The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive

Join Dr. Tom Boyce for a discussion of his research and his recently published book, The Orchid and The Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive,

Wednesday, October 2, 12pm-1:00pm, 
with light refreshments from 11:30am-12pm
Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay Campus

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The first 25 in-person attendees will receive a copy of The Orchid and the Dandelion.

W. Thomas Boyce is a pediatrician and Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. 

Dr. Boyce's research addresses individual differences in children's biological sensitivity to social contexts, such as the family, classroom and community. His work, which has generated over 200 scientific publications, demonstrates that a subset of children ("orchid children") show exceptional biological susceptibility to their social conditions and bear higher risks of illness and developmental disorders in settings of adversity and stress. 

Please join UCSF’s Committee on Family Services to learn about how early environments have important, long-term effects on children's health and well being. Dr. Boyce will read an excerpt from The Orchid and the Dandelion, share more about his research, and answer questions from the audience.

This event is sponsored by the UCSF Committee on Family Services, and Campus Life Services Family Services.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 11:30am to 1:00pm

Genentech Hall, Byers Auditorium
600 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158

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Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff


Mission Bay


Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Campus Life Services, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences
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