The UNC School of Medicine's Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS) has appointed Brian A. Boyd, PhD, as Associate Chair for Research, effective February 1, 2017. In this role, Boyd will lead the department's Office of Research, whose researchers generate knowledge, prepare scientists, and build evidence-based interventions for health, well-being, and social participation.
Boyd came to the UNC system as a post-doctoral fellow in 2005 at the UNC School of Medicine, and he currently is an Associate Professor in the department’s Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. He joined the faculty in August 2009. Prior to joining UNC-CH, Boyd completed his PhD in special education from the University of Florida in 2005 and his master’s degree in special education from the University of Virginia in 2002. He earned a bachelor of science from the College of William & Mary in 1997.
Boyd's research interests primarily center on children with autism, including the development and evaluation of evidence-based practices for children with autism as well as understanding their repetitive and inflexible patterns of behavior. He is also interested in research examining underserved communities and children who are at risk for adverse developmental outcomes.
The DAHS Office of Research, established in 2010, supports faculty, doctoral students, and post-doctoral researchers across the department’s seven disciplines, two programs, and one center. The office supports researchers through grant submissions, methodological consultations, courses in research methods, and promotion of research, among other initiatives.
“In this role, I look forward to engaging researchers within the DAHS, and colleagues across the University to find innovative ways to further develop our department’s research capacity,” Boyd said. “My goal is to support and to grow the wealth of talent and expertise already found within the DAHS.”
Over the years, Boyd has worked as a practitioner of interdisciplinary team science and has developed a strong understanding of grant mechanisms and agencies. Boyd brings collaborative connections as an investigator at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, as a fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and as a colleague at the UNC School of Education, to this role.
Dr. Stephen Hooper, DAHS Associate Dean and Chair noted, “I am extremely excited about Brian assuming this important role in our department. I look forward to his guidance for ongoing development of our Office of Research. I also look forward to future endeavors to promote research collaborations within our department and with other university and community partners."