Carol J. Boyd, Ph.D.

Research Professor Emerita, Department of Psychiatry
Deborah J. Oakley Professor Emerita, School of Nursing
Professor Emerita, Women’s Studies, Literature Science and Arts


Dr. Carol J Boyd is the Director of the Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health (DASH). In addition to her position as the Deborah J Oakley Collegiate Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing, Dr. Boyd also holds U-M appointments as Professor Emerita, Women's Studies, LSA; Research Professor Emerita, Addiction Center, Department of Psychiatry; and Research Professor Emerita, Institute for Research on Women & Gender. She has conducted mixed-method studies that use advanced technologies to examine the relationship between gender, health and drug, alcohol, and nicotine use. She has had extramural funding to conduct mixed-method studies with women crack smokers (1989-1995, NIH funded), prisoners (1999-2004, MDOC and Robert Wood Johnson funded), adolescents and college students (2003-present, NIH funded), and secondary analytic studies of substance use among high risk populations, including LGB sub-populations (2016-present, NIH funded) and adolescents’ prescription medication misuse and e-cigarette use. Moreover, Dr. Boyd has used innovative technologies to survey adolescents and young adults on substance use and related behaviors. Dr. Boyd was the first researcher (as a Principal Investigator) to develop two web-based surveys, Student Life Survey and Secondary Student Life Survey, to examine substance use and related behaviors among adolescents and emerging adults. The Student Life Surveys were the foundation for five NIH-funded studies and the Secondary Student Life Survey is now being used on smartphones. Dr. Boyd's international experiences include teaching, mentoring and research in China, Ghana, Jamaica, Liberia, Poland, and Zambia.

Areas of Interest

  • Selective interventions to prevent prescription drug abuse
  • Preventing stimulant abuse among patients with ADHD
  • Prescription drug misuse
  • Gender, sexual orientation, and substance abuse


  • 1986: PhD, Nursing/Anthropology, Wayne State University
  • 1982: MSN Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wayne State University
  • 1978: BSN, School of Nursing, Oakland University
  • 1973: BGS, LS&A, University of Michigan

Published Articles or Reviews

Recent Articles: Sexual and Gender Minorities

Kcomt L, Evans-Polce RJ, Veliz P, Boyd CJ, McCabe SE. Use of cigarettes and E-cigarettes/vaping among transgender people: Results from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. Am J Prev Med. In press. 

McCabe SE, West BT, Matthews AK, Evans-Polce R, Lee JGL, Veliz PT, Hughes TL, McCabe VV, Boyd CJ. Sexual orientation, tobacco use, and tobacco cessation treatment-seeking: Results from a national U.S. survey. Behav Med. In press. 

Boyd CJ, Veliz PT, McCabe SE. Severity of DSM-5 cannabis use disorders in a nationally representative sample of sexual minorities. Subst Abus. 2020;41(2):191-195. doi:10.1080/08897077.2019.1621242. PMCID: PMC7174134. 

McCabe SE, Hughes TL, West BT, Evans-Polce R, Veliz PT, Dickinson KD, Hoak S, Boyd CJ. Associations among childhood household dysfunction, sexual orientation, and DSM-5 alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use disorders in adulthood: Evidence from a national U.S. survey. J Addict Med. 2020 Mar. doi:10.1097/ADM.0000000000000641. Epub 2020 Mar 19.

Kahle EM, Veliz P, McCabe SE, Boyd CJ. Functional and structural social support, substance use and sexual orientation from a nationally representative sample of US adults. Addiction. 2020 Mar;115(3):546-558. doi:10.1111/add.14819. PMCID: PMC7015779.

Boyd CJ, Veliz PT, Stephenson R, Hughes TL, McCabe SE. Severity of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use disorders among sexual minority individuals and their “not sure” counterparts. LGBT Health. 2019 Jan;6(1):15-22. doi:10.1089/lgbt.2018.0122. PMCID: PMC6352513

Boyd CJ, West BT, McCabe SE. Does misuse lead to a disorder? The misuse of prescription tranquilizer and sedative medications and subsequent substance use disorders in a U.S. longitudinal sample. Addict Behav. 2018 Apr;79:17-23. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.11.042. PMCID: PMC5884701.

Recent Articles: Adolescents

Boyd CJ, Veliz P, Evans-Polce R, Eisman AB, McCabe SE. Why are national estimates so different? A comparison of youth e-cigarette use and cigarette smoking in the MTF and PATH surveys. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. In press

Veliz P, Eisman A, McCabe SE, Evans-Polce R, McCabe VV, Boyd CJ. E-cigarette use, polytobacco use, and longitudinal changes in tobacco and substance use disorder symptoms among U.S. adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2020 Jan;66(1):18-26. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.05.026. PMCID: PMC6928410.

Riccio KK, Rawlins DB, Talbot JN, Boyd CJ. Demonstration of smartphones as viable tools for adolescent substance use surveillance. Subst Use Misuse. 2019 Dec:1-4. doi:10.1080/10826084.2019.1696822. Epub 2019 Dec 12.

McCabe SE, Veliz P, McCabe VV, Boyd CJ. Initiation sequence of E-cigarette and cigarette smoking among US adolescents: A national study. Am J Addict. 2019 Jul;28(4):285-294. doi:10.1111/ajad.12886. PMCID: PMC6591086.

Ngo QM, Veliz PT, Kusunoki Y, Stein SF, Boyd CJ. Adolescent sexual violence: Prevalence,    adolescent risks, and violence characteristics. Prev Med. 2018 Nov;116:68-74. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.08.032. PMCID: PMC6553641.