Christopher Boys, PhD, LP

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Christopher Boys

Contact Info

Office Address:
Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience
Riverside Professional Building
606 24th Ave S
5th floor, Suite 550-6
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Mailing Address:
Pediatric Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience
RPB550 - 8961B
2450 Riverside Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology, University of Minnesota Medical school, Minneapolis, MN

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology/Pediatric Neuropsychology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

PhD, Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA


Dr. Boys is Director of the Division of Clinical Neurosciences and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist who completed his PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He also completed his clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

His current clinical interests include: neuropsychological assessment of learning disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders, psychological aspects of and adjustment to chronic medical illness (e.g.cystic fibrosis, diabetes, PKU); developing adherence and self-care in children/adolescents with chronic illness, consultation within health care settings; behavioral and developmental disorders (e.g., language impairments, dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder); and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Research interests include: neurodevelopmental outcome of high risk and premature neonates; investigating the neuropsychological profile of early and continuously treated phenylketonuria; investigating neurocognitive and executive functions in Muscular Dystrophy and Myotonic Dystrophy; and developing a novel model of coordinated school healthcare for medically fragile and chronically ill children.

Dr. Boys is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the National Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Boys is a member of the Training Committee for the University of Minnesota Medical School Psychology Internship Training program.

Dr. Boys is currently involved with the following clinics:

  • Pediatric Specialty Clinic
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Follow-up Clinic
  • Metabolic Disorders Follow-up Clinic
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU) Follow-Up Clinic
  • Lion’s Hearing Clinic (Cochlear Implant Evaluations)
  • Diabetes Clinic
  • Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
  • Pediatric Weight Management Clinic


Research Summary/Interests

  • Care models for chronically ill children


  • Sarafoglou, K., Redlinger, K., Boys, C., Charnas, L., Otten, N., Broock, R., Nyhan, W. (2010). Lesch-Nyhan Variant Syndrome: Variable Presentation in 3 Affected Family members. Arch Neurol, 67(6), 761-764.
  • Pylipow, M, Spector, L., Puumala, S., Boys, C., Cohen, J., Georgieff., M. (2009). Early postnatal weight gain, intellectual performance, and body mass index (BMI) at 7 years of age in term infants with intrauterine growth-restriction (IUGR). Journal of Pediatrics, 154). 201-206.
  • Boys, C., Ternand, C. (2006). Psychological Issues in Diabetes: Transitioning from Parent-managed Care to a Shared-Care Approach. On the Cutting Edge, 91(2), 58-63.


Clinical Interests

Multispecialty consultation

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital