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Sabrina ​Boyce, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health
Sabrina Boyce is an Assistant Professor in Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health in the Community Health Sciences Division whose research focuses on gender-based violence prevention, reproductive health, and gender equity in the US and internationally.


Dr. Boyce’s research addresses gender inequity as an upstream determinant of poor health among women, adolescents, and sexual and gender minorities. Her observational research illuminates community and societal-level determinants of reproductive health and gender-based violence, with a focus on social norms and community connection. Additionally, Dr. Boyce’s research provides evidence from experimental and quasi-experimental trials on the effectiveness of real-world public health interventions, especially those addressing community and societal-level levers for prevention. Through long-term partnerships with the California Department of Public Health and many local community-based organizations,  Dr. Boyce’s research portfolio is producing practically-relevant evidence on effective sexual violence prevention in California, LGBTQ+ youth’s experiences of sexual and dating violence, and the intersection of gender-based violence and reproductive health (e.g., reproductive coercion).

Trained as an Epidemiologist at BPH and with 8+ years of experience conducting research with renowned gender equity researchers at UC San Diego’s Center on Gender Equity and Health, Dr. Boyce uses innovative and rigorous research methods and community-engaged research approaches to address research gaps that have practical relevance to public health practitioners. Some of these methods include social network sampling designs, measurement development, modern causal inference, and community-based participatory approaches. To support this research, Dr. Boyce has obtained extramural funding from NIH, CDC, US Fulbright Program, and California Department of Public Health to support her research and has worked with a range of additional funders, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Dr. Boyce also serves as a Co-Facilitator of the BPH Sexual Violence Sexual Harassment Committee.

Research Interests

  • Intimate partner violence and sexual violence prevention
  • Reproductive health (including reproductive coercion)
  • Gender inequity, including intersections of gender equity with other social inequities
  • Social norms that reinforce gender inequity
  • Adolescent health
  • LGBTQ+ populations
  • Community-engaged research


  • PhD – Epidemiology
    University of California, Berkeley
  • MPH – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BA – Human Biology
    Stanford University