Richard Schulz, Ph.D.


3343 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15260






Research Interests: Dr. Schulz is a social psychologist who has spent most of his career doing research and writing on adult development and aging. His work has focused on the application of social psychological theories and perspectives to adult development and aging, including the impact of disabling late life disease on patients and their families.

Accepting Graduate Students: No


  • PhD, Duke University


  • Harold Yuker Award (American Psychological Association) for best paper in Rehabilitation Psychology, 2010.
  • Developmental Health Award for Research on Health in Later Life, American Psychological Association, 2003
  • Kleemeier Award for Research on Aging, Gerontological Society of America, 1999


  • Publication 770

    Monin, J.K., Schulz, R., Martire, L.M., Jennings, J.R., Lingler, J.H., & Greenberg, M.S. (2010) Spouses cardiovascular reactivity to their partners suffering. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 10,1-7.

  • Publication 980

    Schulz, R., & Beach, S. (1999). Caregiving as a risk factor for mortality: The caregiver health effects study. Journal of the American Medical Association, 282, 2215-2219.

  • Publication 976

    Schulz, R., Beach, S.R., Matthews, J.T., Courtney, K.L., & De Vito Dabbs, A.J. (2012). Designing and evaluating quality of life technologies: An interdisciplinary approach. Proceedings of the IEEE, 100(8), 2397-2409.

  • Publication 975

    Schulz, R., Beach, S.R., Cook, T.B., Martire, L.M., Tomlinson, J.M., & Monin, J.K. (2012). Predictors and consequences of perceived lack of choice in becoming an informal caregiver. Journal of Aging and Mental Health, 16(6), 712-721. PMID: 22360296. PMCID: PMC3371285.

  • Publication 972

    Schulz, R., Monin, J.K., Czaja, S.J., Lingler, J., Beach, S.R., Martire, L.M., Dodds, A., Hebert, R., Zdaniuk, B., & Cook, T.B. (2010). Measuring the experience and perception of suffering. The Gerontologist, 50(6), 774-784. PMID: 20478899. PMCID: PMC3003549.

  • Publication 519

    Schulz, R., Beach S.R., Hebert, R., Martire, L.M., Monin, J.K, Tompkins, C.A., & Albert, S.M. (2009). Spousal suffering and partner's depression and cardiovascular disease: The Cardiovascular Health Study. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 17(3), 246-254.

  • Publication 979

    Beach, S.R., Schulz, R., Castle, N.G., & Rosen, J. (2010). Financial exploitation and psychological mistreatment among older adults: Differences between African Americans and non-African Americans in a population-based survey. The Gerontologist, 50, 744-757.

  • Publication 978

    Beach, S.R.,Schulz, R., Degenholtz, H.B., Castle, N.G., Rosen, J., Fox, A.R., & Morycz, R.K. (2010). Using Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interviewing and Interactive Voice Response to Measure Elder Mistreatment in Older Adults: Feasibility and Effects on Prevalence Estimates. Journal of Official Statistics, 26, 481-506.

  • Publication 522

    Beach, S. R., Schulz, R., Yee, J. L., & Jackson, S. (2000). Negative and positive health effects of caring for a disabled spouse: Longitudinal findings from the Caregiver Health Effects Study. Psychology and Aging, 15, 259-271.

  • Publication 520

    Beach, S.R., Schulz, R., Williamson, G.M., Miller, L.S., Weiner, M.F., & Lance, C.E. (2005). Risk factors for potentially harmful caregiver behavior. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 53, 255-261.

  • Publication 977

    Schulz, R. (Editor, 2012). Quality of Life Technology Handbook. New York: Taylor and Francis.

  • Publication 974

    Martire, L.M., Schulz, R., Helgeson, V.S., Small, B.J., & Saghafi, E. (2010). Review and meta-analysis of couple-oriented interventions for chronic illness. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 40, 325-342. PMID: 20697859.

  • Publication 973

    Heckhausen, J., Wrosch, C., & Schulz, R. (2010). A motivational theory of lifespan development. Psychological Review, 117(1), 32-60. PMID: 20063963. PMCID: PMC2820305

  • Publication 518

    Schulz, R., Czaja, S.J., Lustig, A., Zdaniuk, B., Martire, L.M., & Perdomo, D. (2009). Improving the quality of life of caregivers of persons with spinal cord injury: A randomized controlled trial. Rehabilitation Psychology, 54(1), 1-15.

  • Publication 517

    Schulz, R. (Editor in Chief). (2006). Encyclopedia of Aging, 4th Edition. NY: Springer Publishing.