Richard Schulz is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the University Center for Social and Urban Research, Director of Gerontology, and Associate Director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his PhD in social psychology from Duke University.
Dr. Schulz has spent most of his career doing research and writing on adult development and aging. His work has focused on social-psychological aspects of aging, including the impact of disabling late life disease on patients and their families. He has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than three decades to conduct descriptive longitudinal and intervention research on diverse older populations representing illnesses such as cancer, spinal cord injury, stroke, Alzheimer´s disease, heart disease, and arthritis.
He has been a leading contributor to the literature on the health effects of caregiving, Alzheimer´s disease caregiving, and intervention studies for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer´s disease. This body of work is reflected in more than 250 publications, which have appeared in major medical, psychology, and aging journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Archives of Internal Medicine. He is also the author of numerous books including the Handbook of Alzheimer´s Caregiver Intervention Research.
In the last decade, Dr. Schulz has become interested in supportive interventions, including technology-based approaches designed to enhance patient functioning and quality of life of both patients and their relatives.
Dr. Schulz is the recipient of several honors, including the Kleemeier Award for Research on Aging from the Gerontological Society of America and the Developmental Health Award for Research on Health in Later Life from the American Psychological Association.