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W. Thomas Boyce


  • Advisor
  • Child & Brain Development


UCSF Profile


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

Studying the interactive influences of socio-economic adversities and neurobiological responses, Boyce has demonstrated how psychological stress and neurobiological reactivity to aversive social contexts operate conjointly to produce both physical and mental health disorders in childhood populations. A central goal of his work is to develop a new synthesis between biomedical and social epidemiologic accounts of human pathogenesis and to articulate 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

  • Boyce, W. T., Essex, M. J., Alkon, A., Goldsmith, H. H., Kraemer, H. C., & Kupfer, D. J. (2006). Early father involvement moderates biobehavioral susceptibility to mental health problems in middle childhood. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 45(12), 1510-1520.

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