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


  • 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). 2017-2020
  • 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
  • R01 National Cancer Institute. E-Cigarette Use and Longitudinal Changes in Cigarette Smoking and Health (PI: McCabe SE; Co-I: Boyd CJ). 2016-2019
  • R01 National Institute on Drug Abuse. Trajectories of Nonmedical Prescription Drug Misuse (PI: McCabe SE; Co-I: Boyd CJ). 2015-2019
  • R01 National Institute on Drug Abuse. Longitudinal Changes in Recovery from Drug Use Disorders: A National Study (PI: McCabe SE; Co-I: Body CJ). 2015-2019

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

  • 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. In press, 2020.

  • 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. In press, 2020.

  • Buser JM, Moyer CA, Boyd CJ, Zulu D, Ngoma-Hazemba A, Mtenje JT, Jones AD, Lori JR. Cultural beliefs and health-seeking practices: Rural Zambians’ views on maternal-newborn care. Midwifery. 2020 Jun;85:102686. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2020.102686. PMCID: PMC7249502.

  • Evans-Polce RJ, Veliz P, Boyd CJ, McCabe SE. E-cigarette and cigarette use among U.S. adolescents: Longitudinal associations with marijuana use and perceptions. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2020 Jun;58(6):854-857. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2020.01.013. PMCID: PMC7246140.

  • 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 Mar. doi:10.1097/ADM.0000000000000641. Epub 2020 Mar 19.

  • 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;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.

  • Voepel-Lewis T, Farley FA, Grant J, Tait AR, Boyd CJ, McCabe SE, Weber M, Harbaugh CM, Zikmund-Fisher BJ. Behavioral intervention and disposal of leftover opioids: A randomized trial. Pediatrics. 2020 Jan;145(1):e20191431. doi:10.1542/peds.2019-1431. PMCID: PMC6939843.

  • 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.

  • Evans-Polce RJ, Veliz PT, Boyd CJ, Hughes TL, McCabe SE. Associations between sexual orientation discrimination and substance use disorders: Differences by age in US adults. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2020 Jan;55(1):101-110. doi:10.1007/s00127-019-01694-x. PMCID: PMC6755065.

  • Riccio KK, Rawlins DB, Talbot JN, Boyd CJ. Demonstration of smartphones as viable tools for adolescent substance use surveillance. Substance Use and 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 22:1-8. doi:10.1080/08897077.2019.1671946. Epub 2019 Oct 23.

  • McCabe SE, Veliz P, McCabe VV, Boyd CJ. Initiation sequence of E-cigarette and cigarette smoking among US adolescents: A national study. The American Journal on Addictions. 2019 Jul;28(4):285-294. doi:10.1111/ajad.12886. PMCID: PMC6591086.

  • 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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