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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
June 4, 2003

Carnegie Mellon University Appoints New Head of Psychology Department

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University has named Professor Michael F. Scheier the head of the university's nationally ranked Department of Psychology.

Scheier, who has been a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon since 1975, is an expert in health psychology. Among his ongoing research projects is a study of the impact of psychosocial interventions—such as discussion and education groups—on breast cancer patients. Scheier is co-director of the Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center, a research center operated by Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. His wife, Karen Matthews, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, is the center's co-director.

Scheier is the president-elect of Division 38 (Health Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. He has received the Division 38 Outstanding Scientific Contribution Award. He earned his A.B. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970 and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. He is the co-author of the popular textbook "Perspectives on Personality." He and his wife have two children, Meredith, 20, and Jeremy, 18.

"Mike Scheier is an outstanding health psychologist whose research has brought national recognition to Carnegie Mellon. His distinguished research career, coupled with his dedication to education, gives him a broad perspective that will make him an ideal leader of our outstanding Psychology Department," said John Lehoczky, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon.

The Department of Psychology includes 23 full-time faculty members, several research centers and an early childhood education center. The department's Ph.D. program has been ranked ninth in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, which also ranks the department's graduate program in cognitive psychology second in the United States. The National Research Council has ranked the program number one in the nation in scientific impact.

"This department really is outstanding, and it is a big responsibility to maintain that quality," Scheier said.

Scheier will replace Psychology Professor Roberta Klatzky as head of the department. Klatzky has led the department for 10 years. Under her leadership, the department's stature as a leading center of research and education in fields such as cognitive psychology, health psychology and cognitive neuroscience has grown exponentially.

The Department of Psychology is one of eight departments in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the second-largest academic unit at Carnegie Mellon. The college emphasizes interdisciplinary study in a technologically rich environment, with an open and forward-thinking stance toward the arts and sciences.


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