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Michael Boyle


Dr. Boyle's research interests are in four areas; determinants of child health, particularly the interplay between neighbourhood, familial and individual-level characteristics; health status measurement in children, particularly the classification and measurement of childhood psychopathology; research study design, particularly issues of sample selection, attrition and the generalizability of study findings across diverse samples; and statistical analysis, particularly the use of structural equation models, multilevel modelling and growth curve analysis.

He has participated in several large scale studies. Some of these studies include the Ontario Child Health Study; a province-wide survey in 1983 with follow-ups in 1987 and 2001 of 3294 children aged 4-to 16 years; the Ontario Health Survey Supplement, a province-wide survey (1990-91) of psychiatric disorder among 9953 adults aged 15 years and older; Helping Children Adjust - a Tri-Ministry Study; a prevention trial done between 1991 and 1996 in 60 Ontario schools designed to evaluate the effectiveness of school-based interventions to reduce aggressive/disruptive behaviour among young children (grades JK to 3); and the Community Action Program for Children: a national evaluation of community-based programs for children at risk for poor development. At the present time, much of his research is devoted to the investigation of questions that can be addressed by existing data bases such as the ones above and including the National Longitudinal Study of Children and Youth.

Featured Publications

  • Boyle MH, Georgiades K, Racine Y & Mustard C.  Neighbourhood and family influences on educational attainment: Results from the Ontario Child Health Study follow-up 2001.  Child Development, 2007; 78(1): 168-189.
  • Boyle MH, Racine Y, Georgiades K, Snelling D, Hong S, Omariba W, Hurly P & Rao-Melacini P. The influence of economic development level, household wealth and maternal education on child health in the developing world.Social Science and Medicine , 2006; 63(8): 2242-2254.
  • Tang B, Jamieson E, Boyle M, Libby A, Gafni A & MacMillan H. The influence of child abuse on the pattern of expenditures in women's adult health service utilization in Ontario , Canada . Social Science and Medicine , 2006; 63(7): 1711-1719.
  • Saigal S, Stoskopf B, Streiner D, Boyle M, Pinelli J, Paneth N & Goddeeris J. Transition of extremely low-birth-weight infants from adolescence to young adulthood: Comparison with normal birth-weight controls. JAMA , 2006; 295(6): 667-675.
  • Georgiades K, Boyle MH, Duku E & Racine Y. Tobacco use among immigrant and nonimmigrant adolescents: individual and family level influences. Journal of Adolescent Health , 2006; 38: 443.e1-443.e7.
  • Lach LM, Ronen GM, Rosenbaum PL, Cunningham C, Boyle MH, Bowman S & Streiner DL. Health-related quality of life in youth with epilepsy: Theoretical model for clinicians and researchers. Part I: The role of epilepsy and co-morbidity. Quality of Life Research , 2006; 15(7): 1161-1171.
  • Sanford M, Boyle M, McCleary L, Miller J, Steele M, Duku E & Offord D. A pilot study of adjunctive family psychoeducation in adolescent major depression: Feasibility and treatment effect. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry , 2006; 45(4): 386-495.
  • Snelling D, Omariba DWR, Hong S, Georiades K, Racine Y & Boyle M. HIV/AIDS knowledge, women's education, epidemic severity and protective sexual behaviour in low and middle income countries. Journal of Biosocial Science, 2006; July 20; 1-22.
  • Corrigan PW, Larson JE, Watson AC, Boyle M & Barr L. Solutions to discrimination in work and housing identified by people with mental illness. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease , 2006; 194(9): 716-718.
  • Mustard CA , Kalcevich C, Frank JW & Boyle M. Childhood and early adult predictors of risk of incident back pain: Ontario Child Health Study 2001 follow-up. American Journal of Epidemiology , 2005; 162(8):779-786.
  • Shin K, Schaffer A, Levitt AJ & Boyle MH. Seasonality in a community sample of bipolar, unipolar and control subjects. Journal of Affective Disorders , 2005, 86(1):19-25.
  • Boyle MH, Jenkins JM, Georgiades K, Cairney J, Duku E & Racine YA. Differential parenting: Estimating within and between family effects. Child Development, 2004; 75:1457-1476.
  • Cairney J & Boyle MH. Home ownership, mortgages and psychological distress. Housing Studies, 2004; 19:161-174.
  • Cairney J, Boyle MH, Lipman EL & Racine Y. Single mothers and the use of professionals for mental health care reasons. Social Sciences and Medicine, 2004; 59(12): 2535-2546.

Clinical and Research Interests

He is co-principal investigator with Dr. Jennifer Jenkins (Professor and Program Chair, Developmental Psychology and Education at the University of Toronto) on a recently funded study: Transactional Processes in the Development of Emotional-Behavioral Regulation.: Individuals in Context, The study, supported by a CIHR grant of just over $2M, will examine the key influences of neighbourhood, family life and day care on the development of a child’s emotional well-being and social functioning, as well as how these factors interact with one another, and how different children can be affected in different ways by such influences. The sample will include a higher proportion of children from disadvantaged families (low-income and lone-parent, mother-led families) in an attempt to pinpoint the relative effects of these variables on child health and development, as well as some of the neighbourhood and family processes that can foster or damage healthy development.


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • M.Sc., McMaster University
  • M.S.W., University of Toronto


Research Areas

Determinants of child health, measurement of childhood psychopathology, research study design

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