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Donna Ferriero, MD, MS

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Cherrie B. Boyer, PhD



Professor of Pediatrics

Associate Director for Research and Academic Affairs, Adolescent Medicine

Contact Info

University of California, San Francisco

3333 California Street, Suite 245

San Francisco, CA 94143-0503

Phone: (415) 476-9620

Fax: 476-6106

E-mail: BoyerC@peds.ucsf.edu

 

 

Education

  • Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, BA, Cum Laude, Psychology, 1978
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, MA, Psychology, 1981
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, PhD, Psychology, 1985
  • University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry, Graduate Program, Health Psychology, San Francisco, CA, Fellow, Health Psychology, 1985-1987

Research Interests

  • Examination of biopsychosocial antecedents of sexual risk behaviors and the role that these factors play in the acquisition and transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and their sequelae
  • Development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral and community-level intervention strategies to reduce the risk of STIs including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and unintended pregnancy in adolescents and young adults
  • Evaluation of effective strategies for identifying undiagnosed HIV infection in adolescents and young adults

UCSF Program Affiliations

UCSF Campus-wide

  • 1997-1998: Ad- Hoc Promotions Review Committee, Office of the Vice Chancellor
  • 2002-  : Committee on Human Research
  • 2008-  : Chancellor’s Council on Faculty Life including three sub-committees: Faculty Climate Survey Committee, Leadership Committee, Faculty Exit Survey Committee
  • 2011 : UCSF Faculty Mentoring Program Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award

School of Medicine

  • 1992-1998: Ad-Hoc Review Committee, AIDS Clinical Research Center
  • 1995- : Advisory Committee, Center for AIDS Prevention Study

Departmental Service

  • 1989-1995: Research Coordinator, Adolescent Medicine Teen Clinic
  • 1995- : Training Committee, Division of Adolescent Medicine
  • 1996-1999: Executive Committee, Division of Adolescent Medicine
  • 1996-  : Research Award’s Committee, Division of Adolescent Medicine (Chair)
  • 2000-  : Faculty Search Committees, Department of Pediatrics
  • 2006-  : Professional Development Committee, Department of Pediatrics
  • 2006-  : Scholarship Oversight Committee, Department of Pediatrics
  • 2007-  : Intern Selection Committee, Department of Pediatrics
  • 2007-  : Research Committee, Division of Adolescent Committee (Chair)
  • 2008-  : Faculty Academic Review Committee, Division of Adolescent Medicine (Chair)

 

Biography

The education and research training of pediatricians and other health care professionals is an important focus of Dr. Boyer’s academic career. She completed her doctorate in psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, followed by a fellowship in health psychology at UCSF. Dr. Boyer served from 1987-89 as an assistant professor in residence in epidemiology and social medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, before joining the UCSF faculty in 1990.

 In 1995, Dr. Boyer was appointed director of interdisciplinary training for Adolescent Medicine, playing a central role in the education of graduate and post-graduate trainees at the University, especially in the areas of psychosocial and behavioral aspects of health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Boyer’s primary role as interdisciplinary training director has been to develop, coordinate, and evaluate the formal coursework within the Division, including the Adolescent Health Core Seminar Series (Pediatrics 180.01), the Division's Faculty and Fellow’s Research Seminar, and the Practicum Colloquia. To fulfill the Division’s goal to train leaders in the field of adolescent health, she works directly with faculty within the division, the department and the university, as well as with leaders in the field of adolescent health within the larger Bay Area community to coordinate educational activities.

In 2007, Dr. Boyer was appointed to the position of associate director for research and academic affairs for the UCSF Division of Adolescent Medicine. In this position, she plays a vital role in the research education of Adolescent Medicine trainees and aides the division’s junior faculty in developing their programs of research. Over the last two years she conceptualized, planned, organized, and moderated a one-day research retreat for UCSF faculty and trainees, and with assistance from two other senior faculty members, organized and coordinated an internal academic review of all division junior faculty, providing in-depth feedback and mentoring regarding all aspects of their academic and creative activities.

Beyond her formal training activities, Dr. Boyer offers informal lectures and seminars on research methods in adolescent health, especially relating to behavioral interventions, STIs, and risk-taking behavior. These seminars occur in the division as well as occasionally in other departments within the university, including the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and the Center for Health and the Community. She works individually with trainees and  junior faculty regarding all aspects of research, including developing research questions and testing hypotheses, constructing questionnaires, developing clinical interventions, including randomized controlled trials, collecting and analyzing data, writing abstracts and manuscripts for publication, and writing grant proposals for research funding.

Current Research

Dr. Boyer’s program of research focuses on biopsychosocial antecedents of sexual risk behaviors and the role that these factors play in the acquisition and transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and their sequelae. Her research also focuses on the development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral and community-level intervention strategies to reduce the risk of STIs, including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and unintended pregnancy in adolescents and young adults. Such interventions have been implemented in various groups, including high school students, teen and STD clinic patients, youth residing in high STI prevalent neighborhoods, and military personnel. Dr. Boyer has been the recipient of many research grant awards and has published widely in the areas of adolescent and young adult risk and prevention of STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancy, particularly in the area of prevention interventions. Recently, one of her prevention interventions (see Boyer CB, et al., Preventive Medicine, 40(2005):420-431, 2005) was cited by DHHS, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) as an evidence-based intervention to prevent unintended pregnancy in adolescents. The curriculum is one of several interventions DHHS is funding for replication (http://www.hhs.gov/ophs/oah/prevention/research/programs/index.html). 

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Last updated 08-20-2012