Michael Boivin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Neurology
Member, Core Faculty, International Neurological and
Psychiatric Epidemiology Program (INPEP)
- 2011 - present: Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School
- 2006-present: Associate Professor, Michigan State University,
Core faculty, Michigan State
University, International Neurological and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Core Faculty, Michigan State University, African Studies
- 2006-present: Consulting Faculty, Michigan State
University, Faculty Women and International Development
- Center for the Study of Women and Gender
- 1993-present: Adjunct Research
Investigator, Department of Psychiatry, University
- 1996-2006: Professor, Indiana
Wesleyan University, Psychology
Professor, Spring Arbor University,
- 1984-1990: Associate Professor,
Spring Arbor University,
- 1980-1984: Assistant
Professor, Spring Arbor University,
1987-1988 Sabbatical support from Spring Arbor University for
Research and Training in Neuropsychology Assessment and PET-scan
Neuroimaging, Neuropsychology Section, as a visiting Associate
Professor to the Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan
- M.P.H., University of Michigan, Public Health Policy and Administration, 1994
- Ph.D., Western Michigan University, Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 1980
- M.A., Western Michigan University, Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 1978
- B.A., Spring Arbor College, Psychology, 1976
Expertise and Research Interests
A former Fulbright research scholar to the Democratic Republic of Congo (1990-91) and to Uganda (2003-04), as well as an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Boivin presently leads NIH-NICHD sponsored studies in Uganda pertaining to the neurocognitive rehabilitation in children surviving severe malaria and early caregiver training to enhance cognitive and psychosocial development in children with HIV. This includes the NIMH R34 study on the cognitive rehabilitation of children with HIV in an impoverished area of rural Uganda. He is serving as Protocol Chair of an NIH-sponsored substudy in IMPAACT 1060 RCT protocol (p1104s) to conduct a neuropsychological evaluation of HIV-infected children on different antiretoviral treatment arms in resource limited African settings. He is also collaborating on studies evaluating the neurcognitive effects cerebral malaria in Malawian and in Ugandan children, as well as on a recently completed R21 study on the developmental effects of maternal anemia in very young children in Benin.
Dr. Boivin presently directs the neuropsychological assessment program in an NIH/NIEHS-sponsored study of konzo, a neurotoxic disease from poorly processed cassava in the DR Congo. Over the past 25 years he has pioneered the application of neuropsychological assessment in gauging the neurocognitive impact of public health risk factors and interventions in African children. Much of this work is encapsulated in a co-edited book on the Neuropsychology of Children in Africa: Perspectives on Risk and Resilience (New York: Springer Publishing, 2013).
Below is a link to a video interview Dr. Boivin did pertaining to his use of the KABC-2 in Africa and has recently been posted to a resource website for the KABC. If you are interested in viewing this interview, please click on the link below:
Recent Funding Received
- RO1 HD073296 (Boivin, Fowler) 08/01/2012 07/30/2017
Developmental and Growth Outcomes for ARV Exposed HIV Uninfected African Children.
- R03HD070723 (Boivin, Bass) 03/01/2013 02/30/2017
Type 3 Supplemental Grant: Enhancing Ugandan HIV-affected child development with caregiver training.
- R01HD070723 (Boivin, Bass) 08/01/11 07/31/16
Enhancing Ugandan HIV-affected child development with caregiver training.
- D43TW009082 (John) 06/01/11 - 05/31/16
Research training in infection and neurodevelopment in Uganda.
- R01HD064416 (Boivin, Nakasujja) 04/01/2011-03/31/2016
Computerized cognitive rehabilitation in children after severe malaria.
- R01ES019841 (Tshala-Katumbay) 04/01/2011-03/31/2016
Toxicodietary and genetic determinants of susceptibility to neurodegeneration.
- R34MH084782 (Boivin) 03/01/2010 02/28/2014.
Neuropsychological Benefits of Cognitive Training in Ugandan HIV Children.
- MSU Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI) (Boivin) 09/01/2012 08/21/2014
Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies $60,000
Neuropsychological Benefits of Cognitive Training in Ugandan and Kenyan HIV Children.
- University of Michigan Global Reach Faculty-Mentored Structured Summer Overseas Projects for Medical Students.
(Giordani, Boivin) 06/01/2010-8/31/2013
Cognitive Rehabilitation with HIV positive Children in Uganda.
- RO1NS055349 (John) 5/01/2008-4/30/2013
Pathogenesis of Cognitive/neurologic Deficits in Central Nervous System Malaria (Uganda).
- U01HD064698 (John) 10/01/2009 01/30/2014
Acute vs. Delayed Iron Therapy: Effect on Iron Status, Anemia and Cognition.
Role: Other Significant Contributor
- UM1 AI068632 (Boivin) 06/01/2012 05/31/2015
A Longitudinal Developmental and Neuropsychological Assessment of the P1060 Clinical Trial Cohorts and HIV-uninfected Controls.
Role: Protocol Chair
- R01HD074261 (Butler) 08/01/2012 06/30/2016
Comparative Effectiveness of Pediatric HIV Disclosure Interventions in Uganda.
- R01HD071664 (van der Kouwe, Willem, Meintje, Laughton) 09/01/11-06/30/16
Longitudinal Neuroimaging and Cognitive Study of HIV-Infected Children.
- R21MH097115 (Huang) 3/01/2013-2/30/2015
Disseminating a School Based Child Mental Health Prevention Program in Uganda.
- R34MH082663 (Boivin) 4/01/2008-2/28/2012
Cognitive and psychosocial benefits of caregiver training in Ugandan HIV children.
- Templeton Advanced Research Program (Boivin) 6/01/2006-11/28/2010
Breast cancer disease and treatment: modeling the relationships among spiritual and emotional well-being, quality of life, neuropsychological function, and immunological resilience.
- R21HD060524 (Bodeau-Livinec) 03/01/2010 02/28/2012
Anemia in pregnancy in Benin and impact on cognitive function in childhood.
- R21MH083166 (Wong) 5/01/2008-4/30/2010
Variation in neurocognitive impairment of HIV Ugandan children by HIV subtype.
Recent Selected Publications
- Boivin, M.J., Okitundu, D., Makila-Mabe, B., Sombo, M-T., Mumba, D., Tylleskar, T., Page, C., Tamfum-Muyembe, J-J., & Tshala-Katumbay, D. (2013). Neuropsychological effects of konzo: a neuromotor disorder associated with cassava. Pediatrics, in press. (IF = 5.44).
- Boivin, M.J., Bangirana, P., Nakasujja, N., Page, C., Shohet, C., Givon, D., Bass, J., Opoka, R.O., & Klein, P. (2013). A year-long caregiver training program to improve neurocognition in preschool Ugandan children affected by HIV. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, in press. (IF = 2.14).
- Bangirana P., Menk J., John C.C., Boivin M.J., & Hodges J.S. (2013). The association between cognition and academic performance in Ugandan children surviving malaria with neurological involvement. PLoS One, in press. (IF = 5.68)
- Postels, D.G., Chimalizeni, Y.F., Mallewa, M., Boivin, M.J., & Seydel, K.B. (2013). Pediatric cerebral malaria: a scourge of Africa. Future Neurology, 8(1), 6785. (IF = 2.46)
- Tshala-Katumbay, D., Mumba, D., Okitundu, D., Kazadi, K., Banea, M., Tylleskar, T., Boivin, M.J., & Tamfum-Muyembe, J-J. (2013) Cassava food toxins, konzo disease and neurodegeneration in sub-Sahara Africans. Neurology, in press. (IF = 8.31).
- Joseph, J., Achim, C., Boivin, M., Brew, B., Clifford, D., Colosi, D., Ellis, R., Heaton, R., Gallo-Diop, G., Grant, I., Kanmogne, G., Kumar, K., Letendre, S., Marcotte, T., Nath, A., Pardo, C., Paul, R., Pulliam, L., Robertson, K., Royal, W., Sacktor, N., Sithinamsuwan, P., Smith, D., Valcour, V., Wigdahl, B., Wood, C., & Rausch, D., (2013). Global NeuroAIDS Roundtable. Journal of Neurovirology, in press. (IF = 2.31).
- Bergemann, T.L., Bangirana, P., Boivin, M.J., Connett, J.E., Giordani, B.J., & John, C.C. (2012). Statistical approaches to assess the effects of disease on neurocognitive function over time. Journal of Biometrics and Biostatistics, S7:016. doi:10.4172/2155-6180.S7-016. (IF = 1.50).
- Ruel, T.D., Boivin, M.J., Boal, H.E., Bangirana, P., Charlebois, E., Havlir, D.V., Rosenthal, P.J., Dorsey, G., Achan, J., Akello, C., Kamya, M.R., & Wong, J.K. (2012). Impairment of neurocognitive and motor function in HIV-infected Ugandan children with high CD4 Counts. Clinical Infectious Disease; doi: 10.1093/cid/cir1037. (IF = 8.19).
- Bangirana, P., Allebeck, P., Boivin, M.J., John, C.C., Page, C., Ehnvall, A., & Musisi, S. (2011). Cognitive rehabilitation in Ugandan children after severe malaria: effects on cognition, academic achievement and behaviour. BMC Neurology, 11:96. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2377/11/96.* (IF = 2.80).
- Bangirana, P., Musisi, S., Boivin, M.J., Ehnvall, A., John, C.C., Bergemann, T.L., & Allebeck, P. (2011). Malaria with neurological involvement in Ugandan children: effect on cognitive ability, academic achievement and behaviour. Malaria Journal 10:334; http://www.malariajournal.com/content/10/1/334.* (IF = 3.49).
- Boivin, M.J., Gladstone, M.J., Vokhiwa, M., Birbeck, G.L., Magen, J.G., Page, C., Semrud-Clikeman, M., Kauye, F., & Taylor, T.E. (2011). Developmental outcomes in Malawian children with retinopathy-confirmed cerebral malaria. Tropical Medicine & International Health, Mar;16(3):263-271. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3156.2010.02704.x. Epub 2010 Dec 8. * (IF=2.33)
- Blow, A., Swiecicki, P., Haan, P., Osuch, J., Symonds, L., Smith, S., Walsh, K., & Boivin, M. (2011). From an out of the blue diagnosis to acceptance/peace: the emotional journey of women experiencing a breast abnormality. Qualitative Health Research, 21. 10 (Oct 2011): 1316-1334.* (IF = 1.66)
- Boivin, M.J., Ruel, T.D., Boal, H.E., Bangirana, P., Cao, H., Eller, L-A., Charlebois, E., Havlir, D.V., Kamya, M.R., Achan, J., Akello, C., & Wong, J.K. (2010). HIV Subtype A is associated with poorer neuropsychological performance compared to subtype D in ART-naοve Ugandan children. AIDS. 24(8):1163-1170, May 15, 2010.* (IF = 5.84)
- Boivin, M.J., Busman, R.A., Parikh, S.M., Bangirana, P., Page, C.F., Opoka, R.O., & Giordani, B. (2010). A pilot study of the neuropsychological benefits of computerized cognitive rehabilitation in Ugandan children with HIV. Neuropsychology, Vol. 24(5), 667673.* (IF = 2.99)
- Boivin, M.J., Ryan, K.A., , Aldridge, K.A., & Giordani, B. (2011). Transfer-of-learning effect with the Tactual Performance Test using familiar and unfamiliar shapes with American, Lao, and Senegalese Children. Developmental Neuropsychology, 36:1 (in press).* (IF = 1.96)
- Boivin, M.J., Bangirana, P., & Smith, R.C. (2010). The relationship between visual-spatial and auditory-verbal working memory span in Senegalese and Ugandan children. PLoS ONE, 5(1):e8914. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008914.* (IF = 5.68)
Recent Honors and Awards Information
- 2005, Health Prize winner in 1st annual Science and Religion Contest, Science & Theology News, Essay on research project entitled "Responding as whole persons in the face of life-threatening disease: Emotional and spiritual well-being, quality of life, neuropsychological function, and immunological resilience."
- 2003-2004, Fulbright African Regional Research Award, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars and U.S. Dept. of State, Makerere University Kampala, Uganda, Recipient for the study of the neuropsychological effects of early cerebral malaria in children.
- 2001-1998, Fellow, John Templeton Oxford Seminar on Science and Christianity, John Templeton Foundation and the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, Oxford University, Wycliffe Hall.