Staff: Pat Boyd, Ph.D.
Pat Boyd, Ph.D.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
Patrick (Pat) Boyd, Ph.D., is a Cancer Research Training Award fellow in the Behavioral Research Program's Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB).
Dr. Boyd's research examines how the anxiety stemming from the awareness of one's mortality is managed by individuals possessing high (and low) levels of openness. He is interested in how openness can predict one's receptivity to a variety of health communications, particularly how it can facilitate one's interest in health messages that are framed as new or novel. He is also concerned with how openness informs one's willingness to engage in healthy sleep-related behaviors if sleep is viewed as a practice that can facilitate a breadth and depth of intellectual and experiential opportunities.
Dr. Boyd also researches how mortality concerns can impact food consumption behaviors, specifically how female dieting behaviors interact with mortality concerns to inform if healthy or harmful food consumption behaviors occur. He also studies how mortality reminders impact preferences for organic or conventional food items.
A social psychologist by training, Dr. Boyd received his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He received his M.A. in social psychology from San Francisco State University, and his B.A. in psychology from the University of Southern California.