Margaret O'Connor, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Margaret O'Connor has been Director of Neuropsychology in the Cognitive Neurology Unit since 1994. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, her doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University, and her clinical internship training at Brown University Medical School.

Dr. O'Connor has been board certified in the field of clinical neuropsychology since 1999, and she is a board examiner for the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, in which capacity she evaluates the clinical skills of psychologists from across the country. She is on the board of the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and she is Chair of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee.

Dr. O’Connor is a member of the Clinical Advisory Group of Autism Asperger Network. She is President Elect of the International Neuropsychological Society, an organization forcused on brain health and neuroscience. She is an Associate Professor of Neurology (Neuropsychology) at Harvard Medical School. Her research expertise is in the field of memory disorders and dementia. She has published over 65 scientific articles on these subjects and she has been the principal investigator on several grants, including several NARSAD awards and a grant from the National Parkinson's Foundation to develop an Internet based video on driving safety. Dr. O'Connor's teaching activities include a weekly neuropsychology seminar for graduate and post-doctoral students and participation in hospital based and medical school courses. Over the past 25 years Dr. O'Connor has mentored over 70 pre- and post-doctoral neuropsychology trainees. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, reading, traveling and cooking.

Posts by Margaret O'Connor, PhD, ABPP

Aging and sleep: Making changes for brain health

Sleep is a necessity for everyone, but it’s especially important for older people to be aware of the changes in sleep patterns that accompany aging, and the effect that poor sleep can have on brain health.

Memories: Learning, remembering, (not) forgetting

Who we are and how we define our lives is built on the accumulation of personal experiences. As we age, these memories start to fade. People with neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease are especially vulnerable.