W. Thomas Boyce, MD

Tom Boyce, MD
MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Chief, Division of Behavioral Pediatrics

Phone: (415) 502-2672
Fax: (415) 476-5256
E-mail: Tom.Boyce@ucsf.edu

UCSF Profiles

Research Interests:

I have nearly 40 years of academic experience studying and measuring responsivity in the human stress response systems among young children and have mentored scores of young scientists employing such measures. I have been part of the teaching and mentoring faculty since my return to UCSF in 2013 and am pleased to contribute to teaching and training post-doctoral fellows from this grant.

Professional Honors and Awards:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar
  • Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research
  • Alvin P. Shapiro Research Award, American Psychosomatic Society
  • American Pediatric Society
  • Council on Pediatric Research, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Psychopathology and Development
  • Institute of Medicine Committees on: Health and Behavior: Research, Practice and Policy; and The Science of Children Birth to Age 8: Deepening and Broadening the Foundation for Success
  • Co-Director and Senior Fellow, Child and Brain Development Program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
  • Board of Scientific Counselors, NICHD Intramural Research Program
  • Elected to the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine)
  • IOM Board of Children, Youth and Families

Selected Publications:

  1. Adler NE, Boyce WT, Chesney MA, Folkman S, Syme SL: Socioeconomic inequalities in health: No easy solution. JAMA 269: 3140-3145, 1993.
  2. Boyce WT, Chesney M, Alkon-Leonard A, Tschann JM, Adams S, Chesterman B, Cohen F, Kaiser P, Folkman S, Wara D: Psychobiologic reactivity to stress and childhood respiratory illnesses: results of two prospective studies. Psychosom Med 57:411-22, 1995
  3. Chen E, Matthews K, Boyce WT: Socioeconomic differences in health: What are the implications for children? Psychol Bulletin 128(2), 295-329, 2002.
  4. Kishiyama MM, Boyce WT, Jimenez AM, Perry LM, Knight RT: Socioeconomic disparities in prefrontal function in children. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 21(6): 1106-1115, 2009.
  5. Boyce WT, Ellis BJ: Biological sensitivity to context: I. An evolutionary-developmental theory of the origins and functions of stress reactivity. Development and Psychopathology 17 (2): 271-301, 2005.
  6. Ellis BJ, Boyce WT: Biological sensitivity to context. Current Directions in Psychological Science 17(3):183-187, 2008.
  7. Obradović, J & Boyce, WT: Individual differences in behavioral, physiological, and genetic sensitivities to contexts: Implications for development and adaptation. Developmental Neuroscience, 300-308, 2009
  8. Quas JA, Yim IS, Oberlander TF, Nordstokke D, Essex MJ, Armstrong JM, Bush N, Obradović J, Boyce WT: The symphonic structure of childhood stress reactivity: Patterns of sympathetic,parasympathetic, and adrenocortical responses to psychological challenge. Dev Psychopathol 26: 963-982, 2014.
  9. Boyce WT, Sokolowski MB, Robinson GE: Toward a new biology of social adversity. PNAS 109 Suppl (2): 17143-48, 2012.
  10. Boyce WT, Obradović J, Bush NR, Stamperdahl J, Kim YS, Adler NE: Social stratification, classroom ‘climate’ and the behavioral adaptation of kindergarten children. PNAS, 2012.
  11. Boyce WT, Kobor MS: Development and the epigenome: The 'synapse' of gene-environment interplay. Dev Sci.18(1):1-23. doi: 10.1111/desc.12282, 2015.
  12. Bush NR, Boyce WT: The contributions of early experience to biological development and sensitivity to context. Handbook of developmental psychopathology. Springer US, 2014. 287- 309.