Michael Scott Esterman, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Michael Esterman
150 S Huntington Avenue


My research uses a variety of cognitive neuroscience techniques to understand basic mechanisms of attention and executive function, as well as to understand PTSD and other neuropsychiatric disorders.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • University of California, Berkeley, PhD
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA


  • Published on 10/5/2019

    Zhou J, Poole V, Wooten T, Lo OY, Iloputaife I, Manor B, Esterman M, Lipsitz LA. Multi-scale dynamics of spontaneous brain activity is associated with walking speed in older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2019 Oct 05. PMID: 31585008.

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  • Published on 9/30/2019

    Rashid B, Dev SI, Esterman M, Schwarz NF, Ferland T, Fortenbaugh FC, Milberg WP, McGlinchey RE, Salat DH, Leritz EC. Aberrant patterns of default-mode network functional connectivity associated with metabolic syndrome: A resting-state study. Brain Behav. 2019 12; 9(12):e01333. PMID: 31568716.

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  • Published on 7/16/2019

    Poole VN, Lo OY, Wooten T, Iloputaife I, Lipsitz LA, Esterman M. Motor-Cognitive Neural Network Communication Underlies Walking Speed in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Front Aging Neurosci. 2019; 11:159. PMID: 31379552.

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  • Published on 5/30/2019

    Esterman M, Fortenbaugh FC, Pierce ME, Fonda JR, DeGutis J, Milberg W, McGlinchey R. Trauma-related psychiatric and behavioral conditions are uniquely associated with sustained attention dysfunction. Neuropsychology. 2019 Jul; 33(5):711-724. PMID: 31144830.

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  • Published on 5/16/2019

    Wooten T, Ferland T, Poole V, Milberg W, McGlinchey R, DeGutis J, Esterman M, Leritz E. Metabolic risk in older adults is associated with impaired sustained attention. Neuropsychology. 2019 Oct; 33(7):947-955. PMID: 31094549.

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  • Published on 4/13/2019

    Mitko A, Rothlein D, Poole V, Robinson M, McGlinchey R, DeGutis J, Salat D, Esterman M. Individual differences in sustained attention are associated with cortical thickness. Hum Brain Mapp. 2019 08 01; 40(11):3243-3253. PMID: 30980462.

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  • Published on 4/4/2019

    Riley E, Mitko A, Stumps A, Robinson M, Milberg W, McGlinchey R, Esterman M, DeGutis J. Clinically significant cognitive dysfunction in OEF/OIF/OND veterans: Prevalence and clinical associations. Neuropsychology. 2019 May; 33(4):534-546. PMID: 30945914.

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  • Published on 3/13/2019

    Esterman M, Rothlein D. Models of sustained attention. Curr Opin Psychol. 2019 Oct; 29:174-180. PMID: 30986621.

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  • Published on 2/1/2019

    Fortenbaugh FC, Sugarman A, Robertson LC, Esterman M. The attentional repulsion effect and relative size judgments. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2019 Feb; 81(2):442-461. PMID: 30488191.

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  • Published on 11/26/2018

    Dutra SJ, Marx BP, McGlinchey R, DeGutis J, Esterman M. Reward Ameliorates Posttraumatic Stress Disorder-Related Impairment in Sustained Attention. Chronic Stress (Thousand Oaks). 2018 Jan-Dec; 2. PMID: 30706031.

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