Robert Gatchel, the
chair of the UT Arlington College of Science’s Psychology Department, has been chosen
to receive the Texas Psychological Association’s 2011 Distinguished Lifetime
Achievement Award, that group’s most prestigious honor.
distinguished professor of psychology, holds the Nancy P. & John G. Penson
Endowed Chair of Clinical Health Psychology at The University of Texas at Arlington.
His areas of research include the psychophysiology of stress and emotion, the
co-occurrence of psychological and physical health disorders and aspects of
chronic pain treatment.
The criteria for the
Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award says it is given to a psychologist
“who has a long and distinguished record of exemplary professional service” and
is recognized by his colleagues in and outside the field of psychology.
“I feel honored to
be included with the select group of outstanding psychologists who have won
this award in past years,” Gatchel said. “When I look back at my 38 years as an
academic and clinical psychologist in Texas, I am most proud of the fact that I
have personally mentored 65 Ph.D. graduates, 38 masters students, six
post-doctoral students and numerous junior faculty members. Most of these
former students have gone onto successful professional psychology careers in
academia, research and the private sector.”
In addition to his
role at UT Arlington, Gatchel is also a clinical professor at UT Southwestern
Medical Center at Dallas, UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth and Baylor
College of Dentistry in Dallas. He currently is lead investigator on a $1.5 million
U.S. Department of Defense-funded study involving treatment of veterans
suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He also is working on a $4
million National Institutes of Health project to examine early intervention
strategies for temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder or TMJMD.
Earlier this year,
Gatchel won the 2011 American Psychological
Association Division 38 Award for Outstanding Career Contributions to Health
Psychology. Division 38 is the health psychology interest group within the
American Psychological Association.
Psychological Association will present the lifetime achievement award to
Gatchel Friday, Nov. 18 as part of the group’s
annual convention in San Antonio.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.