Dr David Boyda

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Email address: D.Boyda@wlv.ac.ukPhone number: 01902 518508Location: MC318Faculty: Faculty of Education Health & WellbeingSchool/Institute: Institute of Human SciencesAreas of expertise:

Childhood / Adult trauma, Attachment, Psychosis, Mental health, Suicidal behaviours.
Mplus and structural equation modelling.

About

Background

David obtained his PhD in September 2015 at Ulster under the guidance of Professor Mark Shevlin and has conducted research examining the relationship between psychological trauma and the development of psychotic-like experiences and symptoms. David has published a number of research papers from his thesis and at present, continues to examine the environmental correlates associated with the experience of child and adult maltreatment and poor mental health outcomes. Soon after completing his PhD, David accepted a position with Ulster University as a post-doctoral researcher examining the mental health of military veterans and their families. During that time, David also began developing a strong interest in factors which may influence individuals to participate in suicidal behaviours (ideation, plan, gesture, attempt), and has successfully published in this area. 

Research interests

My research is primarily focused on mental health, but specifically, the effects of adverse life experiences in childhood and adulthood including the varied factors which may influence poor psychiatric outcomes. In addition, I have a strong interest in suicide (thoughts and behaviours), and how or why individuals may transition along the continuum of suicide towards enactment. I have also recently developed a strong interest in male mental health and plan to integrate this strand of research directly into my suicide research.

I am a quantitative methodologist and have a special interest in Mplus and Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) (Path Analysis, Latent Class Analysis, Latent Profile Analysis, Mediation, Logistic Mediation analysis).

Current projects

A population-based analysis of trauma, psychosis, and suicide: evidence, pathways, and implications.
This project examines the relationship between polyvictimization across the life span, psychotic symptomology and the risk of 12month attempted suicide.

The Role of Stressful life Events and Emotion Regulation in Self-Harm.
This project intends to examine the degree to which stressful life events contribute to emotion dysregulation and self-harm.
PhD Students

Danielle Hitchens:
The Role of Stressful Life-Events and Emotion Regulation in Self-Harm

Milena Fernandes Aguilera:
A contemporary examination of interventions for survivors of domestic violence: exploring the role of life engagement on long-lasting effects of recovery from domestic violence.

Membership of professional bodies

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Qualifications

B.Sc. Honors Psychology 1:1
PhD Psychology
PGCert HEA

Publications

Published

Boyda, D., McFeeters, D., Dhingra, K., & Rhoden, L. (2018). Childhood maltreatment and psychotic experiences: Exploring the specificity of early maladaptive schemas. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 0(0).

Boyda, D., Feeters, D. M., Dhingra, K., Galbraith, N., & Hinton, D. (2017). Parental Psychopathology, Adult Attachment and Risk of 12-Month Suicidal Behaviours. Psychiatry Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2017.11.084

Burns, C. R., Lagdon, S., Boyda, D., & Armour, C. (2016.). Interpersonal polyvictimization and mental health in males. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2016.04.002

Boyda, D., & McFeeters, D. (2015). Childhood maltreatment and social functioning in adults with sub-clinical psychosis. Psychiatry Research. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2015.01.023

Boyda, D., McFeeters, D., & Shevlin, M. (2015). Intimate partner violence, sexual abuse, and the mediating role of loneliness on psychosis. Psychosis Journal. doi:10.1080/17522439.2014.917433

 McFeeters, D., Boyda, D., & O`Neill, S. (2015). Patterns of stressful life Events: Distinguishing suicide ideators from suicide attempters. Journal of Affective Disorders. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2014.12.034

Mc Hugh, R., McFeeters, D., Boyda, D., O’Neill, S. (2015). Coping styles in adults with cystic fibrosis: implications for emotional and social quality of life. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 1–11.

Shevlin, M., Boyda, D., Houston, J., & Murphy, J. (2015). Measurement of the psychosis continuum: Modelling the frequency and distress of subclinical psychotic experiences. Psychosis Journal, 0(0), 1–11. doi:10.1080/17522439.2014.931451

Shevlin, M., Boyda, D., Elklit, A., & Murphy, S. (2014). Adult attachment styles and the psychological response to infant bereavement. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 5(0). doi:10.3402/ejpt.v5.23295

Boyda, D., Shevlin, M., Mallett, J., Murphy, J., & Houston, J. (2012). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire -brief: An alternative models approach. Psychosis Journal, 1-10. doi:10.1080/17522439.2012.670259

Boyda, D., & Shevlin, M. (2011). Childhood victimisation as a predictor of muscle dysmorphia in adult male bodybuilders. The Irish Journal of Psychology, 32(3-4), 105-115. doi:10.1080/03033910.2011.616289

Further information

Invited talks

Boyda, D., Feeters, D. M., Dhingra, K., Galbraith, N., & Hinton, D. (2018). Parental Psychopathology, Adult Attachment and Risk of 12-Month Suicidal Behaviours. Invited talk: Presented at the 14th annual Suicide Prevention Symposium. Wolverhampton. UK, September 10th, 2018.

Boyda, D., McFeeters, D., Dhingra, K., & Rhoden, L. J. (2017). Childhood Maltreatment and Psychotic-Like Experiences: Exploring the Specificity of Early Maladaptive Experiences. Paper Presented Nottingham Trent University. UK, Oct 18th, 2017.

 

Conference presentations

Hitchens, D., Boyda, D., & McFeeters, D. (2017). The Role of Stressful Life Events and Emotion Regulation in Self-Harm. Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference. British Psychological Society. Crowne Plaza, Stratford Upon Avon.

Boyda, D., McFeeters, D., Dhingra, K., & Kelleher, I. (2017). Life Course Trauma and Psychotic Symptoms: Which Typology Confers the Highest Risk of Suicidality? The University of Wolverhampton Annual Research Conference 2017. Wolverhampton. UK.

Boyda, D., McFeeters, D., Galbraith, N., & Hinton, D. (2016). Parental Psychopathology, Offspring Attachment Style Risk of Suicidal Behaviors. Paper Presented at the Suicide and Self-Harm Early Careers Researchers Forum. The University of Glasgow. UK.

McHugh, R., Mc Feeters, D., Boyda, D., & O’Neill, S. (2015). Coping styles in adults with cystic fibrosis: implications for emotional and social quality of life. Northern Ireland British Psychological Society. Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Armour, C., Burns, C., Lagdon, S., & Boyda, D. (2015). Polyvictimisation across the life course as potential etiological factor of Psychopathology in an adult male population. Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Conference, 31stAnnual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 5th -7th November 2015.

McFeeters, D., Boyda, D., & O’Neil, S. (2014). Patterns of stressful life events: Distinguishing suicide ideators from suicide attempters. Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Conference September 2014, Derry, Northern Ireland.

Boyda, D., Shevlin, M., & Murphy, J. (2013). Distress and the structure of positive psychosis. Northern Ireland British Psychological Society Annual Conference April 2013; Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

Boyda, D., Shevlin, M., & Murphy, J. (2013). Early adversity, psychotic like experiences and phantom words. Northern Ireland British Psychological Society Annual Conference April 2013; Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

International Conference presentations

Boyda, D., Shevlin, M., & Elklit, A. (2013). Infant bereavement, adult attachment, and trauma: A latent profile analysis approach. European Health Psychology Society. Bordeaux, France

 

Funding 

Boyda., D. (2016). University of Wolverhampton. Early Researcher Award Scheme, £5000.