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W. Thomas Boyce

W. Thomas Boyce is a leading expert on the interplay between neurobiological and psychosocial processes, which leads to socially partitioned differences in childhood health, development and disease. 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.


Distinguished Contributions to Interdisciplinary Understanding of Child Development Award, 2015.

Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI), Brain Canada and W. Garfield Weston Foundation, 2013.

Alfred Childs Distinguished Service Award, University of California, Berkeley

Board of Scientific Advisors, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Alvin P. Shapiro Research Award, 2009.

Relevant Publications

W.T. Boyce, et al, "Early father involvement moderates biobehavioral susceptibility to mental health problems in middle childhood," J. Am. Acad. Child Psy., vol. 45, no.12, pp. 1510-20, Dec. 2005.



Program Co-Director Child & Brain Development

Senior Fellow Child & Brain Development


University of California, San FranciscoPediatrics


MD Baylor College of Medicine

BA (Philosophy and Psychology) Stanford University


United States

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