Dr. Julian F. Thayer received his Ph.D. from New York University in psychophysiology with a minor in quantitative methods. Dr. Thayer has held faculty positions at Penn State University and the University of Missouri. Before he was appointed as as the Ohio Eminent Scholar Professor in Health Psychology at the Ohio State University in 2006, Dr. Thayer was Chief of the Emotions and Quantitative Psychophysiology Section in the Laboratory of Personality and Cognition at the National Institute on Aging. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Bergen in Norway and the Free University of Amsterdam, as well as a Research Fellow in Residence at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2013 he was named professor of neuroscience in OSU’s College of Medicine (2013). After 13 years at OSU, he officially retired from his position in the spring of 2019 and was named Professor Emeritus. Most recently, he began a new position in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine, where he is currently Distinguished Professor.
Dr Thayer has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, that cover a broad range of topics including emotion and physiological patterning, heart rate variability and adaptive function, neurovisceral integration, perseverative cognition, and ethnic disparities in health. The Neurovisceral Integration Model (NIT), developed with Richard Layne (Thayer & Lane, 2000) is widely recognized for unifying the central and autonomic levels of function in flexible responding to environment. The NIT model that emphasizes the role of heart-brain interactions in regulating human behavior has strongly influenced subsequent behavioral regulation models, e.g., Generalized Unsafety Theory of Stress model (Brosschot, Verkuil, & Thayer (2016a, 2016b).
Dr. Thayer has received numerous research awards, including: the Humboldt Senior Research Award (2010–2011), the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (2012), the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine (2019), Distinguished Contributions to Psychophysiology Award from the Society for Psychophysiological Research (2018). Dr Thayer (h-index of 108 as of February 2022) was included in a Clarivate’s “Highly Cited Researchers List” in 2020 and 2021. Dr. Thayer is also a professional jazz musician with numerous recordings to his credit.