Patrick McNamara, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine


Parkinson's disease, Neuorlogy


Boston University



Patrick McNamara is a former writer for Verywell Health. In 1988, after working with a Parkinson's disease patient who also had a rare neuropsychiatric disorder called Othello syndrome, Dr. McNamara began to focus his work on Parkinson's disease, working directly with both patients and their families. Since then he has published more than 40 scientific papers on the disorder in major medical journals. Dr. McNamara has spent most of his career at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs New England Healthcare System in Boston. He also has taught neuropsychology at various colleges and universities in the northeast.


In 1986, Dr. McNamara received his B.A. in psychology from Boston University. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience in 1991, also from Boston University. From 1991 until 1993, he did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Aphasia Research Center at the Boston VA Medical Center. He received a National Institutes of Health award to study speech and language problems of Parkinson's disease and is the author of several books on sleep and dreams.

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