Tom Boyce is the Sunny Hill Health Centre/BC Leadership Chair in Child Development at the University of British Columbia. He serves as Co-Director of the Experience-Based Brain and Biological Development Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and is a member of the Institute of Medicine and Harvard University’s National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. As a social epidemiologist and a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, his research addresses how genetic, neural and psychosocial processes work together to produce inequalities in childhood health and disease across different socioeconomic groups. His work has shown how psychological stress and neurobiological reactivity to aversive social contexts interact to produce disorders of both physical and mental health in populations of children. Dr. Boyce completed his baccalaureate degree in philosophy and psychology at Stanford University and an MD at Baylor College of Medicine. He then did pediatric residency training at the University of California, San Francisco and was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to his appointment at the University of British Columbia, he spent twenty years on the pediatrics and public health faculties of the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley.
Hertzman C, Boyce WT: How experience gets under the skin to create gradients in developmental health. Annu Rev Pub Health 31: 329-347, 2010.
Boyce WT, Den Besten PK, Stamperdahl J, Zhan L, Jiang Y, Adler NE, Featherstone JDB: Social inequalities in childhood dental caries: The interrelated roles of stress, bacteria and disadvantage. Soc Sci Med 71(9): 1644-52, 2010.
Essex MJ, Armstrong JM, Burk LR, Goldsmith HH, Boyce WT: Biological sensitivity to context moderates the effect of the early teacher-child relationship on the development of mental health by adolescence. Dev Psychopathol 23(1): 149-161, 2011.
Ellis BJ, Boyce WT, Belsky J, Bakermans-Kranenburg MJ, van IJzendoorn MH: Differential susceptibility to the environment: An evolutionary-neurodevelopmental theory. Dev Psychopathol 23(1): 7-28, 2011.
Kroenke CH, Epel E, Adler N, Bush NR, Obradovic J, Lin J, Blackburn E, Stamperdahl JL, Boyce WT: Autonomic and adrenocortical reactivity and buccal cell telomere length in kindergarten children. Psychosom Med 73(7): 533-40, 2011.
Bush NR, Obradović J, Adler N, Boyce WT: Kindergarten stressors and cumulative adrenocortical activation: the “first straws” of allostatic load? Dev Psychopathol. 23(4): 1089-106, 2011.
Essex M, Boyce WT, Hertzman C, Lam LL, Armstrong JM, Neumann SM, Kobor M: Epigenetic vestiges of early developmental adversity: Child stress exposure and DNA methylation in Adolescence. Child Dev doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01641.x [Epub ahead of print], 2011.
Boyce WT, Obradović J, Bush NR, Stamperdahl J, Kim YS, Adler NE (in press): Social stratification, classroom ‘climate’ and the behavioral adaptation of kindergarten children. PNAS, 2012
Sheridan M, Sarsour K, Jutte D, D’Esposito M, Boyce WT (In press): Social disparities in childhood shape learning and prefrontal cortex function. PLoS ONE 7(4): e35744. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035744
Social disparities in child health and development; developmental psychobiology; social epidemiology; developmental neuroscience