Rhonda Boyd, Ph.D. Psychologist

Dr. Boyd’s research focuses on maternal depression and the prevention of mental health problems in at-risk youth. In regards to maternal depression, she has conducted research focusing on three major lines that are interrelated: 1) developmental psychopathology research on children of depressed mothers; 2) preventive intervention development and clinical trials for depressed mothers and their families, 3) postpartum depression in low income women. Her expertise is in providing cognitive-behavioral therapy, especially with child internalizing disorders. She specializes in treatment and prevention of depression in children of depressed parents. She has implemented empirically validated cognitive behavioral depression interventions for at-risk and depressed youth.




Other Titles: 
Psychologist - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine


B.Sc. – Brown University – 1992 – Psychology
M.A. – University of Iowa – 1995 – Psychology
Ph.D. – University of Iowa – 1998 – Psychology
Postdoctoral Training – School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Selected Publications

  1. Boyd RC, Scharko AM, Cole JC, Patterson CA, Benton TD, Power TJ. Training Pediatric Psychologists for Perinatal Behavioral Health Services in a Pediatric Hospital. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2015 Nov 3. [Epub ahead of print]

  2. Apter AJ, Garcia LA, Boyd RC, Wang X, Bogen DK, Ten Have T. Exposure to community violence is associated with asthma hospitalizations and emergency department visits. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010 Sep;126(3):552-7.

  3. Boyd RC, Gillham JE. Review of Interventions for Parental Depression from Toddlerhood to Adolescence. Curr Psychiatry Rev. 2009 Nov 1;5(4):226-235. Read abstract.

  4. Boyd RC, Chen E, Benton T. A pilot investigation of the rates and predictors of mental health services utilization among depressed African American mothers and their children. J Natl Med Assoc. 2009 Nov;101(11):1096-103.

  5. Boyd RC, Wooden TD, Munro MA, Liu T, Ten Have T. The Impact of Community Violence Exposure on Anxiety in Children of Mothers with Depression. J Child Adolesc Trauma. 2008 Dec 1;1(4):287-299.

  6. Boyd RC, Diamond GS, Bourjolly JN. Developing a family-based depression prevention program in urban community mental health clinics: a qualitative investigation. Fam Process. 2006 Jun;45(2):187-203.

  7. Apter, A.J., Wan, F., Reisine, S., Bogen, D.K., Rand, C., Bender, B., Bennett, I. M., Gonzalez, R., Priolo, C., Sonnad, S.S., Bryant-Stephens, T., Ferguson, M., Boyd, R.C., Ten Have, T., Roy, J. Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness of patient advocates for improving adult asthma outcomes. Journal of Asthma. 2013.

  8. Boyd, R.C., Tervo-Clemmens, B. Exploring maternal and child effects of comorbid anxiety disorders among African American mothers with depression. Journal of Depression & Anxiety. 2013.

  9. Boyd, R.C., Waanders, C. Protective factors for depression among African American children of predominantly low-income mothers with depression. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2013.

  10. Boyd, R.C., Mogul, M., Newman, D., Coyne, J.C. Screening and referral for postpartum depression among low-income women: A qualitative perspective from community health workers. Depression Research and Treatment. 2011.

  11. Boyd, R.C., Diamond, G.S., Ten Have, T.R. Emotional and behavioral functioning of offspring of African American mothers with depression. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 2011.

  12. Boyd, R.C., Joe, S., Michalopoulos, L., Davis, E., Jackson, J.S. Prevalence of mood disorders and mental service use among U.S. mothers by race and ethnicity: Results from the national survey of American life. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2011.

  13. Benton, T., Boyd, R., Ifeagwu, J., Feldtmose, E., Smith-Whitley, K. Psychiatric diagnosis in adolescents with sickle cell disease: A preliminary report. Current Psychiatry Reports. 2011.

  14. Boyd, R. C., Chen, E. & Benton, T. A pilot investigation of the rates and predictors of mental health services utilization among depressed African-American mothers and their children. Journal of the National Medical Association. Vol 101. 2009:1096-1103.