Marcella Boynton, PhD
Marcella H. Boynton, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and a behavioral health researcher with expertise in health decision-making theory, complex survey design and sophisticated regression-based data analytic techniques.
She conducts research across a wide range of health domains, including tobacco use, alcohol misuse, maternal-child health and cancer prevention. Much of Dr. Boynton’s past research has employed daily diary methodology, which has allowed her to explore the association of daily affective and cognitive processes with concurrent health-related behaviors.
Overall, Dr. Boynton’s work has a strong emphasis on the multidimensional nature of health behavior, with a particular interest in stress and coping processes and health disparities. In addition to serving on the faculty of UNC's Department of Health Behavior, Dr. Boynton is the director of the Biostatistics and Methodology Core at the UNC Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication.
Principles of Statistical Inference for Health Behavior (HBEH 601) | Syllabus
Research ActivitiesDaily diary research
Health disparities and discrimination
Stress and coping
Tobacco regulatory science
UNC Department of Health Behavior Master’s Advisory Committee, 2015-present
Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Multiple Health Behavior Change SIG Chair/Co-Chair, 2012-2015
SBM Membership Council Member, 2009-2012
American Psychological Association Membership Board, 2008
Understanding how perceptions of tobacco constituents and the FDA relate to effective and credible tobacco risk messaging: A national phone survey of U.S. adults, 2014-2015. Boynton, M. H., Agans, R., Bowling, J. M., Brewer, N. T., Sutfin, E., Goldstein, A., Noar, S. M. and Ribisl, K. (2016). BMC Public Health, 16(516), 1-13.
An online daily diary study of alcohol use using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Boynton, M. H. and Richman, L. S. (2014). Drug and Alcohol Review, 33.
A mediational model of racial discrimination and alcohol-related problems among African American college students. Boynton, M. H., O’Hara, R. E., Covault, J., Scott, D. and Tennen, H. (2014). Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75(2), 228-234.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Methods, University of Connecticut Health Center, 2013
Postdoctoral Fellow, Quantitative Methods, Duke University, Quantitative Methods, 2012
PhD, Social Psychology, University of Connecticut, 2009
MA, Social Psychology, University of Connecticut, 2005
BA, Psychology, Purdue University, 2003