Julian Thayer, PhD

Distinguished University Professor of Psychological Science
Department of Psychological Science
University of California, Irvine

The Ohio Eminent Scholar Professor in Health Psychology Emeritus
Academy Professor
Department of Psychology
The Ohio State University

Faculty Profile
Julian Thayer, PhD

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Dr. 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.

Dr. Thayer completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University in 1981 and received his Ph.D. in 1986 from New York University with a specialization in psychophysiology with a minor in quantitative psychology. Dr. Thayer’s area of specialization is psychophysiological aspects of self regulation, particularly parasympathetic influences on physical and mental health including hypertension, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Thayer serves on several editorial boards and has been the Associate Editor for Psychophysiology and Psychosomatic Medicine.

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