Dr. Richard Contrada- 2020 Excellence in Health Psychology Mentoring Award Recipient


Dr. Richard Contrada of both the Social and Clinical areas of the department has received the 2020 Excellence in Health Psychology Mentoring Award from the Society for Health Psychology. Richard is a social/health psychologist whose research over the past four decades has advanced our understanding of psychosocial and emotional factors involved in the development and course of cardiovascular disease. A major focus has been the psychophysiology of stress and emotion, including the role of anger-related and other personality traits in cardiovascular reactivity. His work on social-contextual factors that shape adaptation to chronic disease and its treatment, in particular recovery from open-heart surgery, has far-reaching theoretical and clinical implications. The impact Richard has had on the field of health psychology is even greater when considering his role as a mentor. He has mentored more than 20 doctoral students, many of whom are now making significant contributions to health psychology research and practice. He also has a long history of mentoring undergraduate students who have gone on to pursue careers in health psychology and medicine. Please visit the Society for Health Psychology for the full article about Dr. Contrada. The Department of Psychology here at Rutgers University extends a huge congratulations to you for this outstanding accomplishment and thanks you for your continued service within the department.