging.

Selected Publications

Cahana-Amitay D, Albert ML, Oveis A. Psycholinguistics of Aphasia Pharmacotherapy: Asking the Right Questions. Aphasiology. 2014 Jan 1;28(2):133-154.

Cahana-Amitay D, Albert ML, Pyun SB, Westwood A, Jenkins T, Wolford S, Finley  M. Language as a Stressor in Aphasia. Aphasiology. 2011;25(2):593-614.

Cahana-Amitay D, Albert ML, Ojo EA, Sayers J, Goral M, Obler LK, Spiro A 3rd. Effects of hypertension and diabetes on sentence comprehension in aging. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2013 Jul;68(4):513-21. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbs085.

Albert ML, Berger J. Delusions and the cognitive neuroscience of false beliefs. Cognitive Neuroscience of Delusions. Japanese Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience11:268-281, 2010

Obler LK, Rykhlevskaia E, Clark-Cotton MR, Schnyer D, Hyun J_M, Kim D-S, Spiro A, Goral M, Albert ML. Bilateral brain regions associated with naming in older adults. Brain and Language, 113:113-123, 2010

Albert, ML, Spiro A 3rd, Sayers K.J., Cohen J.A., Brady C.B., Goral M., Obler L.K., Effects of health status on word finding in aging. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Dec;57(12):2300-5

Pekkala S, Albert ML, Spiro A, Erkinjuntti T. Perseveration in Alzheimer’s Disease. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 25(2), 109-114, 2008

Tanaka Y, Albert ML, Fujita K, Nonaka C, Oka T. Beta blocker improves language output in aphasia. Neurological Medicine (Japan), 67, 277-281, 2007

Goral M, Spiro A, Albert ML, Obler LK, Connor LT. Change in Lexical Retrieval Skills in Adulthood. The Mental Lexicon, 2(2), 215-240, 2007

Klein R, McNamara P, Albert ML. Neuropharmacological approaches to cognitive rehabilitation: Behavioural Neurology, 17, 1-3, May 2006

Holt A, Albert ML. Cognitive neuroscience of delusions in aging. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. 2 (2), 181-189, May 2006

McNamara P, Benson E, McGeeney B, Brown A, Albert ML. Modes of remembering in patients with chronic pain: relation to current pain. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2005 Jan;193(1):53-7.

McNamara P, Albert ML. Neuropharmacology of verbal perseveration. Semin Speech Lang. 2004 Nov;25(4):309-21. Review.

Klein RB, Albert ML. Can drug therapies improve language functions of individuals with aphasia? A review of the evidence. Semin Speech Lang. 2004 May;25(2):193-204. Review.

Mackay AI, Connor LT, Albert ML, Obler LK. Noun and verb retrieval in healthy aging. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2002 Sep;8(6):764-70.

Connor LT, Obler LK, Tocco M, Fitzpatrick PM, Albert ML. Effect of socioeconomic status on aphasia severity and recovery. Brain Lang. 2001 Aug;78(2):254-7.

Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine