Thomas Boyce, MD, is professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and heads the Division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also co-director of the Child and Brain Development Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Dr. Boyce’s research addresses the interplay among neurobiological and psychosocial factors leading to differences in childhood health and disease. He frequently gives talks on his groundbreaking work. He is the parent of two wonderful adult children, one orchid and one dandelion. He is also an avid sailor who likes to tie sailing knots and untie scientific ones.
Book titles in collaboration with Idea Architects
- The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Thrive and Others Struggle to Survive - COMING SOON
The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Thrive and Others Struggle to Survive
Why do some children succeed and others struggle? Why are some people’s lives filled with satisfaction and happiness and others with frustration and despair? Why do some people get sick and die young, while others live into healthy old age? Is it simply chance and luck, or are there early patterns of development revealing potentially determinative pathways into bounty or calamity? In The Orchid and the Dandelion, Dr. Boyce presents findings that children have two very different responses to their environments. While some children are like dandelions that can thrive in any environment, there are others, whom are more reactive and susceptible to their surroundings like orchids. Now we finally have a scientific framework to understand these unique children and how to address their unique needs to help them find their fullest potential.