Patrick McNamara, PhD

Highlights

  • B.A. in psychology and Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from Boston University
  • Three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Aphasia Research Center at the Boston VA Medical Center
  • Associate professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine
  • Chose to focus his practice on Parkinson's disease in 1988 after working with a Parkinson's disease patient who also had a rare neuropsychiatric disorder called Othello syndrome
  • Since 2005, Dr. McNamara has been the director of the Evolutionary Neurobehavior Laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine, where he conducts research on Parkinson's disease, religion, sleep, and dreams
  • Founding editor of the journal Religion, Brain & Behavior

Experience

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.

Education

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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