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Elizabeth A. Vassey, PsyD

Executive Director 

Dr. Elizabeth Vassey is a founder and Executive Director of the Boston Center for Memory (BCM). She is a Clinical Scientist specializing in neuropsychology and behavioral medicine and is responsible for managing the clinical and research administrative operations of the center. She served as the Associate Director of BCM for 8 years when it was initially established in 2012. Dr. Vassey is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and serves as an Investigator in the Clinical Core of the Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center (BU ADC). 


Dr. Vassey is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Society of Clinical Neuropsychology, and the American Psychological Association, Division 38 and Division 40 (Health Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology). She has also served as a board member of the Medical & Scientific Liaison Committee of the Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter and Alztogether, a young professionals advocacy committee focused on raising awareness for Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Vassey has lectured, presented and traveled internationally providing education to professionals and the community about early detection, treatment, and research for neurodegenerative diseases and has provided training for neuropsychological instruments used as outcome measures in clinical research.


Dr. Vassey earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Department of Behavioral Medicine at Midwestern University (MWU). While at MWU, Dr. Vassey completed diagnostic, clinical, and advanced clinical training specializing in psychotherapy and behavioral medicine at Loyola University Medical Center Stritch School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, and other inpatient and outpatient greater Chicago area hospitals, and short and long-term psychiatric care facilities. She completed her Pre-doctoral Clinical Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at The Memory Clinic (Clinical Neurosciences Research Associates) as the primary placement of the Southwestern Vermont Psychology Consortium. Dr. Vassey’s principle clinical interest is the intersection between behavioral medicine approaches and clinical neuropsychology for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias and other neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Vassey completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology from the Department of Neurology at the BU ADC, Boston University School of Medicine.


Dr. Vassey co-founded BCM during her postdoctoral fellowship when it was initially established in 2012. Upon completion of her fellowship, she joined the BU ADC as an Investigator of the Clinical Core.  She was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine and is a collaborator of the Stern Lab under the direction of Robert A. Stern, PhD. She has served as an investigator and certified rater in multiple clinical research trials for diagnostic instruments and pharmacotherapy for Alzheimer's disease and has served on advisory boards for Alzheimer's disease in industry and in private/foundation.

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