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/Chobanian and Avedisian 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 Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Universit√© catholique de Louvain, PhD


  • Published on 9/12/2023

    Verfaellie M, Patt V, Lafleche G, Hunsberger R, Vasterling JJ. Imagining emotional future events in PTSD: clinical and neurocognitive correlates. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2023 Oct; 23(5):1428-1444. PMID: 37700143.

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  • Published on 7/18/2023

    Patt VM, Hunsberger R, Jones DA, Verfaellie M. The Hippocampus Contributes to Temporal Discounting When Delays and Rewards Are Experienced in the Moment. J Neurosci. 2023 Aug 02; 43(31):5710-5722. PMID: 37463727.

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  • Published on 4/1/2023

    Race E, Tobin H, Verfaellie M. Leveraging Prior Knowledge to Support Short-term Memory: Exploring the Role of the Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex. J Cogn Neurosci. 2023 Apr 01; 35(4):681-691. PMID: 36638229.

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  • Published on 3/16/2023

    Palombo DJ, Jones D, Strang C, Verfaellie M. Verbal recall in amnesia: Does scene construction matter? Neuropsychologia. 2023 Jun 06; 184:108543. PMID: 36931459.

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  • Published on 9/8/2022

    Thavabalasingam S, Aashat S, Palombo DJ, Verfaellie M, Lee ACH. Investigating the impact of healthy aging on memory for temporal duration and order. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2022 Sep 08; 1-22. PMID: 36082443.

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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 12/16/2021

    Zheng Y, Garrett ME, Sun D, Clarke-Rubright EK, Haswell CC, Maihofer AX, Elman JA, Franz CE, Lyons MJ, Kremen WS, Peverill M, Sambrook K, McLaughlin KA, Davenport ND, Disner S, Sponheim SR, Andrew E, Korgaonkar M, Bryant R, Varkevisser T, Geuze E, Coleman J, Beckham JC, Kimbrel NA, Sullivan D, Miller M, Hayes J, Verfaellie M, Wolf E, Salat D, Spielberg JM, Milberg W, McGlinchey R, Dennis EL, Thompson PM, Medland S, Jahanshad N, Nievergelt CM, Ashley-Koch AE, Logue MW, Morey RA. Trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder modulate polygenic predictors of hippocampal and amygdala volume. Transl Psychiatry. 2021 12 16; 11(1):637. PMID: 34916497.

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  • Published on 12/2/2021

    Wank AA, Robertson A, Thayer SC, Verfaellie M, Rapcsak SZ, Grilli MD. Autobiographical memory unknown: Pervasive autobiographical memory loss encompassing personality trait knowledge in an individual with medial temporal lobe amnesia. Cortex. 2022 02; 147:41-57. PMID: 35007893.

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  • 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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