Katrina Boyer PhD

Katrina Boyer, Ph.D.

Neuropsychologist; Director, Neuropsychology of Epilepsy Program

Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

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"From a young age I knew that I would be involved in a profession directly helping others."

Medical Services


  • Epilepsy


  • Neurology


  • English


  • Epilepsy Center
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome Clinic
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Katrina Boyer PhD

My approach to pediatric neuropsychology is solidly grounded in the Developmental Systems Model of Neuropsychology in which the developing brain of the child is conceptualized as nested within a series of systems (family, community, biological) that influence development. 

The child’s behavior also alters these systems; this dynamic interchange outlines the neurodevelopmental process determining function up to the present time and identifies factors that can be harnessed as agents of change in future stages of development.  History is gathered from informants about environments, relationships, behavior and development to date and detailed medical history is interwoven with the social system.

Why I entered medicine: From a young age I knew that I would be involved in a profession directly helping others. Through studies, I became intrigued by the brain and the neural basis of emotions, perception and behavior. The development of these neural systems throughout childhood and the influence of social advantage and adversity on developmental outcome captured my fascination and led me toward the path of pediatric neuropsychology.

Experience and Education


Undergraduate Dregree

California State University, 1995

Rohnert Park, CA

Graduate School - Masters in Clinical Psychology

California School of Professional Psychology, 1998

San Diego, CA

Graduate School - PhD in Clinical Psychology

California School of Professional Psychology, 2002

San Diego, CA


Children's Hospital Los Angeles, University of Southern California, 2001

Los Angeles, CA


Columbus Children's Hospital, The Ohio State University, 2003

Columbus, OH


  • Psychology

Professional History

For the last 12 years I have developed the Neuropsychology of Epilepsy Program within the Epilepsy Center at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). I was the first neuropsychologist hired into the Epilepsy Center and Department of Neurology. I blazed a trail, building a clinical and research program from the ground up. Demand for neuropsychology services for epilepsy patients increased over time and six years ago I was able to recruit and hire a second neuropsychologist to work under my direction while simultaneously training two fellows per year and providing educational instruction throughout the Harvard Medical School system. We have recently hired a third neuropsychologist and will increase research collaborations and clinical capacity.

My research has focused on the behavioral and cognitive developmental disruption of interictal epileptiform discharges in patients with benign rolandic epilepsy as well as neuropsychological outcome of pediatric epilepsy surgery. I am fascinated by questions about disease mechanisms that effect development and designing research methods to bring us closer to answering these questions and ultimately helping children with these conditions thrive in their development. It is an exciting time to work in fields that intersect developmental neuroscience as it moves towards an appreciation of functional brain systems.


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  1. Vega C, Brenner LA, Madsen J, Bourgeois B, Waber DP, Boyer K. Lexical retrieval pre- and posttemporal lobe epilepsy surgery in a pediatric sample. Epilepsy Behav. 2015 Jan; 42:61-5.
  2. Suarez RO, Taimouri V, Boyer K, Vega C, Rotenberg A, Madsen JR, Loddenkemper T, Duffy FH, Prabhu SP, Warfield SK. Passive fMRI mapping of language function for pediatric epilepsy surgical planning: validation using Wada, ECS, and FMAER. Epilepsy Res. 2014 Dec; 108(10):1874-88.
  3. Kuriakose S, Lang R, Boyer K, Lee A, Lancioni G. Rehabilitation issues in Landau-Kleffner syndrome. Dev Neurorehabil. 2012; 15(5):317-21.
  4. Sarco DP, Boyer K, Lundy-Krigbaum SM, Takeoka M, Jensen F, Gregas M, Waber DP. Benign rolandic epileptiform discharges are associated with mood and behavior problems. Epilepsy Behav. 2011 Oct; 22(2):298-303.
  5. Vendrame M, Alexopoulos AV, Boyer K, Gregas M, Haut J, Lineweaver T, Wyllie E, Loddenkemper T. Longer duration of epilepsy and earlier age at epilepsy onset correlate with impaired cognitive development in infancy. Epilepsy Behav. 2009 Nov; 16(3):431-5.
  6. Bodin D, Beetar JT, Yeates KO, Boyer K, Colvin AN, Mangeot S. A survey of parent satisfaction with pediatric neuropsychological evaluations. Clin Neuropsychol. 2007 Dec; 21(6):884-98.
  7. Gonzalez-Heydrich J, Dodds A, Whitney J, MacMillan C, Waber D, Faraone SV, Boyer K, Mrakotsky C, DeMaso D, Bourgeois B, Biederman J. Psychiatric disorders and behavioral characteristics of pediatric patients with both epilepsy and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Epilepsy Behav. 2007 May; 10(3):384-8.
  8. Gonzalez-Heydrich J, Dodds A, Whitney J, MacMillan C, Waber D, Faraone SV, Boyer K, Mrakotsky C, DeMaso D, Bourgeois B, Biederman J . Psychiatric Disorders and Behavioral Characteristics of Pediatric Patients with Epilepsy and ADHD. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2007; in press.
  9. Bodin D, Beetar JT, Yeates KO, Boyer K, Colvin A N, Mangeot S . A Survey of Parent Satisfaction With Pediatric Neuropsychological Evaluations. The Clinical Neuropsychologist . 2007; in press.
  10. Boyer KM, Yeates KO, Enrile BG. Working memory and information processing speed in children with myelomeningocele and shunted hydrocephalus: analysis of the children's paced auditory serial addition test. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2006 May; 12(3):305-13.
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  12. Rao S, Boyer K, Bergin A, Madsen J, MacMillan C, Korndörfer S, Mrakotsky C, DeMaso D, Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich J. Behavioral and Emotional Functioning in Patients with Epilepsy Treated with Vagal Nerve Stimulator: A Naturalistic Follow-Up Study. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2006.
  13. Boyer K, Maillard-Wermelinger A, Black P, Riviello J . Improved Neuropsychological Function Following Resection of Hypothalamic Hamartoma: 3 Case Studies. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2006.
  14. Boyer KM, Lincoln A, Foster SL. The Influency of Working Memory Load on Matching Law Performance in Nine to Twelve Year Old Children. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2003.
  15. Katrina M. Boyer, Ph.D. The Influence of Working Memory Load on Matching Law Performance in Nine to Twelve Year Old Children. 2001.
  16. McLeod JS, Boyer KM, Ouchi BY, Cole JC, Callaghan RL. Exploring effects of different pictorial stimuli on written expression. Psychol Rep. 1999 Jun; 84(3 Pt 2):1225-34.
  17. Boyer KM, Papierniak CK, Gadzala CA, Parvin JD, Gotoff SP. Transplacental passage of IgG antibody to group B streptococcus serotype Ia. J Pediatr. 1984 Apr; 104(4):618-20.
  18. Vogel LC, Boyer KM, Gotoff SP, Kasper DL, Baker CJ. Comparison of assays for antibody to group B Streptococcus, type III. J Infect Dis. 1980 Apr; 141(4):530.
  19. McIntosh K, Foy H, Modlin JF, Boyer KM, Hilman BC, Gross PA. Multicenter two-dose trials of bivalent influenza A vaccines in asthmatic children aged six to 18 years. J Infect Dis. 1977 Dec; 136 Suppl:S645-7.
  20. Hall CB, Modlin JF, Hilman BC, Boyer KM, Cherry JD, Lauer BA, Lerman SJ, McIntosh K, Gross PA, Baucum R. Response of children with cardiac disease to the bivalent influenza A vaccines. J Infect Dis. 1977 Dec; 136 Suppl:S632-7.
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