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 4/21/2023

    Jagger-Rickels A, Stumps A, Rothlein D, Evans T, Lee D, McGlinchey R, DeGutis J, Esterman M. Aberrant connectivity in the right amygdala and right middle temporal gyrus before and after a suicide attempt: Examining markers of suicide risk. J Affect Disord. 2023 Apr 21; 335:24-35. PMID: 37086805.

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  • Published on 2/13/2023

    DeGutis J, Agnoli S, Bernstein JPK, Jagger-Rickels A, Evans TC, Fortier CB, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Esterman M. Poorer Inhibitory Control Uniquely Contributes to Greater Functional Disability in Post-9/11 Veterans. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2023 Feb 13. PMID: 36781401.

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  • Published on 11/17/2022

    DeGutis J, Yosef B, Lee EA, Saad E, Arizpe J, Song JS, Wilmer J, Germine L, Esterman M. The rise and fall of face recognition awareness across the life span. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 2023 Jan; 49(1):22-33. PMID: 36395052.

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  • Published on 9/29/2022

    Fry R, Li X, Evans TC, Esterman M, Tanaka J, DeGutis J. Investigating the Influence of Autism Spectrum Traits on Face Processing Mechanisms in Developmental Prosopagnosia. J Autism Dev Disord. 2022 Sep 29. PMID: 36173532.

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  • Published on 9/20/2022

    Evans TC, Esterman M, Britton JC. Social avoidance behavior modulates motivational responses to social reward-threat conflict signals: A preliminary fMRI study. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2023 Feb; 23(1):42-65. PMID: 36127489.

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  • Published on 8/6/2022

    Evans TC, Alonso MR, Jagger-Rickels A, Rothlein D, Zuberer A, Bernstein J, Fortier CB, Fonda JR, Villalon A, Jorge R, Milberg W, McGlinchey R, DeGutis J, Esterman M. PTSD symptomatology is selectively associated with impaired sustained attention ability and dorsal attention network synchronization. Neuroimage Clin. 2022; 36:103146. PMID: 36055063.

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  • Published on 8/3/2022

    Poole VN, Dawe RJ, Lamar M, Esterman M, Barnes L, Leurgans SE, Bennett DA, Hausdorff JM, Buchman AS. Dividing attention during the Timed Up and Go enhances associations of several subtask performances with MCI and cognition. PLoS One. 2022; 17(8):e0269398. PMID: 35921260.

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  • 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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