Cherrie Boyer, PhD

Dr. Boyer is a Professor of Pediatrics based in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine where she serves as the Associate Division Director for Research and Academic Affairs. She is an internationally recognized health psychologist with over 30 years of research experience in the area of adolescent and young adult health. Dr. Boyer has been the recipient of many grant awards and has been a productive investigator, publishing widely in the area of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention in adolescents and young adults. Her program of research focuses on the development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral and community-level intervention strategies utilizing both culturally competent and positive youth development frameworks to promote sexual health and to reduce the risk of STIs, HIV, and unintended pregnancy and their sequelae in adolescents and young adults (youth). Such interventions have been implemented in various groups, including high school students, teen and STD clinic patients, among at-risk youth residing in high STI prevalent urban neighborhoods, and military personnel, both domestically and internationally. Moreover, for the past 10 years Dr. Boyer was a member of the NIH-funded Adolescent Trials Network (ATN) where she served as a lead investigator and collaborated on a number of community-based participatory research community mobilization studies to examine social determinants and structural barriers to improve HIV prevention for at risk youth and linkage, engagement and retention in long-term HIV healthcare for HIV-infected youth. She is currently working with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Community Health Equity and Promotion Branch to conduct community-engaged research to better understand social determinants associated with increased rates of STIs in San Francisco youth with the end goal of designing age-appropriate and culturally-tailored prevention strategies to reduce their risk and acquisition of STIs.
2022 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California, San Francisco
Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1987 - Health Psychology, University of California, San Francisco
PhD, 1985 - Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook
MA, 1981 - Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook
BA, 1978 - Psychology, Spelman College
Honors and Awards
  • Elected Fellow, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2013
  • Elected, American Pediatric Society, 2008
  • Spring 2008 UCSF-CORO Faculty Leadership Collaborative, UCSF, 2008
  • Alumnae Achievement Award in Health and Sciences, Spelman College, 2006
  • Palm Award, Southeastern Region "Best in Show," Educational Video: "Liberty Brief", Produced by Paradise Video, Miami, FL, 1998
  • Elected, Society for Pediatric Research, 1996
  • Grant Supplement, Underrepresented Minorities in Biomedical Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, 1993
  • National Research Service Award, National Institute of Mental Health, 1985
  • Letter of Commendation for Research, Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1985
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Award, 1983
  • Who's Who among American College and University Students, 1978
  • Cum Laude, Spelman College, 1978
  • Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, 1977
  1. Sexually Transmitted Infections in the U.S. Military: A Sexual Health Paradigm to Address Risk Behaviors, Unintended Pregnancy, Alcohol Use, and Sexual Trauma.
  2. The Distinguished Dozen: 2021 Journal of Adolescent Health Articles Making Distinguished Contributions to Adolescent and Young Adult Health.
  3. A Renewed Call to Action for Addressing the Alarming Rising Rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections in U.S. Adolescents and Young Adults.
  4. Mental Health and Psychosocial Risk and Protective Factors Among Black and Latinx Transgender Youth Compared With Peers.
  5. The Distinguished Dozen: 2020 Journal of Adolescent Health Articles Making Distinguished Contributions to Adolescent and Young Adult Health.
  6. The Editors Respond.
  7. Associations Among Behavioral Risk, Sociodemographic Identifiers, and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Male and Female Army Enlisted Personnel.
  8. Gendered powerlessness in at-risk adolescent and young women: an empirical model.
  9. A multilevel mHealth drug abuse and STI/HIV preventive intervention for clinic settings in the United States: A feasibility and acceptability study.
  10. Misclassification of sexual health risks in a self-identified low risk cohort of men who have sex with men (MSM) enrolled in a community based PrEP program
  11. Sexual Partner Characteristics, Relationship Type, and HIV Risk Among a Community Venue-based Sample of Urban Adolescent and Young Adult Men Who Have Sex with Men
  12. Ecological Barriers to HIV Service Access among Young Men who have Sex with Men and High-Risk Heterosexual Young Women from Low-resourced Urban Communities
  13. Ecological Barriers to HIV Service Access among Young Men who have Sex with Men and High-Risk Young Women from Low-resourced Urban Communities.
  14. Structural Effects on HIV Risk Among Youth: A Multi-level Analysis.
  15. Examination of Behavioral, Social, and Environmental Contextual Influences on Sexually Transmitted Infections in At Risk, Urban, Adolescents, and Young Adults.
  16. Linking HIV-Negative Youth to Prevention Services in 12 U.S. Cities: Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing the HIV Prevention Continuum.
  17. Youth health outcomes from the Connect-to-Protect Coalitions to prevent adolescent HIV infections.
  18. Reducing Cancer and Cancer Disparities: Lessons From a Youth-Generated Diabetes Prevention Campaign.
  19. Structural and Community Change Outcomes of the Connect-to-Protect Coalitions: Trials and Triumphs Securing Adolescent Access to HIV Prevention, Testing, and Medical Care.
  20. Does Venue Type Matter for HIV-Related Risk Behavior in Urban Adolescent and Young Adult Men Who Have Sex With Men?
  21. Evaluating Testing Strategies for Identifying Youths With HIV Infection and Linking Youths to Biomedical and Other Prevention Services.
  22. Exchange of Sex for Drugs or Money in Adolescents and Young Adults: An Examination of Sociodemographic Factors, HIV-Related Risk, and Community Context.
  23. Sexual Partner Characteristics, Relationship Type, and HIV Risk Among a Community Venue-based Sample of Urban Adolescent and Young Adult Men Who Have Sex with Men.
  24. Creating Systems Change to Support Goals for HIV Continuum of Care: The Role of Community Coalitions to Reduce Structural Barriers for Adolescents and Young Adults.
  25. Can Technology Decrease Sexual Risk Behaviors among Young People? Results of a Pilot Study Examining the Effectiveness of a Mobile Application Intervention
  26. Creating Youth-Supportive Communities: Outcomes from the Connect-to-Protect® (C2P) Structural Change Approach to Youth HIV Prevention.
  27. A Tailored Approach to Launch Community Coalitions Focused on Achieving Structural Changes: Lessons Learned From a HIV Prevention Mobilization Study.
  28. Call for Papers on Adolescent and Young Adult Health.
  29. Targeting Structural Change for HIV Prevention: A Process and Tool for Community Application.
  30. Evaluation of the effect of human immunodeficiency virus-related structural interventions: the connect to protect project.
  31. Leadership in adolescent health: developing the next generation of maternal child health leaders through mentorship.
  32. Cross-sectional survey comparing HIV risk behaviours of adolescent and young adult men who have sex with men only and men who have sex with men and women in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
  33. Co-Parenting Relationship Experiences of Black Adolescent Mothers in Active Romantic Partnerships With the Fathers of Their Children.
  34. A comparison of network-based strategies for screening at-risk Hispanic/Latino adolescents and young adults for undiagnosed asymptomatic HIV infection.
  35. An Exploration of the Sexual Behaviors of Emerging Adult Men Attending a Historically Black College/University.
  36. Perceived risk for sexually transmitted infections aligns with sexual risk behavior with the exception of condom nonuse: data from a nonclinical sample of sexually active young adult women.
  37. An assessment of the feasibility and acceptability of a friendship-based social network recruitment strategy to screen at-risk African American and Hispanic/Latina young women for HIV infection.
  38. Assessing AIDS Risk Reduction Model Psychosocial Outcomes in a Brief Intervention for Urban African American Female Adolescents
  39. Psychosocial Outcomes of Sexual Risk Reduction in a Brief Intervention for Urban African American Female Adolescents.
  40. Text-messaging-enhanced HIV intervention for African American adolescents: a feasibility study.
  41. Influences on Sexual Partnering Among African American Adolescents With Concurrent Sexual Relationships.
  42. "It Takes a Village:" Familial Messages Regarding Dating Among African American Adolescents.
  43. African American Adolescent Females' Perceptions of Neighborhood Safety, Familial Strategies, and Sexual Debut.
  44. Sexual Health Information Networks: What are Urban African American Youth Learning?
  45. One-year contraceptive continuation and pregnancy in adolescent girls and women initiating hormonal contraceptives.
  46. Development and pretesting multimedia HIV-prevention text messages for mobile cell phone delivery.
  47. The feasibility of a clinic-based parent intervention to prevent HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancies among Latino and African American adolescents.
  48. Contraceptive decision-making in sexual relationships: young men's experiences, attitudes and values.
  49. Project ORE: A friendship-based intervention to prevent HIV/STI in urban African American adolescent females.
  50. Attitudes toward the vaginal ring and transdermal patch among adolescents and young women.
  51. Health risk behavior of youth in foster care.
  52. Predictors of one-year attrition in female Marine Corps recruits.
  53. Relationships among sociodemographic markers, behavioral risk, and sexually transmitted infections in U. S. female Marine Corps recruits.
  54. Evaluation of a prevention intervention to reduce HIV Risk among Angolan soldiers.
  55. Acquisition of Chlamydia trachomatis by young women during their first year of military service.
  56. Preliminary findings on a brief friendship-based HIV/STI intervention for urban African American youth: project ORE.
  57. Body mass index and disordered eating behaviors are associated with weight dissatisfaction in adolescent and young adult female military recruits.
  58. HIV prevention education and testing among youth: is there a correlation?
  59. Correlates of sexually transmitted infections in women: Reply to Handsfield and Marrazzo
  60. Sexual behaviors after universal screening of sexually transmitted infections in healthy young women.
  61. Youth United Through Health Education: community-level, peer-led outreach to increase awareness and improve noninvasive sexually transmitted infection screening in urban African American youth.
  62. Acquisition of sexually transmitted infections in adolescents attending an urban, general HMO teen clinic.
  63. Sociodemographic markers and behavioral correlates of sexually transmitted infections in a nonclinical sample of adolescent and young adult women.
  64. Youth united through health education: building capacity through a community collaborative intervention to prevent HIV/STD in adolescents residing in a high STD prevalent neighborhood.
  65. Evaluation of a cognitive-behavioral, group, randomized controlled intervention trial to prevent sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies in young women.
  66. Evidence-based recommendations for prevention of human immunodeficiency virus and sexually transmitted infections in the Angolan Armed Forces: challenges and opportunities at the end of 30 years of war.
  67. Human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome knowledge and risk factors in Ethiopian military personnel.
  68. Adolescents' self-efficacy to communicate about sex: its role in condom attitudes, commitment, and use.
  69. The STD and HIV epidemics in African American Youth: Reconceptualizing approaches to risk reduction
  70. Bacterial vaginosis in sexually experienced and non-sexually experienced young women entering the military.
  71. Comparing first-void urine specimens, self-collected vaginal swabs, and endocervical specimens to detect Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae by a nucleic acid amplification test.
  72. Prevalence and clinical correlates of bacterial vaginosis among sexually experienced and non-sexually experienced young women entering the military
  73. Correlates of sexually transmitted diseases in a young male deployed military population.
  74. Chlamydial infection and unplanned pregnancy in women with ready access to health care.
  75. Prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV in young military men: evaluation of a cognitive-behavioral skills-building intervention.
  76. Sociodemographic, behavioral, and clinical factors associated with STDs in a national sample of women entering the US military
  77. Adolescent violence prevention practices among California pediatricians.
  78. Associations of sociodemographic, psychosocial, and behavioral factors with sexual risk and sexually transmitted diseases in teen clinic patients.
  79. Social factors play a major role in making you people sexual risk-takers
  80. Predictors of risk for sexually transmitted diseases in ninth grade urban high school students.
  81. Sexually transmitted diseases in a health maintenance organization teen clinic: associations of race, partner's age, and marijuana use.
  82. Asymptomatic sexually transmitted disease prevalence in four military populations: application of DNA amplification assays for Chlamydia and gonorrhea screening.
  83. Risk factors for repeated gonococcal infections: San Francisco, 1990-1992.
  84. Perceptions of sexual partners' risk behavior
  85. Sexually transmitted disease (STD) and HIV risk in heterosexual adults attending a public STD clinic: evaluation of a randomized controlled behavioral risk-reduction intervention trial.
  86. Evaluation of a knowledge- and cognitive-behavioral skills-building intervention to prevent STDs and HIV infection in high school students.
  87. Types of adolescent sexual relationships and associated perceptions about condom use.
  88. Adolescents' perceived risk for STDs and HIV infection.
  89. HIV risk in adolescents: the role of sexual activity and substance use behaviors.
  90. Evaluation of urine-based screening strategies to detect Chlamydia trachomatis among sexually active asymptomatic young males.
  91. An evaluation of an AIDS risk reduction education and skills training (ARREST) program.
  92. Implementing a school-based STD/HIV prevention intervention: collaboration between a university medical center and an urban school district.
  93. Evaluation of non-specific and specific screening strategies to detect C trachomatis among sexually active asymptomatic young men
  94. Infections B Chlamydia trachomatis chez l'adolescent: Une antibiotherapie bien conduite est efficace
  95. Psychosocial and behavioral factors associated with risk of sexually transmitted diseases, including human immunodeficiency virus infection, among urban high school students.
  96. AIDS risk and prevention among adolescents.
  97. Adolescent Pediatric Gynecology
  98. Social support and demographic factors influencing compliance of hemodialysis patients
  99. Preventing HIV infection and AIDS in children and adolescents. Behavioral research and intervention strategies.
  100. Minorities and AIDS: knowledge, attitudes, and misconceptions among black and Latino adolescents.
  101. Prevention of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: International perspectives