Ryan L. Boyd
Ryan L. Boyd
Research Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science
Room 257
Stony Brook, NY 11794-2424

boyd [at] cs.stonybrook.edu
Human psychology, personality and individual differences, motives, emotion, verbal behavior, natural language processing, experimental and naturalistic research methods, social and interpersonal processes

Ryan L. Boyd (Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2017) is an Associate Research Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University. His research uses computational social science methods to understand how verbal behavior provides clues to how we think, feel, and behave. Dr. Boyd's research spans topics ranging from personality to society, mental health, human sexuality, and storytelling. He has authored dozens of free, open-source text analysis applications for social scientists and is one of the lead scholars behind the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count software. Dr. Boyd is on the editorial boards for cross-disciplinary journals, including Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: Language and Computation and Frontiers in Social Psychology: Computational Social Science; he is also member of the advisory board for the journal Psychology of Language and Communication.


Dr. Boyd's current research spans several domains, including (but not limited to):

  • Foundational psychological processes, including motives, emotion, and cognition
  • The relationship between personality and verbal behavior
  • Health and well-being, including psychopathology, suicidality, and substance use
  • Social dynamics at various scales, ranging from individual people to society