Michael Boyle

Dr. Michael Boyle has made important contributions to child health, from influencing government health policy to increasing the efficiency and validity of epidemiological research on children.

Dr. Boyle is best known for the Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS), the first large-scale observational study of children and families ever conducted in Canada. This Ontario-wide epidemiological study set the methodological standards for conducting studies in the community, and has influenced the allocation of resources and health services by highlighting the scale of mental health problems in children. Follow-up studies to the OCHS were conducted in 1987 and 2000. A more comprehensive sequel, the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study, has been funded and will begin in fall 2014.

In 2009, Dr. Boyle was awarded the Michael Smith Prize for Health Research by CIHR for his high degree of innovation, creativity, leadership and dedication in health research.

Dr. Boyle was Director of the Offord Centre for Child studies in late 2013 to 2016.

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.

Current Activities

  • 2014 Ontario Child Health Study – examining the mental health and functioning of 10,530 children in families and neighbourhoods across Ontario
  • 2014 Ontario Child Health Study School Mental Health Surveys – a component of the larger 2014 OCHS that will enlist schools across Ontario to study school-level influences on student mental health


  • Georgiades K, Boylan K, Duncan L, Wang L, Colman I, Rhodes AE, Bennett K, Comeau J, Manion I, Boyle MHPrevalence and Correlates of Youth Suicidal Ideation and Attempts: Evidence from the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study. Can J Psychiatry2019 Apr;64(4):265-274doi: 10.1177/0706743719830031. PubMed PMID: 30978144; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6463356.
  • Boyle MH, Georgiades K, Duncan L, Wang L, Comeau J. Poverty, Neighbourhood Antisocial Behaviour, and Children's Mental Health Problems: Findings from the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study. Can J Psychiatry2019 Apr;64(4):285-293doi: 10.1177/0706743719830027. PubMed PMID: 30978142; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6463363.
  • Boyle MH, Duncan L, Georgiades K, Comeau J, Reid GJ, O'Briain W, Lampard R, Waddell C. Tracking Children's Mental Health in the 21st Century: Lessons from the 2014 OCHS. Can J Psychiatry2019 Apr;64(4):232-236doi: 10.1177/0706743719830025. PubMed PMID: 30978140; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6463360.
  • Boyle MH, Georgiades K, Duncan L, Comeau J, Wang L. The 2014 Ontario Child Health Study-Methodology. Can J Psychiatry2019 Apr;64(4):237-245doi: 10.1177/0706743719833675. PubMed PMID: 30978137; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6463362.
  • Kyu HH, Shannon HS, Georgiades K, Boyle MH. Caesarean delivery and neonatal mortality rates in 46 low- and middle-income countries: a propensity-score matching and meta-analysis of Demographic and Health Survey data. International Journal of Epidemiology, 2013; 42(3): 781-91.
  • Boyle, MH, Cunningham, CE, Georgiades, K, Cullen, J, Racine, Y, & Pettingill, P. The Brief Child and Family Phone Interview (BCFPI): 2. Usefulness in screening for child and adolescent psychopathology. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2009; 50(4): 424-431.
  • 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.

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Research Interests

  • Determinants of child health
  • Measurement of childhood psychopathology
  • Research study design

Education, Memberships & Certifications

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