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Michael Esterman, PhD

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Michael Esterman, PhD

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Principal Investigator

Behavioral Science Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


  • Johns Hopkins University, Dept. of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Baltimore, MD, Postdoctoral fellow, 2006-2008
  • University of California, Berkeley, CA; Ph.D. in Psychology, 2006
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; B.A. in Psychology, 1997

Expertise and Interests

  • Neurobiology of PTSD
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Sustained attention
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Awards and Honors

  • 2018 Spivack Emerging Leaders in Neuroscience Award from Boston University

Selected Publications

Esterman, M., Noonan, S., Rosenberg, M., & DeGutis, J. (2013). In the Zone or Zoning Out? Tracking Behavioral and Neural Fluctuations During Sustained Attention. Cerebral Cortex, 23, 11, 2712-2723.

Fortenbaugh, F. C., DeGutis, J., Germine, L., Wilmer, J. B., Grosso, M.*, Russo, K., & Esterman, M. (2015). Sustained attention across the life span in a sample of 10,000 dissociating ability and strategy. Psychological Science, 26(9), 1497-1510.

Fortenbaugh, F. C., DeGutis, J., & Esterman, M. (2017). Recent theoretical, neural, and clinical advances in sustained attention research. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1396: 70-91.

Esterman, M., Stumps, A., Jagger-Rickels, A., Rothlein, D., DeGutis, J., Fortenbaugh, F., ... & McGlinchey, R. (2020). Evaluating the evidence for a neuroimaging subtype of posttraumatic stress disorder. Science Translational Medicine, 12(568).

Stumps, A., Jagger-Rickels, A., Rothlein, D., Amick, M., Park, H., Evans, T., ... & Esterman, M. (2021). Connectome-based functional connectivity markers of suicide attempt. Journal of Affective Disorders, 283, 430-440.

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