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Richard McCarty

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Professional Bio:

Richard McCarty earned both his B.S. and his M.S. degrees from Old Dominion University and received his Ph.D. in pathobiology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

He came to Vanderbilt University in July 2001 as professor of psychology and dean of the College of Arts and Science. He also has a secondary appointment as professor of pharmacology in the school of medicine. He was named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs by Chancellor Zeppos in July 2008.

For much of his career, McCarty has had two primary research interests–physiological and behavioral adaptations to stress and factors contributing to the development of hypertension. He has published more than 150 articles and 30 chapters in edited volumes. In addition, he has edited 8 volumes relating to his research interests. He contributes to the teaching mission of the department of psychology by offering a freshman seminar, Stress, Health and Behavior, during the fall semester.

Provost McCarty sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of Physiology and Behavior and has served as editor of American Psychologist and as founding editor-in-chief of Stress. He is a member of the board of directors of The Catecholamine Foundation. He is a fellow of several scientific societies, including the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.