Dr. Marcella Boynton

Marcella H. Boynton, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Public Health Leadership Program
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology
NC TraCS Institute KL2 and Education Programs
NC TraCS Institute KL2 and Education Programs
Brinkhous-Bullitt Building
160 Medical Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Marcella Boynton is a biostatistician at The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute. In this role, she supports biomedical and behavioral researchers as they conduct studies focused on improving healthcare delivery and patient outcomes—in effect, she provides guidance and statistics services to translational scientists as they work through the complicated process of designing, implementing, and statistically analyzing their studies. Dr. Boynton also supports the educational efforts at NC TraCS by teaching seminars and helping to develop educational programming geared toward the translational science workforce. She is the biostatistics mentor for the CTSA KL2 Program and the UNC BIRCWH Program and teaches PUBH 742 (Quantitative Methods for Health Care Professionals II). Dr. Boynton conducts research in the areas of psychometrics, intensive repeated measures designs, substance use, health communication, stress and coping processes, and health disparities.

Representative Courses

PUBH 742 - Quantitative Methods for Health Care Professionals II

Key Publications

UNC Perceived Message Effectiveness: Development and validation of a brief scale. Baig, S. A., Noar, S. M., Gottfredson, N. C., Boynton, M. H., Ribisl, K. M., & Brewer, N. T. Annals of Behavioral Medicine..

Questions and concerns about HPV vaccine: A communication experiment. Shah, P. D., Calo, W. A., Gilkey, M. B., Boynton, M. H., Dailey, S. A., Todd, K., Robichaud, M. O., Margolis, M. A., Brewer, N. T.  Pediatrics..

The impact of psychosocial characteristics in predicting smoking cessation in long-term cancer survivors: A time-to-event analysis. Symes, Y., Westmaas, L., Mayer, D. K., Boynton, M. H., Ribisl, K. M., Golden, S (2018). Psycho-Oncology..

Similarities and differences in health behavior research findings from convenience and probability samples. Jeong, M., Zhang, D., Morgan, J. C., Cornacchione, J., Osman, A., Boynton, M. H., Mendel, J. R., & Brewer, N. T. (2018). Annals of Behavioral Medicine. .

Understanding why pictorial cigarette pack warnings increase quit attempts. Brewer. N. T., Parada, H., Hall, M. G., Boynton, M. H., Noar S. M., Ribisl, K. M. (2018). Annals of Behavioral Medicine..


  • Social Psychology, PhD, University of Connecticut, 2009
  • Social Psychology, MA, University of Connecticut, 2005
  • Psychology, BA, Purdue University, 2003