Savannah Boyd

Real name: 
Graduate Student: Clinical Psychology
Faculty Advisor: David Sbarra
Degree(s): 
  • B.S., Psychology 
  • M.S., Family Studies and Human Development 
Office: 
350 N. Park Ave. #315, Tucson, AZ
Research Interests: 
I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Georgia before completing my master's degree in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. Currently, I am a first year clinical psychology student under the advisement of Dave Sbarra, Ph.D. and Emily Butler, Ph.D. My interests are two-fold: First, I am interested in how interpersonal feedback loops influence the psychological and physiological wellbeing of individuals and dyads over time, with a specific emphasis on understanding the mechanisms, context-dependency, and modeling of autonomic physiological linkage among romantic partners. Second, I am interested in how machine learning and artificial intelligence can be used to supplement therapy (e.g., inform treatment, predict behavior, and detect crisis). 
Selected Publications: 
Presentations:
 
Boyd, S.M., Yee, C.I., Kuelz, A., Shiota, M.N., Butler, E.A. (2020, September). Estimating patterns of physiological linkage utilizing the new R package, rties. Poster to be presented at the Society of Psychophysiological Research, Washington, D.C.
 
Boyd, S.M., Kuelz, A., Butler, E.A. (2019, February). Inertia of respiratory sinus arrhythmia and skin conductance as predictors of stress in close relationships. Poster presented at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Portland, OR.
 
Kuelz, A., Boyd, S.M., & Butler, E. (2019). Coordination patterns of respiratory sinus arrhythmia and emotional experience as predictors of general stress in couples. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Portland, OR.
 
Publications:
 
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: 
  • Introductory Graduate Statistics Laboratory (FSHD 537L) 
  • Social Justice and Healthcare (FSHD 496z) 
  • Human Sexuality (FSHD 450) 
  • Lifespan Development (FSHD 117)
Research Program: