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 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.