Cherrie Boyer, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights|
San Francisco CA 94118
The education and research training of pediatricians and other health care professionals is an important focus of Dr. Boyer’s academic career. She completed her doctorate in psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, followed by a fellowship in health psychology at UCSF. Dr. Boyer served from 1987-89 as an assistant professor in residence in epidemiology and social medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, before joining the UCSF faculty in 1990.
In 1995, Dr. Boyer was appointed director of interdisciplinary training for Adolescent Medicine, playing a central role in the education of graduate and post-graduate trainees at the University, especially in the areas of psychosocial and behavioral aspects of health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Boyer’s primary role as interdisciplinary training director has been to develop, coordinate, and evaluate the formal coursework within the Division, including the Adolescent Health Core Seminar Series (Pediatrics 180.01), the Division's Faculty and Fellow’s Research Seminar, and the Practicum Colloquia. To fulfill the Division’s goal to train leaders in the field of adolescent health, she works directly with faculty within the division, the department and the university, as well as with leaders in the field of adolescent health within the larger Bay Area community to coordinate educational activities.
In 2007, Dr. Boyer was appointed to the position of associate director for research and academic affairs for the UCSF Division of Adolescent Medicine. In this position, she plays a vital role in the research education of Adolescent Medicine trainees and aides the division’s junior faculty in developing their programs of research. Over the last two years she conceptualized, planned, organized, and moderated a one-day research retreat for UCSF faculty and trainees, and with assistance from two other senior faculty members, organized and coordinated an internal academic review of all division junior faculty, providing in-depth feedback and mentoring regarding all aspects of their academic and creative activities.
Beyond her formal training activities, Dr. Boyer offers informal lectures and seminars on research methods in adolescent health, especially relating to behavioral interventions, STIs, and risk-taking behavior. These seminars occur in the division as well as occasionally in other departments within the university, including the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and the Center for Health and the Community. She works individually with trainees and junior faculty regarding all aspects of research, including developing research questions and testing hypotheses, constructing questionnaires, developing clinical interventions, including randomized controlled trials, collecting and analyzing data, writing abstracts and manuscripts for publication, and writing grant proposals for research funding.
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