Kendal C. Boyd, PhD, MA | School of Behavioral Health | Loma Linda University
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Dr. Kendal Boyd

Associate Chair, Department of Psychology
Associate Professor, Psychology
Director of Clinical Training, PsyD Program

Contact Information

Phone 909-558-8574
Fax 909-558-0171

Department of Psychology
Loma Linda University, Central Building, Office 121
11130 Anderson St., Loma Linda, CA  92350


  • PhD, Psychology - Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, 1999
  • MA, Theology - Fuller Theological Seminary, 1998

Areas of Specialization

  • Spirituality/religion in psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Factor analysis

Professional Memberships and Licenses

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • American Psychological Association
  • California Licensed Psychologist

Recent Publications and Presentations


  • Boyd, K. C. (2020). Belief in free will is beneficial. In P. Clayton & J. W. Walters (Eds.), What’s Up With Free Will: Ethics and Religion After Neuroscience (pp. 38-47). Eugene, OR: Cascade.


  • Boyd, K. C. (2019, November 18). What is a Psychologist? Presentation given to the Career Development class at Loma Linda Academy, Loma Linda, CA. 
  • Emerson, N. D., Morrell, H. R., Mahtani, N., Sanderson, L., Neece, C., Boyd, K. C., & Distelberg, B. (2018). Preliminary validation of a self‐efficacy scale for pediatric chronic illness. Child: Care, Health And Development, doi:10.1111/cch.12551
  • Boyd, K.C. (2017, May). Social Science: The Belief in Free Will is Healthy. Paper presented at the conference What’s With Free Will? Ethics and Religion After Neuroscience; Loma Linda, CA.
  • Mahtani, N., Emerson, N. D, Morell, E. R., Neece, C., Boyd, K. C., & Distelberg, B. (2017, August). Preliminary Validation of the Pediatric Rating of Chronic Illness Self-Efficacy. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54) programming for the 2017 Annual American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C.
  • Emerson, N. D, Mahtani, N., Morell, E. R., Neece, C., Boyd, K. C., & Distelberg, B. (2017, May). Predictors of Self-Efficacy in Pediatric Chronic Illness: The Role of Race, Parent Education, and Self-Reported Depression. Poster presented at the 29th Annual Association for Psychological Science Conference in Boston, MA. 
  • Norseth, C. & Boyd, K. C. (2017, April). Depressive Symptoms and Attitudes toward Professional Help-Seeking in College Student-Athletes. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association; Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Boyd, K. C. (2016, January). Psychology and religion as close friends: A model of integration. Presentation to the Psychology Department of La Sierra University.
  • Westbrook, C., Wolfe, M., & Boyd, K. C. (2015, August). Chronic Medical Conditions in Younger Military Veterans. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association; Toronto, ON.
  • Wolfe, M., Boyd, K. C., & Westbrook, C. (2015, April/May). Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients: The Relationship Between Pain, Depression, and Family Health. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association; Las Vegas, NV.
  • Pefanco, C. L. J., & Boyd, K. C. (2015, April). Psychometric Evaluation of the Self-Care Self-Efficacy Assessment Tool. Poster presented at the annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference of the Western Institute of Nursing; Albuquerque, NM.

Community Engagement

  • Crosswalk Seventh-day Adventist Church, Board Member (2015-2016)
  • Loma Linda Youth Baseball & Softball, Founding President (2013-2015) and Treasurer (2016)
  • Western Psychological Association Convention Presentation Peer Reviewer (2007-2014)
  • Loma Linda Little League, President (2011-2012)