Savannah Boyd

Graduate Student: Clinical Psychology
Faculty Advisor: David Sbarra
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Psy 422

She, Her, Hers

Research Interests: 

My research focuses on the

  • Social contexts of health
  • How interpersonal processes relate to psychological and physical wellbeing of both individuals and couples over time

Research Skills:

  • Utilizing advanced quantitative methods, including multilevel modeling and Bayesian statistics.
  • Modeling autonomic physiological linkage (i.e., any form of statistical interdependence between the physiological signals of interacting partners) among romantic partners and strangers, with an emphasis on understanding mechanisms, context-dependency, and the non-linear dynamics of this phenomenon.
  • Translating findings from relationship science to develop new interventions that promote mental, physical, and relational wellbeing among couples and families. 

Selected Publications:

  • Boyd, S.M., Kuelz, A., Page-Gould, E., Butler, E.A. & Danyluck, C. (2022). An exploratory study of physiological linkage among strangers. Frontiers in Neuroergonomics.
  • Boyd, S.M., Lee, L., & Sbarra, D.A. (2022). Multilevel modeling. In B. Frey (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of research design (Vol. 1, pp. 959-963). SAGE Publications.
  • Flores, M.A., O’Neill, R.M., Boyd, S.M., Uchino, B.N., Ruiz, J. M. (2022). Examining between group differences in social network density and hs-CRP in older adults: Implications for the Hispanic mortality paradox. Psychosomatic Medicine.
  • Kuelz, A., Boyd, S.M., & Butler, E.A. (2022). Close TIES in relationships: A dynamic systems approach for modeling physiological linkage. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Li, X., Kuelz, A., Boyd, S.M., August, K., Markey, C., & Butler, E. (2020). Exploring physiological linkage in same-sex male couples. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 3951.
  • Manvelian, A., Boyd, S.M., O’Hara, L. K., Watters, C., Liu, Y. & Sbarra, D. A. (2023). Promoting attachment security in emerging adults: A pilot study of emotionally focused mentoring. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
  • vanDellen, M.R., Boyd, S.M., Ranby, K. W., & Beam L.B. (2016). Successes and failures in resisting cigarettes affect partner support for smoking cessation. Psychology and Health.
  • vanDellen, M.R., Boyd, S.M., Ranby, K. W., MacKillop, J., & Lipkus, I. M. (2015). Willingness to provide support for a quit attempt: A study of partners of smokers. Journal of Health Psychology.

Courses Taught: 

  • PSY 364 - Human Sexuality (2023)
  • PSYC 383 - Health Psychology (2021)
  • PSY 483A - Developmental Psychology (2022)
  • FSHD 117 - Lifespan Development 
  • FSHD 496Z - Social Justice and Healthcare  
  • FSHD 537L - Introductory Graduate Statistics Laboratory

*Year listed indicates when this individual last taught the specified course.

Awards and Recognitions: 

  • Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Scholarship Recipient (2024)

Updated: 05/07/24


  • B.S. Psychology, University of Georgia (2014)
  • M.S. Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona (2020)