University of Pittsburgh
March 31, 1999


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PITTSBURGH, April 1 --Richard Schulz has been named director of the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) at the University of Pittsburgh, effective

April 1, 1999. Schulz has served as interim director of UCSUR since September 1, 1995.

"Dr. Schulz is ideally qualified to lead the development of the University Center for Social and Urban Research as it helps the University of Pittsburgh fulfill its aspirations," said Pitt Provost James V. Maher in announcing the appointment.

Currently, Schulz also holds appointments as director of gerontology at the University, professor of psychiatry at Pitt's School of Medicine and director of the Geriatric Education Center of Pennsylvania. Schulz has been a leading contributor to the scientific literature on the social and behavioral aspects of aging, having published a number of books and more than

100 articles in major journals such as American Journal of Psychiatry and Journal of the American Medical Association. From 1992 to 1996, Schulz served as editor of Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, the leading journal on psychological aspects of aging. Maher credits Schulz with playing an active role in shaping national policy on aging.

Schulz came to Pitt in 1984, following appointments at Portland State University as professor of psychology and of urban studies, as well as director of that university's Institute on Aging. Before going to Portland, Schulz accepted his first appointment in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University as a professor of psychology.

Schulz earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and German from Dartmouth College in 1970 and obtained his doctorate in social psychology from Duke University in 1974.

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