Justin Boyce, Ph.D.
"The Sky is the Limit, but do not limit your success
to even that of the sky"
Justin Boyce is a native of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. The Virgin Islands was bought by the U.S. from Denmark in 1917 because of the islands’ strategic location to the Panama Canal. Currently, the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas in particular) is one of the Caribbean’s most sought after tourist destinations featuring beautiful crystal clear blue water and shimmering white sandy beaches with warm, loving and generous people. The Virgin Islands is dubbed, "America’s Paradise" and attracts people from all 4 corners of the globe.
After completing high school at Charlotte Amalie High, Justin Boyce attended the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. As a part of his undergraduate success, he received the Eldra Schulterbrandt Psychology Award for being the most outstanding undergraduate Psychology student. He also completed a Master of Arts Degree in Education: Counseling & Guidance, also at UVI. Upon completion of his master’s degree, Justin Boyce received an academic award from the American Counseling Association (VI Chapter) for having the highest grade point average in his major.
Justin Boyce then attended West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown, WV where he pursued and successfully earned a Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Counseling Psychology in a record 4 years. He attended WVU as a WEB Dubois Scholar his first year and then subsequently as a WEB Dubois Fellow. Both the WEB DuBois Scholarship and the WEB DuBois Fellowship are competitive academic awards that recognize outstanding students. These academic scholarships allowed him to focus on his doctoral studies full time and he was able to maintain a perfect 4.00 GPA despite the rigorous and demanding nature of his training program.
While at WVU, Boyce also received a Southern Regional Education Board Scholarship, which in part helped to fund his dissertation research in the area of Client Preferences for Counselor Demographic Characteristics. Justin Boyce completed a Residency at the Dayton VA Medical Center in Psychology further developing expertise and clinical training in Health Psychology (Palliative Care (Emergency Room treatment, Pain Management, Sexual Health Education, Smoking Cessation, and, Hospice/ Palliative Care treatment). His VA Residency also provided specialized training in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment; Mental Health Clinical care of Moderate & Severe Psychopathology); and Gerontology. Justin Boyce also has significant experience in Forensic Psychology having worked in a premiere Forensic Treatment Hospital.
Though only 46 years young, Justin Boyce boasts a very prestigious career history that has included work in the private sector, government, medical/hospital environments, and higher education. Justin Boyce has had the privilege to teach graduate school, training both Masters and Doctoral level students pursuing degrees in Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology, respectively. He has also held several leadership roles that include: directing an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited doctoral training program in Counseling Psychology; coordinating and directing a Post Combat Clinical Treatment Team addressing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health problems in veterans; managing and directing a 96 bed in-patient psychiatric hospital wing treating the most severely mentally ill, including patients with Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Panic Disorder and personality disordered patient populations such as Borderline and Dependent personalities, among others.
Currently, Dr. Justin Boyce is serving as an Assistant Professor of Psychology here at Indiana Tech and said that he has a "fire in his belly for teaching and learning." He has often indicated to his students that he absolutely "loves psychology" and sees it as the stuff that life is made of”. His teaching style is very energetic, robust and applied and Dr. Boyce prides himself on helping students recognize how Psychology impacts their lives on a daily basis. He takes the subject matter out of the text book and motivates and challenges his students to see its application to everyday situations. He teaches a variety of courses to include: Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology (Human Growth & Development), Counseling Techniques; Group Dynamics; and Introduction to Psychology to name a few. He coordinates the Human Services Program and also teaches in the College of Professional Studies evening program.
As a part of his career, Justin Boyce has engaged in grant-writing and has had success with obtaining funding for his research and service projects. Of note is a grant a he received several years ago for almost $400,000 to support his initiative to develop Secondary and Tertiary Mental Health Prevention Treatment Programs for Returning Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans. Not only did Boyce write the grant proposal that resulted in the grant funding, he also developed and implemented the clinical treatment program for veterans in the tri-state catchment area. He received recognition awards from the VA System for both the success of his grant-writing and also for the success of his development and implementation of the treatment program that served Iraqi and Afghanistan veterans who had been in theater serving on the front lines.
Justin Boyce is married to his wife, Bren, for almost 19 years, and they have two sons, ages 17 and 9, respectively. Justin Boyce enjoys gardening and has been successful with growing Okra, Carrots, Squash, Peas, Tomato, Peppers and herbs, to name a few. He reports trying his hand at corn this year. Justin Boyce is known to be a really good cook and enjoys making Caribbean and American cuisine. He loves to travel and has visited many places in Europe such as Rome, Venice, Florence, London, and Paris. He has travelled throughout the contiguous United States and visited many islands in the Caribbean. His favorite place, next to sitting on a Beach in St. Thomas, is Lucerne, Switzerland, which he describes as having wonderful people, beautiful mountainous terrain and clean, crisp air. He reports feeling “so alive” when he visited there. As a part of his civic duties, Dr. Boyce co-facilitates a bereavement support group at St. Vincent de Paul. He lives by the motto, “Think Big” and credits his many successes to his belief that the Sky is the Limit and that even then, we should not limit our successes to even that of the sky.