Institute on Aging, Univ. Center for Social & Urban Research
University of Pittsburgh
schulz @ pitt.edu
Richard Schulz is Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the University Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh. He has spent most of his career doing research and writing on adult development and aging. Much of his research has focused on the effects of disabling late life illnesses on patients and their families. This body of work is reflected in publications, which have appeared in major medical, psychology and aging journals. As principal investigator of more than two dozen NIH-funded studies, Professor Schulz has become one of the nation's leading contributors to research on the psychosocial consequences of disability. In recognition of his contributions to research on aging, he was the year 2000 recipient of the Kleemeier Award from the Gerontological Society of America, and the 2003 recipient of the Developmental Health Award for Research on Health in Later Life from the American Psychological Association.
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"Since graduate school I have been interested in human response to health-related events that constrain individuals' ability to exert control over their environment, which I view as a fundamental component of quality of life. This has led me to research on illness and disability and its effects on patients and their family members. In the last decade I have become very interested in supportive interventions, including technology-based approaches designed to enhance patient functioning and quality of life of both patients and their relatives."