Susan Y. Bookheimer, PhD

Susan Y. Bookheimer, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychology


I am a Clinical Neuropsychologist specializing in pre-surgical and intraoperative assessments for patients with epilepsy, brain tumors, vascular lesions, Parkinson's Disease, and dementia. My research uses brain imaging, particularly functional MRI, applied to a wide range of disorders including Autism and Alzheimer's, as well as in typical development and normal aging.



Wayne State University, PhD, 1988

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


The BRI 28th Annual H.W. Magoun Lecture 2017 - Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D.
OHBM Oral History: Susan Bookheimer - clip 1
UCLA CART | Update on Brain Research in Autism
UCLA CART | Ask the Expert Panel
How Does a Child's Brain Develop?
Autism Early Detection and Prevention: Dr. Susan Bookheimer
Beyond Mirror Neurons Part 1



My research uses structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging- fMRI- to understand normal brain development and aging, and to understand changes in brain function that underlie neuropsychiatric disorders including Autism, Alzheimer's, ADHD, Parkinson's disease, Depression and Bipolar disorder. I have published over 250 papers in scientific journals.
  • Functional Brain Imaging
  • Autism
  • Alzheimer's
  • Brain Tumors
  • Epilepsy

Link to Dr. Bookheimer's PubMed >


  1. Bhatia, S.; Bookheimer, S.Y.; Gaillard, W.; and Theodore, W.T. (1993). Measurement of whole temporal lobe and hippocampus for MR volumetry: Normative data. Neurology, 43(10): 2006-2010.
  2. Blaxton, T. and Bookheimer, S.Y. (1993). Retrieval inhibition in anomia. Brain and Language, 44: 221-237.
  3. Cohen, M.S. and Bookheimer, S.Y. (1994). Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Trends in Neurosciences, 17(7): 268-77.
  4. Cuenod, C.A.; Bookheimer, S.Y.; Hertz-Pannier, L.; Frank, J.A.; Zeffiro, T.A.; Theodore, W.H.; and Le Bihan, D. (1995). Functional MRI during Word Generation using Conventional Equipment: A Potential Tool for Language Localization in Clinical Environment. Neurology 45(10): 1821-1827.
  5. Bookheimer, S.Y.; Zeffiro, T.A.; Blaxton, T.; Gaillard, W.D.; and Theodore, W.H. (1995). Regional Cerebral Blood Flow during Object Naming and Word Reading. Human Brain Mapping 3(2): 93-106.
  6. Gaillard, W.D.; Bhatia, S.; Bookheimer, S.Y.; Fazilat, S.; Sato, S.; and Theodore, W.H. (1995). FDG-PET and Volumetric MRI in the evaluation of patients with partial epilepsy. Neurology, 45(1): 123-126.
  7. Malow, B.A.; Blaxton, T.A.; Sato, S.; Bookheimer, S.Y.; Kufta, C.V. Figlozzi, C.M.; and Theodore, W.H. (1996). Cortical Stimulation Elicits Regional Distinctions in Auditory and Visual Naming. Epilepsia, 37(3): 245-252.
  8. Bookheimer, S.Y. (1996). Functional MRI Applications in Clinical Epilepsy. NeuroImage, 4(3): S139-S146.
  9. Blaxton, T.A.; Bookheimer, S.Y.; Zeffiro, T.A.; Figlozzi, C.M.; Gaillard, W.D.; and Theodore, W.H. (1996). Functional Mapping of Human Memory Using PET: Comparisons of Conceptual and Perceptual Tasks. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 50(1): 42-56.
  10. Blaxton, T.A.; Zeffiro, T.A.; Gabrieli, J.D.E.; Bookheimer, S.Y.; Carillo, M.C.; Theodore, W.H.; and Disterhoft, J.F. (1996) Functional Mapping of Human Learning: A PET Activation Study of Eyeblink Conditioning. Journal of Neurosciences, 16(12): 4032-4040.
  11. Cohen, M.S.; Kosslyn, S.M.; Breiter, H.C.; DiGirolamo, G.J.; Thompson, W.L.; Bookheimer, S.Y.; Belliveau, J.W.; Rosen, B.R. (1996). Changes in Cortical Activity During Mental Rotation: A mapping study using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Brain, 119: 89-100. (Cover Article).
  12. Bookheimer, S.Y.; Zeffiro, T.A.; Blaxton, T.; Malow, B.A.; Gaillard, W.D.; Sato, S.; Kufta, C.; Fedio, P.; and Theodore, W.H. (1997). A Direct Comparison of PET Activation and Electrocortical Stimulation Mapping for Language Localization. Neurology. 48(4) 1056-1065.
  13. Savic I., Bookheimer SY, Fried I., Engel J. Jr (1997). Olfactory bedside test. A simple approach to identify temporo-orbitofrontal dysfunction. Arch Neurol 54(2):162-8.
  14. Hertz-Pannier, L.; Gaillard, W.D.; Mott, S.H.; Cuenod, C.A.; Bookheimer, S.Y.; Weinstein, S.; Conry, J.; Papero, P.; Schiff, S.J.; Le Bihan, D.; and Theodore, W.H. (1997). Noninvasive Assessment of Language Dominance in Children and Adolescents with Functional MRI: A Preliminary Study. Neurology.48(4):1003-12.
  15. Bookheimer, S.Y.; Zeffiro, T.A.; Blaxton, T.; Gaillard, W.D.; Malow, B, and Theodore, W.H. (1998). Regional Cerebral Blood Flow during Auditory Responsive Naming: Evidence for Cross- Modality Neural Activation. Neuroreport, Vol 9 (10).
  16. Hunter, Kevin. E.; Blaxton, Teresa. A.; Bookheimer, S.Y.; Figlozzi, C.; Grandin, C.; Anyanwu, A.; and Theodore, W. (1998). O15 water Positron Emission Tomography in language localization: A study comparing rater evaluations and computerized region of interest analysis of PET studies with the Wada test. (1999) Annals of Neurology 45(5) 662-665.
  17. Small, G; Chen, ST; Komo, S;, Ercoli, L; Bookheimer, S.Y., Miller, K; Kaplan, A, Dorsey, D.; Scott, W.K., Saunders, A.M., Haines, L.; Roses, A.D., Pericak-Vance, M. (1999) Memory Self-appraisal in middle aged and older adults with the apolipoprotein E-4 Allele. Am. J Psychiatry 156:1035-1038.
  18. Theodore, William. H.; Bhatia, Sanjiv.; Hatta, Junko.; Fazilat, Shahin.; DeCarli, Charles.; Bookheimer, S.Y.; and Gaillard, William. D.(1999). Hippocampal atrophy, epilepsy duration, and febrile seizures in patients with partial seizures. Neurology. Jan 1;52(1):132-6.
  19. Gaillard, W.D., Bookheimer, S.Y., Hertz-Pannier, L and Blaxton, TA (1999). The Non-invasive identification of language function: Neuroimaging and rapid transcranial magnetic stimulation. Neurosurg. Clin. N Amer. 8(3) 321-335.
  20. Bookheimer, S.Y.; Dapretto, M.; Karmarkar, U. (1999). Functional MRI in Children with Epilepsy. Developmental Neurosciences 21(3-5), 191-199.


  • Joaquin Fuster Endowed Chair in Cognitive Neurosciences
    • Glass Brain Award, Organization for Human Brain Mapping (Lifetime Achievement), 2018
    • Zenith Award, Alzheimer’s Association, 2019
    • Golden Portal Award for Tenacious Discovery, UCLA Neurosurgery, 2014
    • Faculty Teaching Award, UCLA Department of Psychiatry, 2005
    • Distinguished Scientist Award, The HELP Group, 2004
    • Turken Scholarship of the Los Angeles Alzheimer's Association, 1995