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Marla Mickleborough Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Faculty Member in Psychology and Health Studies

Arts 177

Research Area(s)

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Visual Spatial Attention
  • Migraine and headache
  • Concussion
  • Neuroimaging (fMRI, ERP, DTI)


Neudorf, J., Kress. S., Gould, L., Gibb, K., Mickleborough, M., & Borowsky, R. (2020).  Language lateralization differences between left and right temporal epilepsy as measured by overt word reading fMRI activation and DTI structural connectivity.  Epilepsy & Behavior, 112, 1-9. doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2020.107467

Hernandez-Ronquillo, L., Miranzadeh Mahabadi, H., Moien-Afshari, F., Wu, A., Auer, R., Zherebitskiy, V., Borowsky, R., Mickleborough, M., Huntsman, R., Vrbancic, M., Cayabyab, F.S., Taghibiglou, C., Carter, A., Tellez-Zenteno, J.F. (2020). The Concept of an Epilepsy Brain Bank. Frontiers in Neurology, 11, 833. DOI=10.3389/fneur.2020.00833

Krieglar C., Cruz, M.T., Sun, G., Friedrich, T.E., Elias, L.J., & *Mickleborough, M.J.S. (2020). Evidence for abnormal visuospatial attentional processes in the interictal migraineur. Laterality.  DOI: 10.1080/1357650X.2020.1776311.

Ekstrand, C., Neudorf, J., Gould, L., Mickleborough, M., & *Borowsky, R. (2019). Where words and space collide: The overlapping neural activation of lexical and sublexical reading with voluntary and reflexive spatial attention. Brain Research, 1706, 1-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.brainres.2018.10.022

Gould, L., Ekstrand, C., Fourney, D.R., Mickleborough, M.J.S., Ellchuk, T., & *Borowsky, R. (2018). The effect of tumor neovasculature on functional magnetic resonance imaging blood oxygen level–dependent activation. World Neurosurgery, 115, 373-383.

Gould, L., Mickleborough, M., Lorentz, E., Ekstrand, C., & *Borowsky, R. (2018). A behavioral and fMRI examination of the effect of rhythm on reading noun-verb homographs aloud. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 33(7): 829-849.

Gould, L., Kelly, M. E., Mickleborough, M., Ekstrand, C., Brymer, K., Ellchuk, T., & Borowsky, R. (2017). Reorganized neural activation in motor cortex following subdural fluid collection: an fMRI and DTI study. Neurocase, 23(5-6):  292-303.

Ekstrand, C., Neudorf, J., Lorentz, E., Gould, L., Mickleborough, M., & *Borowsky, R. (2017). More than a feeling: the bidirectional convergence of semantic visual object and somatosensory processing. Acta Psychologica, 181: 1-9.

Gould, L., Mickleborough, M., Ekstrand, C., Lorentz, E., & *Borowsky, R. (2017). Examining the neuroanatomical and the behavioural basis of the effect of basic rhythm on reading aloud. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 32(6): 724-742.

Ekstrand, C., Gould, L., Mickleborough, M., Lorentz, E., & *Borowsky, R. (2016). When words and space collide: spatial attention interacts with lexical access during word recognition. Visual Cognition, 24(3): 284-291.

Ekstrand, C., *Mickleborough, M.J.S., Fourney, D., Gould, L., Lorentz, E., Ellchuck, T., & Borowsky, R. (2016). Pre-surgical integration of fMRI and DTI of the sensorimotor system in transcortical resection of a high-grade insular astrocytoma. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 10:15, doi: 10.3389/fnint.2016.00015.

Gould, L., *Mickleborough, M.J.S., Wu, A., Tellez, J., Ekstrand, C., Lorentz, E., Ellchuck, T., Babyn, P., & Borowsky, R. (2016). Pre-surgical language mapping in epilepsy: using fMRI of reading to identify functional reorganization in a patient with long-standing temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports, 5: 6-10. doi:10.1016/j.ebcr.2015.10.003.

Mickleborough, M., Ekstrand, C., Gould, L., Lorentz, E.J., Ellchuk, T., Babyn, P., & Borowsky, R. (2016). Attentional network differences between migraineurs and non-migraine controls: fMRI evidence. Brain Topography, 29(3): 419-428. doi:10.1007/s10548-015-0459-x

Lorentz, E., Gould, L., Mickleborough, M., Ekstrand, C., Boyer, M., Cheesman, J., & Borowsky, R.  (2015). All in one fell stroop:  Examining consciousness thresholds with a multiple response paradigm. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2(2), 111-133. 
Kam, J., Mickleborough, M.J.S., Eades, C., & Handy, T.C. (2015). Migraine and attention to visual events during mind wandering. Experimental Brain Research, 233(5), 1503-1510. 
Mickleborough, M.J.S., Kelly, M. E., Gould, L.A., Ekstrand, C., Lorentz, E., Ellchuk, T., Babyn, P., & Borowsky, R.  (2015). Inclusion of attentional networks in the pre-surgical neuroimaging assessment of a large deep hemispheric cavernous malformation:  an fMRI Case Report. Cerebrovascular Diseases, 39, 202-208. 
Mickleborough, M.J.S., Chapman, C.M., Toma, A.S., Chan, J.H.M., & Handy, T.C. (2014).  Cognitive processing of visual images in migraine populations in between headache attacks. Brain Research, 1582, 167-175.  
Mickleborough, M. (2014). Book review of EEG methods for the psychological sciences. British Journal of Psychology, 105(3), 438-439.
Mickleborough, M.J.S., Chapman, C.M., Toma, A.S., Chan, J.H.M., Truong, G., & Handy, T.C. (2013). Interictal neurocognitive processing of visual stimuli in migraine: Evidence from event-related potentials. PLOS ONE, 8(11): e80920. Doi:10.1271/journal.pone.0080920. 
Mickleborough, M.J.S., Hayward, J., Chapman, C., Chung, J., & Handy,
T. C. (2011).  Reflexive attentional orienting in migraineurs: the behavioral implications of hyperexcitable visual cortex.  Cephalalgia, 31, 1642-1651.
Mickleborough, M.J.S., Truong, G., & Handy, T. C.  (2011).  Top-down attentional control of visual cortex in migraine populations.  Neuropsychologia, 49, 1006-1015.
Mickleborough, M.J.S., Daniels, J.K., Coupland, N.J., Kao, R., Williamson, P.C., Lanius, U.F., Hegadoren, K., Schore, A., Densmore, M., Stevens, T., & Lanius, R.A.  (2011).  The effects of trauma-related cues on pain processing in posttraumatic stress disorder: an fMRI investigation.  Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 36, 6-14.
Handy, T. C., Nagamatsu, L., Mickleborough, M., & Liu-Ambrose, T. Y. L.  (2009). Statistical strategies for translational ERP studies.  In T. C. Handy (Ed.). Brain Signal Analysis: Advances in Bioelectric and Biomagnetic Methods (pp. 225-247). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 

Teaching & Supervision

HLST 110 - Introduction to Health Studies

HLST 210 - Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods in Health Studies

PSY 253 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology


cognitive neuroscience concussion fMRI migraine neuroimaging visual spatial attention

Education & Training

PhD (Neuroscience), University of British Columbia

MSc (Neuroscience), University of Western Ontario

BA (Psychology), University of Saskatchewan