Michelle T. Pham

Michelle Pham


Assistant Professor

Center for Bioethics and Social Justice

Department of Medicine

  • A-134 East Fee Hall
  • (517) 355-3499
  • phammic5@msu.edu
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • PhD 2020 University of Washington


Michelle T. Pham conducts research in the interdisciplinary field of Neuroethics and connected issues in the Philosophy of Science. Some recent topics include promoting post-trial care for patient-participants in experimental brain implant studies and decision-making in the context of pediatric deep brain stimulation. Pham also researches ways to promote engagement with patient-participants who contribute to neuroscience and neurotechnology research; and she has raised the concern that patient-participants in these brain implant studies may be exploited.

Selected Publications

Pham M.T., Campbell T.A., Dorfman N.J., Torgerson L., Kostick-Quenet K., Blumenthal-Barby J., Storch E.A., Lázaro-Muñoz G. (2023) “Clinician Perspectives on Levels of Evidence and Oversight for Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Childhood OCD,” Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (39) Oct: 100830. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jocrd.2023.100830.

Merner A.R., Kostick-Quenet K., Campbell T.A., Pham M.T., Sanchez C.E., Torgerson L., Robinson J., Pereira S, Outram S, Koenig B.A., Starr P.A., Gunduz A., Foote K.D., Okun M.S., Goodman W., McGuire A.L., Zuk P., Lázaro- Muñoz G. (2023) “Participants’ Perceptions of Changes in Psychological Domains Following Deep Brain Stimulation,” Brain Stimulation 16(4): 990-998. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2023.06.007.

Pham M.T. and McCurdy J. (2023) “Who’s Knowledge, Who’s Liability?” AJOB Neuroscience 23(1): 41-43. https://doi.org/10.1080/15265161.2022.2146804.

Pham MT., Pouratian N., Feinsinger A. (2022) “Engagement, Exploitation, and Human Intracranial Electrophysiology Research,” Neuroethics 15, 25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12152-022-09502-1

Lázaro-Muñoz G.,* Pham MT.,* Muñoz KA., Kostick-Quenet K., Sanchez CE., Torgerson L, Robinson J, Pereira S,Outram S, Koenig BA, Starr PA, Gunduz A, Foote KD, Okun MS, Goodman W, McGuire AL, Zuk P. (2022) “Post-trial Access in Implanted Neural Device Research: Device Maintenance, Abandonment, and Cost,” Brain Stimulation 15: 1029-1036. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2022.07.051
*Co-first author

Pham, M., Sample, M., Dasgupta, I., Goering, S., and E. Klein. (2022) "Developing Ethical Guidelines for Implantable Neurotechnology: The Importance of Incorporating Stakeholder Input." Springer Handbook of Neuroengineering, edited by N. V. Thakor. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-2848-4_110-1

Pham, M. and Lázaro-Muñoz, G. (2022) “Trust in Neuroethics,” AJOB Neuroscience 13(1): 33-35.

Pham, M., Storch, E. A., Lázaro-Muñoz, G. (2021) “Testimonial Injustice: Considering Caregivers in Pediatric Behavioral Healthcare,” Journal of Medical Ethics 47: 738-739.

Goering, S., Klein, E., Specker Sullivan, L., Wexler, A., Agüera y Arcas, B., Bi, G., Carmena, J.M., Fins, J.J., Friesen, P., Gallant, J., Huggins, J.E., Kellmeyer, P., Marblestone, A., Mitchell, C., Parens, E., Pham, M., Rubel, A., Sadato, N., Teicher, M., Wasserman, D., Whittaker, M., Wolpaw, J., and Yuste, R. (2021) “Recommendations for Responsible Development and Application of Neurotechnologies,” Neuroethics: 1-22.

Pham, M., Goering, S., Sample, M., Huggins, J., and E. Klein. (2018)."Asilomar Survey: Researcher Perspectives on Ethical Guidelines for BCI Research." Brain-Computer Interfaces 5(4): 97-111.

Yuste, R., Goering, S., Bi, G., Carmena, J.M., Carter, A., Fins, J.J., Friesen, P., Gallant, J., Huggins, J.E., Illes, J., Kellmeyer, P., Klein, E., Marblestone, A., Mitchell, C., Parens, E., Pham, M., Rubel, A., Sadato, N., Sullivan, L.S., Teicher, M., Wasserman, D., Wexler, A., Whittaker, M., and Wolpaw, J. (2017) "Four Ethical Priorities for Brain-Computer Interfaces," Nature 551: 159-163.