Carol J Boyd, PhD, RN, FIAAN, FAAN

Professor Emerita
Co-Director, Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking & Health (DASH Center)
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2235 400NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 647-8570
Fax: (734) 763-0681

In the news


  • Prescription misuse
  • Substance abuse
  • Gender, sexual orientation, and substance abuse
  • Medication diversion

Dr. Carol Boyd is the Co-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). 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 smart phones. Dr. Boyd's international experiences include teaching, mentoring and research in China, Ghana, Jamaica, Liberia, Poland, and Zambia.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • Michigan State Police. Pilot Testing of Community Overdose Assessment Team: A Demonstration Project (PI: Dahlem G; Co-I: Boyd CJ). 2019-2021
  • R01 National Institute on Drug Abuse. Prospective Examination of E-Cigarette Use, Tobacco Use Disorder and Health Consequences by U.S. Youth (PI: Boyd CJ). 2018-2021
  • R01 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Health Disparities in DSM-5 Alcohol Use Disorders (PI: McCabe SE; Co-I: Boyd CJ). 2018-2021
  • R01 National Institute on Drug Abuse. Discrimination, Stress and Substance Use Disorder among Sexual Minority Adults: A Secondary Analysis of NESARC-III (PI: Boyd CJ). 2017-2021
  • R01 National Institute on Drug Abuse. Scenario-Tailored Opioid Messaging Program: An Interactive Intervention to Prevent Analgesic-Related Adverse Drug Events in Children and Adolescents (PI: Voepel-Lewis TD; Co-I: Boyd CJ). 2017-2020
  • R01 National Cancer Institute. Health, Stress, and Tobacco Use Disparities among Sexual Minority Populations (PI: McCabe SE; Co-I: Boyd CJ). 2017-2020

Affiliations / Service

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Addictions Nursing, 2002-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Mentorship Award, The College on Problems of Drug Dependence, 2020
  • Inducted as a Fellow, International Academy of Addiction Nursing, 2018; Inducted as a Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 1996
  • Betty Ford Award, Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, 2013
  • NCID Exemplary Diversity Engagement and Scholarship Award, National Center for Institutional Diversity, 2009
  • President’s Award, International Nursing Society of Addictions, 2006
  • Golden Apple Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1996


  • PhD, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1987
  • MSN, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1982
  • BSN, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, 1978
  • BGS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1973

Publication Highlights

  • Dahlem CH, Scalera M, Anderson G, Tasker M, Ploutz-Snyder R, McCabe SE, Boyd CJ. Recovery Opioid Overdose Team (ROOT) pilot program evaluation: A community-wide post-overdose response strategy. Substance Abuse. In press 2020.

  • McCabe SE, Hughes TL, West BT, Evans-Polce R, Veliz PT, Dickinson KD, McCabe VV, Boyd CJ. Sexual orientation, adverse childhood experiences, and comorbid DSM-5 substance use and mental health disorders in the United States. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. In press 2020.

  • Dahlem CH, Granner J, Boyd CJ. “We’re here to help you”: Law enforcement perceptions about naloxone training and its effects post-overdose reversal. Journal of Addictions Nursing. In press 2020.

  • 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. Journal of Addiction Medicine. 2020 Sep/Oct;14(5):e211-e219. doi:10.1097/ADM.0000000000000641. Epub 2020 Mar 16.

  • Veliz PT, McCabe SE, Evans-Polce RJ, Boyd CJ. Assessing how the history of e-cigarette and cigarette use are associated with the developmental course of marijuana use in a sample of United States adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2020 Sep 216:108308. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108308. Epub 2020 Sep 22.

  • Boyd CJ, Veliz P, Evans-Polce R, Eisman AB, McCabe SE. Latent class trajectories: U.S. adolescents’ nicotine use and its association with nicotine dependence. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 2020 Sep. doi:10.1016/j.abrep.2020.100303. Epub 2020 Sep 9.

  • 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. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 2020 Aug;81(4):497-504. doi:10.15288/jsad.2020.81.497. Epub 2020 Aug 18.

  • McCabe SE, West BT, Matthews AK, Evans-Polce R, Lee JGL, Hughes TL, Veliz P, McCabe V, Boyd CJ. Sexual orientation, tobacco use, and tobacco cessation treatment-seeking: Results from a national U.S. survey. Behavioral Medicine. 2020 Jul:1-11. doi:10.1080/08964289.2019.1676191. Epub 2020 Jul 23.

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

  • 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.

  • Ryan JE, Veliz P, McCabe SE, Stoddard SA, Boyd CJ. Association of early onset of cannabis, cigarette, other drug use and schizophrenia or psychosis. Schizophrenia Research. 2020 Jan;215:482-484. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2019.10.002. PMCID: PMC7035998.

  • 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. Journal of Adolescent 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. Substance Use & Misuse. 2020;55(5):693-696. doi:10.1080/10826084.2019.1696822. Epub 2019 Dec 12.

  • Dahlem CH, Scalera M, Chen B, McCabe SE, Boyd CJ. Impact of the take ACTION Train-the-Trainer model of opioid overdose education with naloxone distribution– who benefits? Substance Abuse. 2019 Oct:1-8. doi:10.1080/08897077.2019.1671946. Epub 2019 Oct 22.

  • 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.

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