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Lisa Boyce

Lisa Boyce, PhD

Professor, Executive Director, DDE Center for Early Care and Education

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Lisa Boyce is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Executive Director of the Dolores Doré Eccles Center for Early Care and Education at Utah State University. She teaches Parenting and Child Guidance at the undergraduate level and Introduction to Program Evaluation at the graduate level. Her research interests focus on developing and researching prevention and intervention supports for families, preschool teachers, and child care providers to promote children’s development within the context of providers’ mental health, cultural background, socioeconomic status, English language ability and other relevant factors. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family hiking in Southern Utah and biking around the valley.


  • PhD in Family and Human Development, Utah State University, 1999
  • MEd in Psychological Services, Idaho State University, 1992
  • BS in Psychology, Idaho State University, 1991

Research Interests

My research interests include early language development, dual language learners, executive functioning, parent (both mothers and fathers) supports of children's language and regulation skills especially in at-risk populations, program evaluation, early childhood professional development, and early intervention. My research is primarily quantitative with at-risk populations examining both indicators of resiliency as well as risk factors for children’s development with the goal to develop or enhance intervention strategies to improve outcomes for children.

Current Research Activities

Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) project and evaluation.
This project is funded by the US Department of Education to assist Pell-grant eligible student parents to complete their bachelor degrees by providing child care subsidies and support services. Current project efforts are focused on assisting child care programs (both center and family) to work toward national accreditation, providing parenting support resources, conducting child developmental assessments, conducting child care quality observations, collecting parent well-being data, and reporting and dissemination activities.

Parenting and Child Development in Ecuador
I am currently working with several colleagues at USU and in Ecuador on a study to examine family risk and protective factors that influence the development of young children in diverse families in Ecuador.  The identification of these risk and protective factors will be used to help with the creation of targeted interventions to promote young children's development in a variety of geographical (e.g. highlands, coast, Amazon jungle) and family contexts.

I am interested in working with students in any of the research areas listed above or in other related areas. I am very willing to listen to students’ ideas and explore related lines of research.