Andrew E. Budson, MD

Professor of Neurology

  • Title Professor of Neurology
  • Office VA Boston Healthcare System (12C) 150 S. Huntington Street Boston, MA 02130
  • Phone 857-364-6184
  • Education Medical School: Harvard Medical School (1993)
    Residency: Harvard-Longwood Program in Neurology (1997)
    Fellowship: Behavioral Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (1999)

Andrew E. Budson, M.D. is Chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology, Associate Chief of Staff for Education, and Director of the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System, Associate Director for Research at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, and Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Medical Director of the Boston Center for Memory, located in Newton, Massachusetts. His training included graduating cum laude from Harvard Medical School, being chief resident of the Harvard-Longwood Neurology Residency Program, pursuing a fellowship in dementia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and studying memory as a post-doctoral fellow in experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience at Harvard University. Dr. Budson has had government research funding since 1998, receiving a National Research Service Award and a Career Development Award in addition to a Research Project (R01) grant. He has given over 425 local, national, and international grand rounds and other academic talks. He has published over 100 papers, reviews, and book chapters and is a reviewer for more than 40 journals. He has co-authored or edited five books, including Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Dementia: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, the second edition of which has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese. He was awarded the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology in 2008 and the Research Award in Geriatric Neurology in 2009, both from the American Academy of Neurology. His current research uses the techniques of experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience to understand memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. In his memory disorders clinic at the VA Boston Healthcare System he treats patients while teaching fellows, residents, and medical students.

Board Certifications: Neurology
Special Interests: Memory, Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia  

Selected Publications

Turk KW, Elshaar AA, Deason RG, Heyworth NC, Nagle C, Frustace B, Flannery S, Zumwalt A, Budson AE. Late Positive Component Event-related Potential Amplitude Predicts Long-term Classroom-based Learning. J Cogn Neurosci. 2018 May 23:1-7. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_01285. [Epub ahead of print]

Farrar DC, Mian AZ, Budson AE, Moss MB, Killiany RJ. Functional brain networks involved in decision-making under certain and uncertain conditions. Neuroradiology. 2018 Jan;60(1):61-69. doi: 10.1007/s00234-017-1949-1. Epub 2017 Nov 21.

Deason RG, Tat MJ, Flannery S, Mithal PS, Hussey EP, Crehan ET, Ally BA, Budson AE. Response bias and response monitoring: Evidence from healthy older adults and patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. Brain Cogn. 2017 Dec;119:17-24. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2017.09.002. Epub 2017 Sep 17.

Farrar DC, Mian AZ, Budson AE, Moss MB, Koo BB, Killiany RJ; Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Retained executive abilities in mild cognitive impairment are associated with increased white matter network connectivity. Eur Radiol. 2018 Jan;28(1):340-347. doi: 10.1007/s00330-017-4951-4. Epub 2017 Jul 10.

Munilla J, Ortiz A, Górriz JM, Ramírez J; Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Construction and Analysis of Weighted Brain Networks from SICE for the Study of Alzheimer’s Disease. Front Neuroinform. 2017 Mar 10;11:19. doi: 10.3389/fninf.2017.00019. eCollection 2017.

Deason RG, Nadkarni NA, Tat MJ, Flannery S, Frustace B, Ally BA, Budson AE. The use of metacognitive strategies to decrease false memories in source monitoring in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Cortex. 2017 Jun;91:287-296. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2017.01.022. Epub 2017 Feb 3.

Waring JD, Dimsdale-Zucker HR, Flannery S, Budson AE, Kensinger EA. Effects of mild cognitive impairment on emotional scene memory. Neuropsychologia. 2017 Feb;96:240-248. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.01.011. Epub 2017 Jan 13.

Tat MJ, Soonsawat A, Nagle CB, Deason RG, O’Connor MK, Budson AE. The influence of strategic encoding on false memory in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease dementia. Brain Cogn. 2016 Nov;109:50-58.

Farrar D, Budson AE. The relationship between functional magnetic resonance imaging activation, diffusion tensor imaging, and training effects. Cogn Neurosci. 2016 Jul 26:1-2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27457121.

Cecchi M, Moore DK, Sadowsky CH, Solomon PR, Doraiswamy PM, Smith CD, Jicha GA, Budson AE, Arnold SE, Fadem KC. A clinical trial to validate event-related potential markers of Alzheimer’s disease in outpatient settings. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2015 Oct 2;1(4):387-94.

Solomon TM, Leech J, deBros GB, Murphy CA, Budson AE, Vassey EA, Solomon PR. A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled, parallel group, efficacy study of alpha BRAIN® administered orally. Hum Psychopharmacol. 2016 Mar;31(2):135-43.

Whiteman AS, Young DE, Budson AE, Stern CE, Schon K. Entorhinal volume, aerobic fitness, and recognition memory in healthy young adults: A voxel-based morphometry study. Neuroimage. 2015 Nov 26;126:229-238.

Quiroz YT, Willment KC, Castrillon G, Muniz M, Lopera F, Budson A, Stern CE. Successful Scene Encoding in Presymptomatic Early-Onset Alzheimer”s Disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2015 Aug 11; 47(4):955-64.

O’Connor MK, Deason RG, Reynolds E, Tat MJ, Flannery S, Solomon PR, Vassey EA, Budson AE. The imagination inflation effect in healthy older adults and patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychology. 2015 Jul;29(4):550-60.

Hirst W, Phelps EA, Meksin R, Vaidya CJ, Johnson MK, Mitchell KJ, Buckner RL, Budson AE, Gabrieli JD, Lustig C, Mather M, Ochsner KN, Schacter D, Simons JS, Lyle KB, Cuc AF, Olsson A. A ten-year follow-up of a study of memory for the attack of September 11, 2001: Flashbulb memories and memories for flashbulb events. J Exp Psychol Gen. 2015 Jun;144(3):604-23.

Rosa NM, Deason RG, Budson AE, Gutchess AH. Self-referencing and false memory in mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychology. 2015 Sep;29(5):799-805.

Montenigro PH, Baugh CM, Daneshvar DH, Mez J, Budson AE, Au R, Katz DI, Cantu RC, Stern RA. Clinical subtypes of chronic traumatic encephalopathy: literature review and proposed research diagnostic criteria for traumatic encephalopathy syndrome. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2014 Sep 24;6(5):68.

Sun X, Salat D, Upchurch K, Deason R, Kowall N, Budson A; Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Destruction of white matter integrity in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer disease. J Investig Med. 2014 Oct;62(7):927-33.

Rosa NM, Deason RG, Budson AE, Gutchess AH. Source Memory for Self and Other in Patients With Mild Cognitive Impairment due to Alzheimer’s Disease. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2014 Jun 5.

Solomon TM, deBros GB, Budson AE, Mirkovic N, Murphy CA, Solomon PR. Correlational analysis of 5 commonly used measures of cognitive functioning and mental status: an update. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2014 Dec;29(8):718-22.

Waring JD, Seiger AN, Solomon PR, Budson AE, Kensinger EA. Memory for the 2008 presidential election in healthy ageing and mild cognitive impairment. Cogn Emot. 2014 Feb 17.

Stern RA, Daneshvar DH, Baugh CM, Seichepine DR, Montenigro PH, Riley DO, Fritts NG, Stamm JM, Robbins CA, McHale L, Simkin I, Stein TD, Alvarez VE, Goldstein LE, Budson AE, Kowall NW, Nowinski CJ, Cantu RC, McKee AC. Clinical presentation of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Neurology. 2013 Sep 24;81(13):1122-9.

Qiu WQ, Mwamburi M, Besser LM, Zhu H, Li H, Wallack M, Phillips L, Qiao L, Budson AE, Stern R, Kowall N. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and the reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease in the absence of apolipoprotein E4 allele. J Alzheimers Dis. 2013;37(2):421-8.

McKee AC, Stern RA, Nowinski CJ, Stein TD, Alvarez VE, Daneshvar DH, Lee HS, Wojtowicz SM, Hall G, Baugh CM, Riley DO, Kubilus CA, Cormier KA, Jacobs MA, Martin BR, Abraham CR, Ikezu T, Reichard RR, Wolozin BL, Budson AE, Goldstein LE, Kowall NW, Cantu RC. The spectrum of disease in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Brain. 2013 Jan;136(Pt 1):43-64.

Budson AE, Solomon PR. New criteria for Alzheimer disease and mild cognitive impairment: implications for the practicing clinician. Neurologist. 2012 Nov;18(6):356-63. doi: 10.1097/NRL.0b013e31826a998d. Review.

Simmons-Stern NR, Deason RG, Brandler BJ, Frustace BS, O’Connor MK, Ally BA, Budson AE. Music-based memory enhancement in Alzheimer’s disease: promise and limitations. Neuropsychologia. 2012 Dec;50(14):3295-303.

Embree LM, Budson AE, Ally BA. Memorial familiarity remains intact for pictures but not for words in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychologia. 2012 Jul;50(9):2333-40.

Deason RG, Hussey EP, Ally BA, Budson AE. Changes in response bias with different study-test delays: Evidence from young adults, older adults, and patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychology 2012 1, 119-126.

Deason RG, Hussey EP, Budson AE, Ally BA. Gist-based conceptual processing of pictures remains intact in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychology 2012 2, 202-208.

Deason RG, Simmons-Stern NR, Frustace BS, Ally BA, Budson AE. Music as a memory enhancer: differences between healthy older adults and patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain. Vol 22(2), Dec, 2012. Special issue: Neurosciences and Music. pp. 175-179.

Budson AE, Solomon PR. Memory Loss: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, Philadelphia: Elsevier Inc., July 2011.

Dodson CS, Spaniol M, O’Connor MK, Deason RG, Ally BA, Budson AE. Alzheimer’s disease and memory-monitoring impairment: Alzheimer’s patients show a monitoring deficit that is greater than their accuracy deficit. Neuropsychologia 2011 49, 2609-2618.

Quiroz YT, Ally BA, Celone K, McKeever J, Ruiz-Rizzo AL, Lopera F, Stern CE, Budson AE. Event-related potential markers of brain changes in preclinical familial Alzheimer disease. Neurology 2011 77, 469-475.

Quiroz YT, Budson AE, Celone K, Ruiz R, Castrillón G, Lopera F, Stern CE. Hippocampal hyperactivation in presymptomatic familial Alzheimer’s disease. Annals of Neurology 2010 68, 865-75.

Simmons-Stern NR, Budson AE, Ally BA. Music as a memory enhancer in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychologia 2010 48, 3164-3167.

Wolk DA, Budson AE. Memory Systems. Continuum: Lifelong Learning Neurology. 2010 16(4):15-28.

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