Michael Boivin, PhD
Joint appointment in Psychiatry and Neurology & Ophthalmology

909 Wilson Road, Room 327
East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

(517) 884-0281

Michael J. Boivin, PhD

University Distinguished Professor

Professor and Director, Psychiatry Research Program

Joint appointment in Psychiatry and Neurology & Ophthalmology

A former Fulbright research scholar to the DR Congo (1990-91) and Uganda (2003-04), Dr. Boivin presently leads R34 MH082663; Cognitive and psychosocial benefits of caregiver training in Ugandan HIV children. He is also leading a study in Uganda on the cognitive rehabilitation of school-age Ugandan children affected by HIV (R34 MH084782, Neuropsychological Benefits of Cognitive Training in Ugandan HIV Children. He has led the neurodevelopmental assessment portions of an NIH R21 study on the neurocognitive effects of HIV subtype in Ugandan children (PI: Wong), and on a K01 study on the neurodevelopmental and factors affecting neurocognitive disability in rural Ugandan children affected by HIV (PI: Brahmbhatt). He recently published studies in evaluating cognitive rehabilitation programs in Ugandan school-age children with HIV and those having survived cerebral malaria.

Presently Dr. Boivin is collaborating on studies evaluating the neurocognitive effects of cerebral malaria in Malawian and Ugandan children, as well as the developmental effects of maternal anemia in very young children in Benin.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Boivin has pioneered the application of neuropsychological assessment in gauging the neurocognitive impact of public health risk factors and interventions in African children. For more information, please visit ThriveEarly.

Research and Publications Open Link in New Tab (PDF, 24KB) 

Book Release - Neuropsychology of Children in Africa, Perspectives on Risk and Resilience

Neuropsychology of Children in Africa

Press Releases

Why I Do What I Do

New Urgency in Battle Against ‘Bound Legs’ Disease

Training Gives Kids of Aids Patients a Leg Up

Improved Caregiver Training Helps Hiv-Infected Children

Konzo Disease Research

Combating Konzo

Nodding Acquaintance

Cassava and Mental Deficits

Bitter Cassava, Bitter Irony

Cognitive Effects of Konzo Open Link In New Tab (PDF, 146KB)

Other Links

MSU Global Neuropsychiatry

Research Gate

Psychiatry Profile

Neurology Profile