Cherrie B. Boyer
Dr. Boyer’s program of research focuses on biopsychosocial antecedents of sexual risk behaviors and the role that these factors play in the acquisition and transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and their sequelae. Her research also focuses on the development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral and community-level intervention strategies to reduce the risk of STIs, including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and unintended pregnancy in adolescents and young adults. Such interventions have been implemented in various groups, including high school students, teen and STD clinic patients, youth residing in high STI prevalent neighborhoods, and military personnel. Dr. Boyer has been the recipient of many research grant awards and has published widely in the areas of adolescent and young adult risk and prevention of STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancy, particularly in the area of prevention interventions. Recently, one of her prevention interventions (see Boyer CB, et al., Preventive Medicine, 40(2005):420-431, 2005) was cited by DHHS, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) as an evidence-based intervention to prevent unintended pregnancy in adolescents.
Dr. Boyer is the Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Outreach Core (ECHO), and along with ECHO Co-Director Dean Schillinger oversee ECHO efforts on the Youth Speaks and Youth Radio projects, as well as support ECHO's community engagement efforts for two of CHARM's research projects.