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 4/1/2024

    DeGutis J, Sullivan DR, Agnoli S, Stumps A, Logue M, Brown E, Verfaellie M, Milberg W, McGlinchey R, Esterman M. Less is more: Smaller hippocampal subfield volumes predict greater improvements in posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms over 2 years. Behav Neurosci. 2024 Apr; 138(2):94-107. PMID: 38661669.

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  • Published on 3/1/2024

    Nanni-Zepeda M, DeGutis J, Wu C, Rothlein D, Fan Y, Grimm S, Walter M, Esterman M, Zuberer A. Neural signatures of shared subjective affective engagement and disengagement during movie viewing. Hum Brain Mapp. 2024 Mar; 45(4):e26622. PMID: 38488450.

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  • Published on 1/9/2024

    Wooten T, Esterman M, BrunyƩ TT, Taylor HA, Ward N. The relationship between sustained attention and parasympathetic functioning. Int J Psychophysiol. 2024 Mar; 197:112298. PMID: 38199297.

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  • Published on 8/24/2023

    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 Aug 24; 38(6):944-961. PMID: 36781401.

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  • Published on 8/4/2023

    Aul C, Brau JM, Sugarman A, DeGutis JM, Germine LT, Esterman M, McGlinchey RE, Fortenbaugh FC. The functional relevance of visuospatial processing speed across the lifespan. Cogn Res Princ Implic. 2023 Aug 04; 8(1):51. PMID: 37542181.

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  • Published on 6/15/2023

    DeGutis J, Agnoli S, Gaudet CE, Stumps A, Kim S, Evans TC, Jagger-Rickels A, Milberg W, McGlinchey R, Fortier CB, Esterman M. Inhibitory control and alcohol use history predict changes in posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. Neuropsychology. 2023 Nov; 37(8):907-922. PMID: 37326535.

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  • 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 Aug 15; 335:24-35. PMID: 37086805.

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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. 2023 Dec; 53(12):4787-4808. 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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