Event: History of Health Psychology in Pittsburgh

History of Health Psychology in Pittsburgh


Friday, October 27, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


  • Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
  • Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh


Virtual: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/96331398423


Pittsburgh is an internationally acclaimed center for research in the field of health psychology. On Friday, October 27, a symposium will be held on campus at the University of Pittsburgh commemorating the role that Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University have played in the development of the field.

On the occasion of the retirement of seven prominent scholars from the Pittsburgh community (Sheldon Cohen, PhD (CMU), J. Richard Jennings, PhD (Pitt), Stephen Manuck, PhD (Pitt), Marsha Marcus, PhD (Pitt), Karen Matthews, PhD (Pitt), Michael Scheier, PhD (CMU), Richard Schulz, PhD (Pitt)), the symposium will focus on the history of health psychology in Pittsburgh and honoring the contributions of these distinguished pioneers and leaders. The day will include a series of seven plenary talks,  with each talk delivered by a prior trainee who has achieved prominence in the field and focused on the historical contributions or contemporary scientific developments emerging from one of the honoree’s laboratories. Many prior trainees of the retiring faculty and members of the health psychology community will be visiting (returning to) Pitt to attend the event and honor these individuals. The private event will be live-streamed for the general public to view.