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 Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


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


  • Published on 7/1/2022

    Patt VM, Palombo DJ, Esterman M, Verfaellie M. Hippocampal Contribution to Probabilistic Feedback Learning: Modeling Observation- and Reinforcement-based Processes. J Cogn Neurosci. 2022 Jul 01; 34(8):1429-1446. PMID: 35604353.

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  • Published on 6/27/2022

    Jagger-Rickels A, Rothlein D, Stumps A, Evans TC, Bernstein J, Milberg W, McGlinchey R, DeGutis J, Esterman M. An executive function subtype of PTSD with unique neural markers and clinical trajectories. Transl Psychiatry. 2022 Jun 27; 12(1):262. PMID: 35760805.

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  • Published on 3/2/2022

    Brau JM, Sugarman A, Rothlein D, DeGutis J, Esterman M, Fortenbaugh FC. The impact of image degradation and temporal dynamics on sustained attention. J Vis. 2022 03 02; 22(4):8. PMID: 35297998.

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  • Published on 2/20/2022

    Bernstein JPK, Stumps A, Fortenbaugh F, Fonda JR, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Fortier CB, Esterman M, Amick M, DeGutis J. Associations between changes in somatic and psychiatric symptoms and disability alterations in recent-era U.S. veterans. J Trauma Stress. 2022 Jun; 35(3):1011-1024. PMID: 35187726.

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  • Published on 10/2/2021

    Evans TC, DeGutis J, Rothlein D, Jagger-Rickels A, Yamashita A, Fortier CB, Fonda JR, Milberg W, McGlinchey R, Esterman M. Punishment and reward normalize error-related cognitive control in PTSD by modulating salience network activation and connectivity. Cortex. 2021 12; 145:295-314. PMID: 34775266.

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  • Published on 7/21/2021

    Yamashita A, Rothlein D, Kucyi A, Valera EM, Germine L, Wilmer J, DeGutis J, Esterman M. Variable rather than extreme slow reaction times distinguish brain states during sustained attention. Sci Rep. 2021 07 21; 11(1):14883. PMID: 34290318.

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  • Published on 7/5/2021

    Park H, Aul C, DeGutis J, Lo OY, Poole VN, McGlinchey R, Bean JF, Leritz E, Esterman M. Evidence for a Specific Association Between Sustained Attention and Gait Speed in Middle-to-Older-Aged Adults. Front Aging Neurosci. 2021; 13:703434. PMID: 34290601.

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  • Published on 4/21/2021

    Jagger-Rickels A, Stumps A, Rothlein D, Park H, Fortenbaugh F, Zuberer A, Fonda JR, Fortier CB, DeGutis J, Milberg W, McGlinchey R, Esterman M. Impaired executive function exacerbates neural markers of posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychol Med. 2021 Apr 21; 1-14. PMID: 33879272.

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  • Published on 4/18/2021

    Yamashita A, Rothlein D, Kucyi A, Valera EM, Esterman M. Brain state-based detection of attentional fluctuations and their modulation. Neuroimage. 2021 08 01; 236:118072. PMID: 33882346.

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  • Published on 4/1/2021

    Rashid B, Poole VN, Fortenbaugh FC, Esterman M, Milberg WP, McGlinchey RE, Salat DH, Leritz EC. Association between metabolic syndrome and resting-state functional brain connectivity. Neurobiol Aging. 2021 08; 104:1-9. PMID: 33951557.

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