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Amy E. Boyers, Ph.D.
CURRICULUM VITAE


7325 SW 63rd Ave. #101

South Miami, FL 33143

(ofc) 786-235-900

(fax) 305-667-9880

(cell) 305-301-6139
E-mail: boyersa@bellsouth.net

Florida License PY 6563



HIGHER EDUCATION


Doctoral Degree Clinical Health Psychology, August 2000.

University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

G.P.A.: 3.86

Dissertation Title: The influence of cognitive-behavioral stress management, optimism, and coping on positive growth in women with breast cancer.
Master’s Degree Clinical Health Psychology, December 1998.

University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

G.P.A.: 3.85

Thesis Title: Factors contributing to personal growth in women with early stage breast cancer.
Bachelor of Arts Honors in Psychology, Cum Laude, May 1993

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

G.P.A.: 3.51
Honors: Summer Fellowship, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (1999)

Award of Academic Merit, University of Miami (December, 1998 &

August, 2000)

Letter of commendation from Department of Psychology for excellence on qualifying examination (Basic Science and Pathology) (October 1998).

University of Miami, Department of Defense Training Fellowship

(1995-1999).

Letter of commendation from Department of Psychology for excellence

in clinical work, research and academics (Spring 1996, Spring & Fall

1997, Spring & Fall 1998, Spring 1999).


PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

Private Practice


Miami, FL

September 2001 to present

Sole Practioner

Psychological services provided to adults with a focus on women’s health, eating

disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and behavioral medicine.
University of Miami “Coping After Treatment” Breast Cancer Research Project

Coral Gables, FL

September 2001 to December 2002

Project Director




POST-DOCTORAL SUPERVISED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE


University of Miami “Coping After Treatment” Breast Cancer Research Project

Coral Gables, FL

September 2000 to September 2001

Supervisor: Michael Antoni, Ph.D.

Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Served as Project Manager and primary therapist of an NCI-funded study that examines the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral stress management and relaxation training for women who have completed treatment for breast cancer on psychosocial, immunological, and neuroendocrine outcomes.
The Renfrew Center

Coral Gables, FL

September 2000 to September 2001

Supervisor: Gayle Brooks, Ph.D.

Position: Post-Doctoral Resident (part-time)
Served as a primary therapist in an outpatient eating disorders treatment center. Patients were adolescent and adult women with a wide variety of eating disorders. Provided individual psychotherapy and group psychotherapy to patients and their families.

PRE-DOCTORAL INTERNSHIP


University of Miami Counseling Center

Coral Gables, FL

August 1999-August 2000

Supervisors: Pamela Deroian, Ph.D.; Carolyn Eberhardt, Ph.D.; Edward Rappaport, Ph.D.

Training Director: Edward Rappaport, Ph.D.

Position: Pre-doctoral Intern
Provided brief therapy, long-term counseling, and crisis intervention for individuals experiencing the full spectrum of psychopathology and developmental issues in a university setting. In addition to therapy, also conducted psychoeducational, personality, and career/interest assessments, participated in campus outreach activities, and developed programming for the University community.

Mt. Sinai Hospital, Rehabilitation Unit


Miami Beach, FL

May 2000-August 2000

Supervisor: Lynn Schram, Ph.D.

Position: Pre-doctoral Intern
This experience was included as a summer rotation in the University of Miami Counseling Center Internship program. Provided supportive psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessments to a geriatric population receiving inpatient rehabilitation.

SUPERVISED GRADUATE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE


Miami Veterans Administration--Spinal Cord Injury Unit and Behavioral Medicine

Miami, FL

September 1998-May 1999

Supervisor: Richard Simon, Ph.D.

Position: Clinical Psychology Practicum Student
Evaluated and treated medical patients referred for acute psychological problems on spinal cord injury unit. Worked with a population presenting with numerous medical and psychological problems associated with spinal cord injury, amputations, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, and compliance and adjustment problems to medical illness. Also co-led several smoking cessation groups for VAMC patients.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center & Jackson Memorial Hospital--Oncology

Miami, FL

September 1997-December 1997

Supervisors: Avis Bernstein, Ph.D. (Primary) and Alicia Ceballos, Ph.D.

Position: Clinical Psychology Practicum Student
Provided psychological services to outpatient radiation oncology and inpatient cancer patients. Also responsible for conducting psychological assessments of new inpatients to determine necessity of further psychosocial services.



Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center--Nursing Home

Miami, FL

January 1997-August 1997

Supervisors: Peter Goldsmith, Ph.D. (Primary) & Colleen West, Ph.D.

Position: Clinical Psychology Practicum Student
Provided supportive and insight-focused therapy to inpatients of the VA Medical Center Nursing Home. A secondary rotation was conducted in the Hospice Unit providing supportive and palliative care to dying veterans and their families. Also conducted brief neuropsychological assessments nursing home patients.
Community Outpatient Psychological Services Center

Department of Psychology, University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

May 1996-May 1999

Supervisors: Kim Fuller, Ph.D., Adele Hayes, Ph.D., Peter Mundy, Ph.D., Barbara Goldman, Ph.D, Walter Scott, Ph.D., Paul Blaney, Ph.D., Sheri Johnson, Ph.D.

Position: Clinical Psychology Practicum Student
Conducted psychological testing and provided psychotherapy in a community mental health center to both children and adults.

RELATED GRADUATE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE


B-SMART (Stress Management and Relaxation Training for Breast Cancer patients)

Department of Psychology, University of Miami

September 1995-May 1999

Supervisor: Michael Antoni, Ph.D.
Co-therapist of several 10-week, cognitive-behavioral, psychoeducational intervention for women with early stage breast cancer. Areas covered in the intervention include: relaxation training (Progressive Muscle Relaxation, guided imagery, deep breathing exercises), identifying stress, rational thought replacement, coping, anger management, assertiveness training and utilizing social support.
Life Events, Social Support and Bipolar Disorder

Department of Psychology, University of Miami

July 1997-May 1999

Supervisor: Sheri Johnson, Ph.D.

Funded by National Institute of Mental Health
Trained to conduct standardized, semi-structured, symptom severity interviews using the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, Bech Rafaelson Mania Scale and Brief Psychosis Rating Scale with bipolar individuals. Follow-up assessments for participants were conducted on a monthly basis for 24 months.
Coping with Depression Study

Department of Psychology, University of Miami

December 1998-April 1999

Supervisor: Sheri Johnson, Ph.D.

PI’s: John Roberts, Ph.D. (SUNY-Buffalo) and Sheri Johnson, Ph.D. (University of Miami)

Position: Assessment and Therapy Student
A longitudinal study of recovery and relapse for individuals with major depression. Conducted comprehensive assessments including the SCID and the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression. Also co-led a behavioral group treatment of depression for 12 weeks.

GRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE



University of Miami Coping and Recovery Project


Department of Psychology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

August 1995-August 1999

Principal Investigators: Michael Antoni, Ph.D. and Charles Carver, Ph.D.

Funded by United States Department of Defense

Position: Research Assistant
The first phase of this project focused on coping and adjustment processes in early stage breast cancer patients in their first year post-treatment. The second phase of this project focuses improving adjustment of young, early stage breast cancer survivors. Responsibilities included data collection, data entry, developing subject recruitment strategies, subject recruitment, abstract submission and manuscript preparation. Also acted as co-therapist of the group intervention.


RELATED RESEARCH EXPERIENCE



Couples Coping with Cancer and Chemotherapy


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

June 1994-July 1995

Principle Investigator: Sharon Manne, Ph.D.

Funded by National Cancer Institute

Position: Research Assistant
Managed longitudinal study of how couples cope with cancer and chemotherapy treatment. Subjects had breast and GI cancers at a variety of stages and were recruited from the MSKCC clinics. Responsibilities included subject recruitment, data management, and patient follow-up.

Senior Honors Thesis

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Thesis Title: Differences between Depression and Anxiety in Aversion to Risk

September 1992-May 1993

Supervisors: Jonathan Baron, Ph.D. and Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.
Study investigated the differing relationships of depression and anxiety to risk aversion. Responsibilities included creation of risk aversion questionnaire, subject recruitment,

implementation of psychological measures, data collection, analysis and write up. Received the Miles J. Murphy Award for outstanding research by a senior.

APEX Project

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


September 1991-December 1992

Primary Investigator: Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.

Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant
This project screened all incoming for pessimistic explanatory style as a risk factor for depression. Subjects were then further assessed for psychopathology, particularly depression. Involved in preliminary screening of subjects and randomization to intervention or control groups.

Laboratory of Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


January 1991-May 1991

Supervisor: Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.

Position: Research Assistant
Worked on various research projects with graduate students. Trained in Causal Attributions of Verbatim Extractions (CAVE) analysis for two projects. Also provided data management support.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Department of Psychology, University of Miami

2004-presentClinical Supervisor for Clinical Psychology Graduate Students
Department of Psychology, University of Miami

Spring 1998, Fall 2002

Psychology 352, Abnormal Psychology

LECTURES



Promoting Healthy Body Image and Healthy Eating in Younger Children

Bet Shira Early Childhood Center
Surviving Sexual Abuse (August 2008)

Agape Women’s Center
Understanding the Diagnostic Criteria of Personality Disorders (July 2008)

Oliver-Pyatt Center
Opening a Private Practice (March 2004, July 2006-2008)

University of Miami Counseling Center
Eating Disorders, Diagnosis and Treatment (October 2003 and 2004)

Psychology Rounds, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Relaxation Basics (April 2003)

The Day of Caring, Miami, FL



Stress Management for Breast Cancer Survivors (April 2002)

The Day of Caring, Miami, FL

Cancer and the Family (November 2002)

The Wellness Community, Miami, FL



PRESENTATIONS


Eisenberg, A., Lehman, J.M., Antoni, M.H., & Carver, C.S. (1997, April). Do breast cancer patients experiencing increased positive contributions to life after diagnosis report less mood disturbance? Poster presented at the eighteenth annual scientific sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.
Manne, S., Eisenberg, A., & Miller, D. (1997, April). Predictors of coping efficacy among cancer patients. Poster presented at the eighteenth annual scientific sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.
Eisenberg, A., Lehman, J.M., Antoni, M.H., & Carver, C.S. (1997, August). Positive life contributions made by breast cancer. Poster presented at the 105th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
Boyers, A., Antoni, M.H., & Carver, C.S. (1998, March). How does optimism predict emotional growth in breast cancer patients? Poster presented at the American Psychosomatic Society Annual Convention, Clearwater, FL.
MacGregor, B.A., Antoni, M.H., Carver, C.S., Weiss, S., Boyers, A., & Blomberg, B. (1998, April). Distress and immune function in early stage breast cancer patients within two months of surgery and immediately prior to a CBSM intervention. Poster presented at the nineteenth annual scientific sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
Boyers, A., Antoni, M.H., Weiss, S., Carver, C.S. (1998, March) Ethnic differences in coping and personal growth in early stage breast cancer patients. Abstract presented at American Psychosomatic Society Annual Convention, Vancouver, B.C.
Cruess, D.G., Antoni, M.H., McGregor, B., Boyers, A., Alferi, S., Schneiderman, N., Kumar, M., Fernandez, J.B., Carver, C. (1998, March). Cognitive behavioral stress management reduces cortisol levels and enhances positive personal growth in women with breast cancer. Paper presented at American Psychosomatic Society Annual Convention, Vancouver, B.C.
Culver, J. L., Alferi, S. M., Boyers, A. E., Carver, C. S., Antoni, M. H., & Kilbourn, K. M. (1999, November). Ethnic differences in coping strategies and the impact of illness on breast cancer patients: Disruption of sexual relations, social interactions, and recreational pastimes. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Advancement for

Behavior Therapy, Toronto, Canada.

PUBLICATIONS


Antoni, M.H., Lehman, J.L., Kilbourn, K.M., Boyers, A.E., Yount, S.E., Culver, J.L., Alferi, S.M., McGregor, B.A., Arena, P.L., Harris, S.D., Price, A.A., & Carver, C.S. (2001). Cognitive-behavioral stress management intervention decreases the prevalence of depression and enhances benefit finding among women under treatment for early-stage breast cancer. Health Psychology, 20, 20-32.
Cruess, D., Antoni, M.H., McGregor, B., Kilbourn, K., Boyers, A., Alferi, S.M., Carver, C.S., & Kumar, M. (2000). Cognitive behavioral stress management reduces serum cortisol by enhancing positive contributions among women being treated for early-stage breast cancer. Psychosomatic Medicine, 62, 304-308.
Cruess, D., Antoni, M.H., McGregor, B.A., Kilbourn, K.M., Boyers, A., Alferi, S., Carver, C.S., Duran, R., & Kumar, M. (2001). Effects of stress management on testosterone levels in women with breast cancer. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine,8, 194-207.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


American Psychological Association

APA Division 12: Clinical Psychology

Florida Psychological Association

Academy for Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association

International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
Affiliate Training Staff, University of Miami Counseling Center

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Miami Department of Psychology

Consulting Psychologist, Oliver Pyatt Center (Comprehensive Treatment Center for Eating Disorders in South Miami, FL)
REFERENCES


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