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 2022 Winter Edition

Researcher Spotlight

Recipient of 2022 Excellence in CIRM Research Award

Dr. Julian F. Thayer  is world-known for his work on:

  • Health Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Health Disparities
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Emotions
  • Stress
  • Neuroimaging Research

Dr. Thayer is most renown for his development of the  model of Neurovisceral Integration. This model suggests that vagally mediated heart rate variability (vmHRV) represents a psychophysiological measure of inhibitory control.

He  received his Ph.D. from New York University in psychophysiology with a minor in quantitative methods. He has held faculty positions at Penn State University and the University of Missouri.

Before moving to the Ohio State University in 2006 as the Ohio Eminent Scholar Professor in Health Psychology, 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 and a Research   Fellow in Residence at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. He has published over 195 research papers and book chapters covering a wide range of topics including behavioral medicine, cardiology, emotion, psycho- pathology, bioengineering, research design and multivariate statistical techniques.

Dr. Thayer has received numerous research awards including the Sigma Xi Research Recognition Award and the Early Career Award for Contributions to Psychosomatic Medicine from the American Psychosomatic Society, and he is a Fellow of the Society for Behavioral Medicine. He has also received a Fulbright FELLOWSHIP to conduct research on emotion in Norway and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award to conduct research in Germany.