University of Pittsburgh
February 12, 2003

Pitt Professor to Receive American Psychological Association Honor

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February 13, 2003

PITTSBURGH—Richard Schulz, director of the University Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh, has been named recipient of the 2003 Developmental Health Award from the American Psychological Association (APA). The award will be presented at the APA annual meeting in August in Toronto.

The APA awards this biennial honor to recognize individuals who have made significant scholarly contributions to research in the area of health in later life. Schulz, also a professor of psychiatry, epidemiology, sociology, rehabilitation sciences, and behavioral and community health at Pitt, is a national leader in research on the effects of late-life illness and disability on patients and their families. Through his research, Schulz has shown how caring for disabled relatives compromises the health and well-being of family caregivers, has developed intervention strategies to improve the well-being and functioning of older disabled persons and their families, and has explored the relationship between physical illness and depression later in life.

Schulz earned the A.B. degree in psychology and German from Dartmouth College in 1970 and the Ph.D. degree in social psychology from Duke University in 1974. His work has been published in the leading gerontology, medical, and psychology journals in the United States.