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Reiko Boyd

REIKO BOYD is a doctoral candidate at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare. After receiving her MSW, she worked as a children’s social worker in public child welfare for three years.

Boyd's dissertation research examines the theoretical basis for understanding and responding to racial/ethnic disparity in the child welfare system. Her dissertation explores the relationship between place-based indicators of health status and county rates of child welfare participation for African American infants. Boyd's teaching interests include child welfare practice, social work practice, human behavior in the social environment, research methods, health disparities, community development and cultural competence and diversity.


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, May 2014

MSW, University of California, Los Angeles, June 2006

BA, University of California, Los Angeles, June 2004


Place Matters: A County-Level Study of Black Infant Health and Front-End Child Welfare Disparity

Research Interests

Child welfare services, racial/ethnic disparities in child welfare, health and social service systems, infant health and well-being, youth emancipating from foster care, adolescent development, theories of community, community development, concentrated disadvantage