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Julian F. Thayer
Distinguished Professor of Psychological Science, School of Social Ecology, University of California Irvine

Julian Thayer is a member of the Center for Healthy Minds Equity Advisory Council, an external body of world class scholars and practitioners who are invited to provide advice to the Center's community (leadership, researchers and staff) on all facets of work through the lens of equity, inclusion and diversity.

Thayer is a Distinguished Professor of Psychological Science in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California Irvine. Specializing in health psychology, psychopathology, health disparities, heart rate variability, emotions, stress and neuroimaging research, Thayer was previously at Ohio State University, where he was the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Health Psychology and where he ran the Emotions and Quantitative Psychophysiology Lab.

His numerous accolades include the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 2019 Distinguished Scientist Award, the most prestigious honor granted by the organization.


Ph.D and M.A., New York University, specialization in psychophysiology with a minor in quantitative psychology.

B.A., Indiana University