Marcella H. Boynton, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina (Affiliate)

Deputy Director, Biostatistics Core, Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication

Research Overview

As a graduate student, I have been able to blend my interests in biology and medicine with social psychological theories and traditions. The result is a research track primarily devoted to the prediction and change of health behaviors. To date I have conducted meta-analyses on the prevention and cessation of smoking, the efficacy of safer sex interventions, and the psychological antecedents most predictive of condom use and exercise. In addition, I recently defended my master’s thesis, which was a primary-level study examining the structure and function of forty-eight different behaviors, many of which are health-related. The purpose of the study was to determine the necessary components for the formation of habits and intentions.

I also am keenly interested in the development and application of innovative statistical techniques, including the refinement of appropriate methodologies for structural equation modeling of meta-analytic data, longitudinal modeling, multilevel modeling, and linear/logistic regression analyses.


Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2009
M.A., University of Connecticut, 2005 (psychology)
B.A., Purdue University, 2003 (psychology and French)

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Health Behavior
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
CB #7440
309 Rosenau Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication
200 N. Greensboro Street, Suite D-15
CB# 7424
Carrboro, NC 27510