Carol J Boyd, PhD, RN, FIAAN, FAAN

Professor Emerita
Founding Director, Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking & Health (DASH Center)
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2235 NURS1

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



In the news


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

Dr. Carol Boyd is the Founding 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 and Gender 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

  • R01 National Institute On Drug Abuse. The Symptom-Associated Pathway to Substance Use and Misuse during Adolescence (PI: Voepel-Lewis TD; Co-I:Boyd CJ). 2021-2026
  • 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). 2018-2022
  • 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 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

  • Boyd CJ, McCabe SE, Evans-Polce R, Veliz PT. Cannabis, vaping and respiratory symptoms in a probability sample of United States youth. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2021 Jul;69(1):149-152. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.01.019. PMCID: PMC8238794.

  • Evans-Polce RJ, Veliz PT, Kcomt L, Boyd CJ, McCabe SE. Nicotine/tobacco product use and dependence symptoms among US adolescents and adults: Differences by age, sex, and sexual identity. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2021 Jun. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntab127. Epub 2021 June 14.

  • Ryan JE, McCabe SE, Boyd CJ. Medicinal cannabis: Policy, patients, and providers. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice. 2021 May;22(2):126-133. doi:10.1177/1527154421989609. PMCID: PMC8098049.

  • McCabe SE, Boyd CJ, Evans-Polce R, McCabe VV, Schulenberg JE, Veliz PT. Pills to powder: A 17-year transition from prescription opioids to heroin among US adolescents followed into adulthood. Journal of Addiction Medicine. 2021 May/Jun;15(3):241-244. doi:10.1097/ADM.0000000000000741. PMCID: PMC7987892.

  • 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. 2021 Apr-Jun;47(2):120-130. doi:10.1080/08964289.2019.1676191. PMCID: PMC7854762.

  • Kcomt L, Evans-Polce RJ, Engstrom CW, West BT, Boyd CJ, McCabe SE. Moderate-to-severe tobacco use disorder and discrimination among U.S. sexual minority older adults. Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychology Sciences and Social Sciences. 2021 Apr. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbab067. Epub 2021 Apr 18.

  • Greyson D, Roosevelt L, Boyd CJ. Desistance, self-treatment, or substitution: Decisions about cannabis use during pregnancy. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. 2021 Jan;66(1):96-100. doi:10.1111/jmwh.13205. PMCID: PMC7897278.

  • 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 Dec;12:100303. doi:10.1016/j.abrep.2020.100303. PMCID: PMC7752718.

  • 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. 2020 Dec:1-5. doi:10.1080/08897077.2020.1847239. PMCID: PMC8180524.

  • McCabe SE, Hughes TL, West BT, Evans-Polce R, Veliz PT, Dickinson K, 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. 2020 Dec;81(6). doi:10.4088/JCP.20m13291. PMCID: PMC7790524.

  • Owotomo O, Stritzel H, McCabe SE, Boyd CJ, Maslowsky J. Smoking intention and progression from e-cigarette use to cigarette smoking. Pediatrics. 2020 Dec;146(6). doi:10.1542/peds.2020-002881. PMCID: PMC7781200.

  • 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 Nov;216:108308. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108308. PMCID: PMC7606514.

  • Kcomt L, Evans-Polce RJ, Veliz PT, Boyd CJ, McCabe SE. Use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes/vaping among transgender people: Results from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2020 Oct;59(4):538-547. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2020.03.027. PMCID: PMC7508765.

  • Forson PK, Oduro G, Bonney J, Cobbold S, Sarfo-Frimpong J, Boyd C, Maio R. Emergency department admissions Kumasi, Ghana: Prevalence of alcohol and substance use, and associated trauma. Journal of Addictive Diseases. 2020 Oct-Dec;38(4):520-528. doi:10.1080/10550887.2020.1791378. Epub 2020 Jul 15.

  • 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. 2020 41(4):485-492. doi:10.1080/08897077.2019.1671946. Epub 2019 Oct 22.

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