Margaret O’Connor, PhD/ABPP
Margaret O’Connor, Ph.D./ABPP is President Elect of the International Neuropsychological Society a scientific and educational organization dedicated to enhancing the international and interdisciplinary study of brain-behavioral relationships.
She has held leadership positions as Co-Chair of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and in the Austism/Aspergers Network.
Dr. O’Connor is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She has diplomate status in the field of clinical neuropsychology since 1999 and she is a board examiner for the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology.
She was the Director of Neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center between 1994 and 2018. In her role as director of a busy clinical service, she was involved in clinical, administrative, and teaching activities. Dr. O’Connor has mentored the clinical and research activities of over 80 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
She has authored over 65 papers in peer reviewed journals and 30 book chapters. Her work has involved studies of amnesia and long term forgetting with a focus on understanding neural and physiological substrates of memory. She has also focused on pragmatic areas of research relevant to the health and safety of people with dementia.
She co-founded DriveWise, a driving assessment program that has provided services for over 900 individuals. In addition to clinical research she developed educational videos to assist professionals and caregivers in making decisions about driving for people with dementia as well as those with developmental disabilities.
Dr. O’Connor is actively involved in public education efforts to advance research and clinical support for people with cognitive impairments.