Martha M. Vibbert, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Martha Vibbert


Dr. Vibbert is Director of the SPARK Center, a community program of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center. She is a licensed clinical psychologist whose clinical and research interests focus on the neurodevelopmental sequelae of chronic illness in childhood; behavioral and emotional complications of HIV/AIDS; and parent-infant mental health. Dr. Vibbert collaborates with international partners on various ‘knowledge exchange’ and intervention projects related to HIV/AIDS and vulnerable children in under-resourced countries.

Other Positions

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Active Staff Privileges, Psychiatry, Boston Medical Center


  • New York University, PhD
  • New York University, MA
  • Harvard University, EdM
  • Connecticut College, BA


  • Published on 11/13/2018

    Rose-Jacobs R, Trevino-Talbot M, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Cabral HJ, Vibbert M, Saia K, Wachman EM. Could prenatal food insecurity influence neonatal abstinence syndrome severity? Addiction. 2019 Feb; 114(2):337-343. PMID: 30422365.

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  • Published on 5/26/2018

    Nelson AK, Miller AC, Munoz M, Rumaldo N, Kammerer B, Vibbert M, Lundy S, Soplapuco G, Lecca L, Condeso A, Valdivia Y, Atwood SA, Shin SS. CASITA: a controlled pilot study of community-based family coaching to stimulate early child development in Lima, Peru. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2018; 2(1):e000268. PMID: 29862331.

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  • Published on 7/8/2016

    Muñoz M, Nelson A, Johnson M, Godoy N, Serrano E, Chagua E, Valdivia J, Santacruz J, Wong M, Kolevic L, Kammerer B, Vega C, Vibbert M, Lundy S, Shin S. Community-Based Needs Assessment of Neurodevelopment, Caregiver, and Home Environment Factors in Young Children Affected by HIV in Lima, Peru. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2017 Mar/Apr; 16(2):161-167. PMID: 26917559.

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  • Published on 6/1/2012

    de Vinck-Baroody O, Weitzman C, Vibbert M, Augustyn M. Disclosure of diagnosis: to tell or not to tell? J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2012 Jun; 33(5):441-3. PMID: 22580736.

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  • Published on 12/1/1995

    Chiriboga CA, Vibbert M, Malouf R, Suarez MS, Abrams EJ, Heagarty MC, Brust JC, Hauser WA. Neurological correlates of fetal cocaine exposure: transient hypertonia of infancy and early childhood. Pediatrics. 1995 Dec; 96(6):1070-7. PMID: 7491223.

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  • Published on 8/1/1995

    Chase C, Vibbert M, Pelton SI, Coulter DL, Cabral H. Early neurodevelopmental growth in children with vertically transmitted human immunodeficiency virus infection. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995 Aug; 149(8):850-5. PMID: 7543334.

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  • Published on 8/1/1986

    Kuchuk A, Vibbert M, Bornstein MH. The perception of smiling and its experiential correlates in three-month-old infants. Child Dev. 1986 Aug; 57(4):1054-61. PMID: 3757600.

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