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W. Thomas Boyce

W. Thomas Boyce

Program
Child & Brain Development

Appointment
Senior Fellow; Program Co-Director

Institution
The University of California, San Francisco

Country
USA USA


W. Thomas Boyce is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and heads the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a leading expert on the interplay between neurobiological and psychosocial processes, which leads to socially partitioned differences in childhood health, development and disease. Previously, he was Professor of Pediatrics and the Sunny Hill Health Centre-BC Leadership Chair in Child Development at the University of British Columbia, in the Human Early Learning Partnership, and at the Child and Family Research Institute of BC Children’s Hospital. He also spent 20 years at the University of California, as Professor of Epidemiology and Child Development and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research at the Berkeley School of Public Health and Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF. He has served as a member of Harvard University’s National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, UC Berkeley’s Institute of Human Development, as well as a founding co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at Berkeley and UCSF.

Dr. Boyce received his B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Stanford University in 1968 and his M.D. from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1972. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at UCSF, and was then appointed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also held a faculty appointment at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Boyce was elected in 2011 to the Institute of Medicine and, in 2012, to the Board on Children, Youth and Families of the National Academy of Science.

Dr. Boyce's research addresses the interplay among neurobiological and psychosocial processes leading to socially partitioned differences in childhood health and disease. Studying the interactive influences of socioeconomic adversities and neurobiological responses, his work has demonstrated how psychological stress and neurobiological reactivity to aversive social contexts operate conjointly to produce disorders of both physical and mental health in childhood populations. A central goal of his work is the development of a new synthesis between biomedical and social epidemiologic accounts of human pathogenesis and an articulation of the public health implications of that synthetic view.
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