Michael Behen, PhD

Michael Behen, PhD

Michael Behen, PhD

Narrative Bio

Michael E. Behen, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist/neuroscientist in the Translational Imaging Center at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Behen's research and clinical interests include the neurocognitive, behavioral, and imaging correlates of early social deprivation, Tourette Syndrome, and developmental and psychiatric disorders. His work is currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Links of Interest

Dr. Behen's research and clinical interests include the neurocognitive, behavorial, and imaging correlates of early social deprivation, Tourette Syndrome, and developmental disorders.


University of Michigan, Dearborn, B.A., 1990


Wayne State University, Ph.D., Psychology (Clinical), 2004

Position Title

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology


Children's Center of Wayne County, 1993-1996


neuropsychology, pediatric-program


Children's Hospital of Michigan-PET Center/Pediatrics, 2004-2006

Prior Appointments

PH Group Home - Program Director, 1985-1991


Functional and structural correlates of early severe social deprivation, etiological factors and psychological and neurologic correlates of developmental disabilities.


Behen ME, Muzik O, Saporta ASD, Wilson BJ, Pai D, Hua J and Chugani HT. Abnormal fronto-striatal connectivity in children with histories of early deprivation: A diffusion tensor imaging study. Brain Imaging & Behavior, submitted.

Makki M, Behen ME, Bhatt A, Wilson B, Chugani HT. Abnormal fiber integrity of striato-thalamic structures in children with Tourette's Syndrome. Movement Disorders. 2008 (in press).

Behen ME, Geenen E, Rothermel R, Muzik O, Chugani HT. Incidence of specific absolute neurocognitive impairment in a sample of children with histories of early severe social deprivation. Child Neuropsychology, 14, 453-69. 2008.

Govindan RM, Behen ME, Helder E, Makki M, Chugani HT.Altered diffusivity in cortical association tracts in children with early deprivation identified with Tract-based Spatial Statistics (TBSS). Cerebral Cortex, 2008 (submitted).

Batista CEA, Chugani HT, Hu J, Haacke EM, Behen ME, Helder EJ, Juhasz C. Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging Detects Abnormalities in Normal-Appearing Frontal Lobe of Patients With Sturge-Weber Syndrome. J Neuroimaging, 18:306-313, 2008.

Sundaram, SK, Kumar, A, Makki, M, Behen, ME, Chugani, HT, Chugani, DC. Diffusion Tensor Imaging of Frontal Lobe in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Cerebral Cortex, (in press). 2008.

Sundaram SK; Sivaswamy L, Makki M, Behen ME and Chugani HT, MD. Absence of Arcuate Fasciculus in Children with Developmental Delay of Unknown Etiology: A Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study. Journal of Pediatrics. 152: 250-5, 2008.

Govindan RM, Chugani HT, Makki M, Behen ME, Dornbush J, SoodS. Diffusion tensor imaging of brain plasticity after occipital lobectomy. Pediatr Neurol. 38:27-33, 2008.

Behen ME,.Chugani HT, Juhasz C, Helder E*, Ho A, Maqbool M, Muzik O. Abnormal Brain Tryptophan Metabolism and Clinical Correlates in Tourette Syndrome. Movement Disorders. 22: 2256-62, 2007.

Behen ME,Muzik, O, Helder E*, Rothermel R, Perry J*, Chugani HT. Preliminary validation of a subclassification scheme for children with Tourette's Syndrome based on comorbid symptoms. Submitted, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 2007.

Juhasz C, Haacke M, Hu J, Xuan Y, Makki M, Behen ME, Maqbool M, Muzik O, Chugani DC, Chugani HT. Multimodality imaging of cortical and white matter abnormalities in Sturge-Weber syndrome. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 28: 900-6, 2007.
Chugani HT, Juhasz C, Behen ME, Ondersma R, Muzik O. Autism with facial port-wine stain: a new syndrome? Pediatr Neurol. 37:192-199, 2007.

Batista CEA, Chugani HT, Juhasz C, Behen ME, Shankaran S. Transient hypermetabolism of the basal ganglia following perinatal hypoxia. Ped Neurol. 36: 330-3, 2007.

Juhasz C, Lai C, Behen ME, Muzik O, Helder EJ*, Chugani DC, Chugani HT. White matter volume is a major predictor of cognitive function in Sturge-Weber syndrome. Arch Neurol. 64:1169-74, 2007.

Eluvathingal T, Chugani HT, Behen ME, Juhasz C, Muzik O, Maqbool M, Chugani DC, Makki M. Abnormal brain connectivity in children following early severe socio-emotional deprivation: a diffusion tensor imaging study. Pediatrics. 117:2093-100, 2006.

Eluvathingal TJ, Behen ME, Chugani DC, Janisse J, Bernardi B, Chakraborty P, Juhasz C, Muzik O, Chugani HT. (2006). Cerebellar lesions in tuberous sclerosis complex: neurobehavioral and neuroimaging correlates. J Child Neurol. 846-51, 2006.

Chandana S, Behen ME, Rothermel R, Juhasz C, Muzik O, Chugani, HT, Chugani DC. Significance of abnormalities of developmental trajectory and asymmetry of cortical serotonin synthesis in autism. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience. 23: 171-82, 2005.

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