Cherrie Boyer, PhD

Professor in Residence
Pediatrics
+1 415 476-9620

Dr. Boyer is a Professor of Pediatrics based in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine where she serves as the Associate Division Director for Research and Academic Affairs. She is an internationally recognized health psychologist with nearly 30 years of research experience in the area of adolescent and young adult health. Dr. Boyer has been the recipient of many grant awards and has been a productive investigator, publishing widely in the area of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention in adolescents and young adults. Her program of research focuses on the development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral and community-level intervention strategies utilizing both culturally competent and positive youth development frameworks to promote sexual health and to reduce the risk of STIs, HIV, and unintended pregnancy and their sequelae in adolescents and young adults (youth). Such interventions have been implemented in various groups, including high school students, teen and STD clinic patients, among at-risk youth residing in high STI prevalent urban neighborhoods, and military personnel, both domestically and internationally. Moreover, for the past 10 years Dr. Boyer was a member of the NIH-funded Adolescent Trials Network (ATN) where she served as a lead investigator and collaborated on a number of community-based participatory research community mobilization studies to examine social determinants and structural barriers to improve HIV prevention for at risk youth and linkage, engagement and retention in long-term HIV healthcare for HIV-infected youth. She is currently working with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Community Health Equity and Promotion Branch to conduct community-engaged research to better understand social determinants associated with increased rates of STIs in San Francisco youth with the end goal of designing age-appropriate and culturally-tailored prevention strategies to reduce their risk and acquisition of STIs.

Publications: 

Reducing Cancer and Cancer Disparities: Lessons From a Youth-Generated Diabetes Prevention Campaign.

American journal of preventive medicine

Schillinger D, Ling PM, Fine S, Boyer CB, Rogers E, Vargas RA, Bibbins-Domingo K, Chou WS

Structural and Community Change Outcomes of the Connect-to-Protect Coalitions: Trials and Triumphs Securing Adolescent Access to HIV Prevention, Testing, and Medical Care.

American journal of community psychology

Miller RL, Reed SJ, Chiaramonte D, Strzyzykowski T, Spring H, Acevedo-Polakovich ID, Chutuape K, Cooper-Walker B, Boyer CB, Ellen JM

Evaluating Testing Strategies for Identifying Youths With HIV Infection and Linking Youths to Biomedical and Other Prevention Services.

JAMA pediatrics

Miller RL, Boyer CB, Chiaramonte D, Lindeman P, Chutuape K, Cooper-Walker B, Kapogiannis BG, Wilson CM, Fortenberry JD

Creating Youth-Supportive Communities: Outcomes from the Connect-to-Protect(®) (C2P) Structural Change Approach to Youth HIV Prevention.

Journal of youth and adolescence

Miller RL, Janulis PF, Reed SJ, Harper GW, Ellen J, Boyer CB

A Tailored Approach to Launch Community Coalitions Focused on Achieving Structural Changes: Lessons Learned From a HIV Prevention Mobilization Study.

Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP

Chutuape KS, Willard N, Walker BC, Boyer CB, Ellen J

Call for Papers on Adolescent and Young Adult Health.

JAMA pediatrics

Joffe A, Boyer CB, Britto MT

Targeting Structural Change for HIV Prevention: A Process and Tool for Community Application.

Health promotion practice

Willard N, Chutuape K, Stewart-Campbell R, Boyer CB, Ellen J

Evaluation of the effect of human immunodeficiency virus-related structural interventions: the connect to protect project.

JAMA pediatrics

Ellen JM, Greenberg L, Willard N, Korelitz J, Kapogiannis BG, Monte D, Boyer CB, Harper GW, Henry-Reid LM, Friedman LB, Gonin R

Leadership in adolescent health: developing the next generation of maternal child health leaders through mentorship.

Maternal and child health journal

Blood EA, Trent M, Gordon CM, Goncalves A, Resnick M, Fortenberry JD, Boyer CB, Richardson L, Emans SJ

A comparison of network-based strategies for screening at-risk Hispanic/Latino adolescents and young adults for undiagnosed asymptomatic HIV infection.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Boyer CB, Robles-Schrader GM, Li SX, Miller RL, Korelitz J, Price GN, Rivera Torres CM, Chutuape KS, Stines SJ, Straub DM, Peralta L, Febo I, Hightow-Weidman L, Gonin R, Kapogiannis BG, Ellen JM

An Exploration of the Sexual Behaviors of Emerging Adult Men Attending a Historically Black College/University.

Journal of black sexuality and relationships

Younge SN, Boyer CB, Geter A, Barker JC, Corneille M

An assessment of the feasibility and acceptability of a friendship-based social network recruitment strategy to screen at-risk African American and Hispanic/Latina young women for HIV infection.

JAMA pediatrics

Boyer CB, Hightow-Weidman L, Bethel J, Li SX, Henry-Reid L, Futterman D, Maturo D, Straub DM, Howell K, Reid S, Lowe J, Kapogiannis BG, Ellen JM

Psychosocial Outcomes of Sexual Risk Reduction in a Brief Intervention for Urban African American Female Adolescents.

Journal of HIV/AIDS & social services

Bangi A, Dolcini MM, Harper GW, Boyer CB, Pollack LM

Assessing AIDS Risk Reduction Model Psychosocial Outcomes in a Brief Intervention for Urban African American Female Adolescents

Journal of HIV/AIDS & social services

Bangi AK, Dolcini MM, Harper GW, Boyer CB, Pollack LM

Text-messaging-enhanced HIV intervention for African American adolescents: a feasibility study.

The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC

Cornelius JB, Dmochowski J, Boyer C, St Lawrence J, Lightfoot M, Moore M

Influences on Sexual Partnering Among African American Adolescents With Concurrent Sexual Relationships.

Research in human development

Reed SJ, Bangi A, Sheon N, Harper GW, Catania JA, Richards KA, Dolcini MM, Boyer CB

Sexual Health Information Networks: What are Urban African American Youth Learning?

Research in human development

Dolcini MM, Catania JA, Harper GW, Boyer CB, Richards KA

"It Takes a Village:" Familial Messages Regarding Dating Among African American Adolescents.

Research in human development

Harper GW, Timmons A, Motley DN, Tyler DH, Catania JA, Boyer CB, Dolcini MM

African American Adolescent Females' Perceptions of Neighborhood Safety, Familial Strategies, and Sexual Debut.

Research in human development

Choby AA, Dolcini MM, Catania JA, Boyer CB, Harper GW

One-year contraceptive continuation and pregnancy in adolescent girls and women initiating hormonal contraceptives.

Obstetrics and gynecology

Raine TR, Foster-Rosales A, Upadhyay UD, Boyer CB, Brown BA, Sokoloff A, Harper CC

Development and pretesting multimedia HIV-prevention text messages for mobile cell phone delivery.

The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC

Cornelius JB, Cato M, Lawrence JS, Boyer CB, Lightfoot M

Contraceptive decision-making in sexual relationships: young men's experiences, attitudes and values.

Culture, health & sexuality

Raine TR, Gard JC, Boyer CB, Haider S, Brown BA, Ramirez Hernandez FA, Harper CC

Project ORE: A friendship-based intervention to prevent HIV/STI in urban African American adolescent females.

Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education

Dolcini MM, Harper GW, Boyer CB, Pollack LM

Attitudes toward the vaginal ring and transdermal patch among adolescents and young women.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Raine TR, Epstein LB, Harper CC, Brown BA, Boyer CB

Health risk behavior of youth in foster care.

Journal of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing : official publication of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, Inc

Gramkowski B, Kools S, Paul S, Boyer CB, Monasterio E, Robbins N

Predictors of one-year attrition in female Marine Corps recruits.

Military medicine

Pollack LM, Boyer CB, Betsinger K, Shafer MA

Evaluation of a prevention intervention to reduce HIV Risk among Angolan soldiers.

AIDS and behavior

Bing EG, Cheng KG, Ortiz DJ, Ovalle-Bahamón RE, Ernesto F, Weiss RE, Boyer CB

Acquisition of Chlamydia trachomatis by young women during their first year of military service.

Sexually transmitted diseases

Shafer MA, Boyer CB, Pollack LM, Moncada J, Chang YJ, Schachter J

Preliminary findings on a brief friendship-based HIV/STI intervention for urban African American youth: project ORE.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Dolcini MM, Harper GW, Boyer CB, Watson SE, Anderson M, Pollack LM, Chang JY

HIV prevention education and testing among youth: is there a correlation?

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Straub DM, Pomputius P, Boyer CB, Someillan NS, Perrin K

Sexual behaviors after universal screening of sexually transmitted infections in healthy young women.

Obstetrics and gynecology

Hwang LY, Shafer MA, Pollack LM, Chang YJ, Boyer CB

Correlates of sexually transmitted infections in women: Reply to Handsfield and Marrazzo

Journal of Infectious Diseases

Boyer CB, Shafer MA, Pollack LM, Canchola J, Moncada J, Schachter

Youth United Through Health Education: community-level, peer-led outreach to increase awareness and improve noninvasive sexually transmitted infection screening in urban African American youth.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Boyer CB, Sieverding J, Siller J, Gallaread A, Chang YJ

Acquisition of sexually transmitted infections in adolescents attending an urban, general HMO teen clinic.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Boyer CB, Sebro NS, Wibbelsman C, Shafer MA

Sociodemographic markers and behavioral correlates of sexually transmitted infections in a nonclinical sample of adolescent and young adult women.

The Journal of infectious diseases

Boyer CB, Shafer MA, Pollack LM, Canchola J, Moncada J, Schachter J

Youth united through health education: building capacity through a community collaborative intervention to prevent HIV/STD in adolescents residing in a high STD prevalent neighborhood.

AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education

Sieverding J, Boyer CB, Siller J, Gallaread A, Krone M, Chang YJ

Evaluation of a cognitive-behavioral, group, randomized controlled intervention trial to prevent sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies in young women.

Preventive medicine

Boyer CB, Shafer MA, Shaffer RA, Brodine SK, Pollack LM, Betsinger K, Chang YJ, Kraft HS, Schachter J

Human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome knowledge and risk factors in Ethiopian military personnel.

Military medicine

Bakhireva LN, Abebe Y, Brodine SK, Kraft HS, Shaffer RA, Boyer CB

Adolescents' self-efficacy to communicate about sex: its role in condom attitudes, commitment, and use.

Adolescence

Halpern-Felsher BL, Kropp RY, Boyer CB, Tschann JM, Ellen JM

Bacterial vaginosis in sexually experienced and non-sexually experienced young women entering the military.

Obstetrics and gynecology

Yen S, Shafer MA, Moncada J, Campbell CJ, Flinn SD, Boyer CB

Correlates of sexually transmitted diseases in a young male deployed military population.

Military medicine

Shafer MA, Boyer CB, Shaffer RA, Schachter J, Ito SI, Brodine SK

Chlamydial infection and unplanned pregnancy in women with ready access to health care.

Obstetrics and gynecology

Thomas AG, Brodine SK, Shaffer R, Shafer MA, Boyer CB, Putnam S, Schachter J

Prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV in young military men: evaluation of a cognitive-behavioral skills-building intervention.

Sexually transmitted diseases

Boyer CB, Shafer MA, Shaffer RA, Brodine SK, Ito SI, Yniguez DL, Benas DM, Schachter J

Sociodemographic, behavioral, and clinical factors associated with STDs in a national sample of women entering the US military

ISSTDR: Sexually Transmitted Infections

Boyer CB, Shafer MA, Moncada J, Schachter J, Shaffer RA, Brodine SK

Adolescent violence prevention practices among California pediatricians.

Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine

Chaffee TA, Bridges M, Boyer CB

Associations of sociodemographic, psychosocial, and behavioral factors with sexual risk and sexually transmitted diseases in teen clinic patients.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Boyer CB, Shafer M, Wibbelsman CJ, Seeberg D, Teitle E, Lovell N

Social factors play a major role in making you people sexual risk-takers

Family planning perspectives

Boyer CB, Tschann JM, Shafer MA

Predictors of risk for sexually transmitted diseases in ninth grade urban high school students.

Journal of adolescent research

Boyer CB, Tschann JM, Shafer MA

Sexually transmitted diseases in a health maintenance organization teen clinic: associations of race, partner's age, and marijuana use.

Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine

Boyer CB, Shafer MA, Teitle E, Wibbelsman CJ, Seeberg D, Schachter J

Asymptomatic sexually transmitted disease prevalence in four military populations: application of DNA amplification assays for Chlamydia and gonorrhea screening.

The Journal of infectious diseases

Brodine SK, Shafer MA, Shaffer RA, Boyer CB, Putnam SD, Wignall FS, Thomas RJ, Bales B, Schachter J

Risk factors for repeated gonococcal infections: San Francisco, 1990-1992.

The Journal of infectious diseases

Klausner JD, Barrett DC, Dithmer D, Boyer CB, Brooks GF, Bolan G

Perceptions of sexual partners' risk behavior

Journal of sex research

Ellen JM, Vittinghoff E, Bolan G, Boyer CB, Padian NS

Types of adolescent sexual relationships and associated perceptions about condom use.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Ellen JM, Cahn S, Eyre SL, Boyer CB

Adolescents' perceived risk for STDs and HIV infection.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Ellen JM, Boyer CB, Tschann JM, Shafer MA

Evaluation of urine-based screening strategies to detect Chlamydia trachomatis among sexually active asymptomatic young males.

JAMA

Shafer MA, Schachter J, Moncada J, Keogh J, Pantell R, Gourlay L, Eyre S, Boyer CB

An evaluation of an AIDS risk reduction education and skills training (ARREST) program.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Kipke MD, Boyer C, Hein K

Evaluation of non-specific and specific screening strategies to detect C trachomatis among sexually active asymptomatic young men

JAMA

Shafer MA, Schachter J, Moncada J, Keogh J, Pantell R, Gourlay L, Eyre S, Boyer CB

Infections B Chlamydia trachomatis chez l'adolescent: Une antibiotherapie bien conduite est efficace

Journal of the American Medical Association-French

Shafer MA, Schachter J, Moncada J, Keogh J, Pantell R, Gourlay L, Eyre S, Boyer CB

AIDS risk and prevention among adolescents.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Boyer CB, Kegeles SM

Social support and demographic factors influencing compliance of hemodialysis patients

Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Boyer CB, Friend R, Chlowerakis G, Kaloyanides G

Adolescent Pediatric Gynecology

AIDS education and the adolescent: Where have we been and where are we going?

Schlossberger N, Boyer CB, Shafer MA

Minorities and AIDS: knowledge, attitudes, and misconceptions among black and Latino adolescents.

American journal of public health

DiClemente RJ, Boyer CB, Morales ES

Prevention of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: International perspectives

Health Education Research: Theory and Practice

DiClemente R, Boyer C, Mills S, Helquist M