Mieke H. Verfaellie, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry

Mieke Verfaellie
150 S Huntington Avenue


Dr. Verfaellie is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the BU Memory Disorders Research Center. She is also a Research Career Scientist at VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Verfaellie received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1986, and following several years of predoctoral research training at the University of Florida, completed postdoctoral training at VA Boston Healthcare System/Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Verfaellie’s research aims to elucidate the cognitive and neural bases of various forms of human memory, through the study of patients with memory disorders as well as individuals with intact memory. In addition to the study of patients with selective amnesia, her current research extends to other clinical populations in whom memory impairment is one of the presenting complaints, such as individuals who suffered cardiac arrest or traumatic brain injury. Her research is funded through the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Verfaellie is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. She serves on the editorial board of several journals, including Neuropsychology, Neuropsychologia, and Journal of Memory and Language.

Other Positions

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


  • Universit√© catholique de Louvain, PhD


  • Published on 2/1/2018

    Palombo DJ, Hayes SM, Peterson KM, Keane MM, Verfaellie M. Medial Temporal Lobe Contributions to Episodic Future Thinking: Scene Construction or Future Projection? Cereb Cortex. 2018 Feb 01; 28(2):447-458. PMID: 27913433.

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  • Published on 10/1/2017

    Verfaellie M, Keane MM. Neuropsychological Investigations of Human Amnesia: Insights Into the Role of the Medial Temporal Lobes in Cognition. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2017 Oct; 23(9-10):732-740. PMID: 29198269.

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  • Published on 9/9/2017

    Hayes JP, Hayes S, Miller DR, Lafleche G, Logue MW, Verfaellie M. Automated measurement of hippocampal subfields in PTSD: Evidence for smaller dentate gyrus volume. J Psychiatr Res. 2017 Dec; 95:247-252. PMID: 28923718.

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  • Published on 8/30/2017

    Hayes JP, Reagan A, Logue MW, Hayes SM, Sadeh N, Miller DR, Verfaellie M, Wolf EJ, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Stone A, Schichman SA, Miller MW. BDNF genotype is associated with hippocampal volume in mild traumatic brain injury. Genes Brain Behav. 2018 02; 17(2):107-117. PMID: 28755387.

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  • Published on 8/1/2017

    Miller DR, Hayes JP, Lafleche G, Salat DH, Verfaellie M. White matter abnormalities are associated with overall cognitive status in blast-related mTBI. Brain Imaging Behav. 2017 08; 11(4):1129-1138. PMID: 27704406.

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  • Published on 3/10/2017

    Grilli MD, Wank AA, Verfaellie M. The life stories of adults with amnesia: Insights into the contribution of the medial temporal lobes to the organization of autobiographical memory. Neuropsychologia. 2018 Feb; 110:84-91. PMID: 28286259.

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  • Published on 3/1/2017

    Hayes JP, Logue MW, Reagan A, Salat D, Wolf EJ, Sadeh N, Spielberg JM, Sperbeck E, Hayes SM, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Verfaellie M, Stone A, Schichman SA, Miller MW. COMT Val158Met polymorphism moderates the association between PTSD symptom severity and hippocampal volume. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2017 Mar; 42(2):95-102. PMID: 28234210.

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  • Published on 3/1/2017

    Hayes JP, Logue MW, Sadeh N, Spielberg JM, Verfaellie M, Hayes SM, Reagan A, Salat DH, Wolf EJ, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Stone A, Schichman SA, Miller MW. Mild traumatic brain injury is associated with reduced cortical thickness in those at risk for Alzheimer's disease. Brain. 2017 Mar 01; 140(3):813-825. PMID: 28077398.

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  • Published on 1/13/2017

    Miller DR, Hayes SM, Hayes JP, Spielberg JM, Lafleche G, Verfaellie M. Default Mode Network Subsystems are Differentially Disrupted in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2017 05; 2(4):363-371. PMID: 28435932.

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  • Published on 1/12/2017

    Hayes SM, Hayes JP, Williams VJ, Liu H, Verfaellie M. FMRI activity during associative encoding is correlated with cardiorespiratory fitness and source memory performance in older adults. Cortex. 2017 06; 91:208-220. PMID: 28161031.

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