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, Graduate Medical Sciences
  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Universit√© catholique de Louvain, PhD


  • Published on 6/21/2021

    Memel M, Lynch K, Lafleche G, Verfaellie M. Autobiographical recall of a stressful negative event in veterans with PTSD. Memory. 2021 07; 29(6):719-728. PMID: 34148527.

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  • Published on 5/14/2021

    Patt VM, Hunsberger R, Jones DA, Keane MM, Verfaellie M. Temporal discounting when outcomes are experienced in the moment: Validation of a novel paradigm and comparison with a classic hypothetical intertemporal choice task. PLoS One. 2021; 16(5):e0251480. PMID: 33989315.

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  • Published on 3/9/2021

    Verfaellie M, Hunsberger R, Keane MM. Episodic processes in moral decisions: Evidence from medial temporal lobe amnesia. Hippocampus. 2021 Jun; 31(6):569-579. PMID: 33687125.

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  • Published on 2/27/2021

    Palombo DJ, Patt VM, Hunsberger R, Verfaellie M. Probabilistic value learning in medial temporal lobe amnesia. Hippocampus. 2021 May; 31(5):461-468. PMID: 33638580.

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  • Published on 12/7/2020

    Race E, Carlisle C, Tejwani R, Verfaellie M. The language of mental images: Characterizing hippocampal contributions to imageable word use during event construction. Neuropsychologia. 2021 01 22; 151:107705. PMID: 33301763.

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  • Published on 9/23/2020

    Fry R, Wilmer J, Xie I, Verfaellie M, DeGutis J. Evidence for normal novel object recognition abilities in developmental prosopagnosia. R Soc Open Sci. 2020 Sep; 7(9):200988. PMID: 33047056.

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  • Published on 7/25/2020

    Lynch K, Keane MM, Verfaellie M. The status of semantic memory in medial temporal lobe amnesia varies with demands on scene construction. Cortex. 2020 10; 131:114-122. PMID: 32836086.

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  • Published on 5/18/2020

    Stumps A, Saad E, Rothlein D, Verfaellie M, DeGutis J. Characterizing developmental prosopagnosia beyond face perception: Impaired recollection but intact familiarity recognition. Cortex. 2020 09; 130:64-77. PMID: 32640375.

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  • Published on 3/14/2020

    Logue MW, Miller MW, Wolf EJ, Huber BR, Morrison FG, Zhou Z, Zheng Y, Smith AK, Daskalakis NP, Ratanatharathorn A, Uddin M, Nievergelt CM, Ashley-Koch AE, Baker DG, Beckham JC, Garrett ME, Boks MP, Geuze E, Grant GA, Hauser MA, Kessler RC, Kimbrel NA, Maihofer AX, Marx CE, Qin XJ, Risbrough VB, Rutten BPF, Stein MB, Ursano RJ, Vermetten E, Vinkers CH, Ware EB, Stone A, Schichman SA, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Hayes JP, Verfaellie M. An epigenome-wide association study of posttraumatic stress disorder in US veterans implicates several new DNA methylation loci. Clin Epigenetics. 2020 03 14; 12(1):46. PMID: 32171335.

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  • Published on 2/28/2020

    Kan IP, Rosenbaum RS, Verfaellie M. Schema processing across the lifespan: From theory to applications. Cogn Neuropsychol. 2020 Feb - Mar; 37(1-2):1-7. PMID: 32106740.

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