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Carol J. Boyd, M.S.N, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychology in LS&A

Carol J. Boyd, M.S.N, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., holds appointments as Professor in the Women's Studies Department, Research Professor in the Addiction Center, and Research Professor in the Institute for Research on Women & Gender. She has conducted mixed-method studies that use innovative technologies to examine the relationship between gender and health behaviors. Her first NIH-funded research began in Detroit examining the family relationships of female drug users; however, in 1987 she expanded her focus to include attachment within the mother-daughter relationship and its role in reproducing mothering behaviors. Dr. Boyd is known as a methodologist who designs studies aimed at hidden populations (e.g., drug users, adolescents, prisoners, low resource communities).

Dr. Boyd has received funding for her research from the National Institutes of Health, State of Michigan, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Institute of Justice, and USAID, as well as a number of smaller foundations. She has: 1) Used innovative web-based methods to survey adolescents and young adults; 2) Collected data with mobile phones from low literate women in Liberia; 3) Conducted mixed method studies of women who smoke crack cocaine, and 4) Conducted secondary analysis focused on sexual minorities using pre-existing national databases. Her current research focuses on prescription medication adherence and misuse, maternity waiting homes in Liberia and clinical interventions to increase medication adherence in high-risk populations. Dr. Boyd’s international experiences includes teaching, mentoring and research in China, Ghana, Liberia, Poland and Zambia.

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Clinical Interests:

  • Selective interventions to prevent prescription drug abuse
  • Preventing stimulant abuse among patients with ADHD

Research Interests:

  • Prescription medication misuse
  • Abuse of controlled substances
  • Gender, sexual orientation, and substance abuse
  • Medication diversion


PhD, Nursing/Anthropology, Wayne State University

MSN, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wayne State University

BSN, School of Nursing, Oakland University

BGS, LS&A, University of Michigan