Savannah Boyd

Graduate Student: Clinical Psychology Faculty Advisor: David Sbarra

Savannah Boyd

Graduate Student: Clinical Psychology Faculty Advisor: David Sbarra

Research Interests: My research focuses on a central question: How does our social world influence our health? 

  • How interpersonal processes influence the psychological and physical wellbeing of both individuals and dyads over time, as well as the potential bidirectional nature of this relationship.
  • Utilizing advanced quantitative methods, including multilevel modeling and Bayesian statistics.
  • Examining 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 non-linear modeling of this phenomenon.
  • Translating findings from relationship science to develop new interventions that promote mental, physical, and relational wellbeing among couples and families. 
  • Working with families and couples using evidence-based practices to promote healthy relationships.

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, 43. 
  • 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 (in press).  
  • 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. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.619255


  • 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. doi: 10.4135/9781071812082.n350


  • 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. 
  • 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. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2016.1255945
  • 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. doi: 10.1177/1359105314567209

Courses Taught: 

  • PSYC 383 - Health Psychology (2021)
  • PSY 483A - Developmental Psychology (2022)
  • FSHD 117 - Lifespan Development
  • FSHD 450 - Human Sexuality  
  • FSHD 496Z - Social Justice and Healthcare  
  • FSHD 537L - Introductory Graduate Statistics Laboratory

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

Updated: 01/31/23


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