Richard Schulz, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Psychiatry,School of Medicine; Director, University Center for Social and Urban Research

Education & Training

  • PhD, Duke University

Research Interests

Dr. Schulz is a social psychologist who has spent most of his career doing research and writing on adult development and aging. His work has focused on the application of social psychological theories and perspectives to adult development and aging, including the impact of disabling late life disease on patients and their families.

Representative Publications

Monin, J.K., Schulz, R., Martire, L.M., Jennings, J.R., Lingler, J.H., & Greenberg, M.S. (2010) Spouses cardiovascular reactivity to their partners suffering. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 10,1-7.

Schulz, R., & Beach, S. (1999). Caregiving as a risk factor for mortality: The caregiver health effects study. Journal of the American Medical Association, 282, 2215-2219.

Schulz, R., Beach, S.R., Matthews, J.T., Courtney, K.L., & De Vito Dabbs, A.J. (2012). Designing and evaluating quality of life technologies: An interdisciplinary approach. Proceedings of the IEEE, 100(8), 2397-2409.

Schulz, R., Beach, S.R., Cook, T.B., Martire, L.M., Tomlinson, J.M., & Monin, J.K. (2012). Predictors and consequences of perceived lack of choice in becoming an informal caregiver. Journal of Aging and Mental Health, 16(6), 712-721. PMID: 22360296. PMCID: PMC3371285.

Schulz, R., Monin, J.K., Czaja, S.J., Lingler, J., Beach, S.R., Martire, L.M., Dodds, A., Hebert, R., Zdaniuk, B., & Cook, T.B. (2010). Measuring the experience and perception of suffering. The Gerontologist, 50(6), 774-784. PMID: 20478899. PMCID: PMC3003549.

Schulz, R., Beach S.R., Hebert, R., Martire, L.M., Monin, J.K, Tompkins, C.A., & Albert, S.M. (2009). Spousal suffering and partner's depression and cardiovascular disease: The Cardiovascular Health Study. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 17(3), 246-254.

Beach, S.R., Schulz, R., Castle, N.G., & Rosen, J. (2010). Financial exploitation and psychological mistreatment among older adults: Differences between African Americans and non-African Americans in a population-based survey. The Gerontologist, 50, 744-757.

Beach, S.R., Schulz, R., Degenholtz, H.B., Castle, N.G., Rosen, J., Fox, A.R., & Morycz, R.K. (2010). Using Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interviewing and Interactive Voice Response to Measure Elder Mistreatment in Older Adults: Feasibility and Effects on Prevalence Estimates. Journal of Official Statistics, 26, 481-506.

Beach, S. R., Schulz, R., Yee, J. L., & Jackson, S. (2000). Negative and positive health effects of caring for a disabled spouse: Longitudinal findings from the Caregiver Health Effects Study. Psychology and Aging, 15, 259-271.

Beach, S.R., Schulz, R., Williamson, G.M., Miller, L.S., Weiner, M.F., & Lance, C.E. (2005). Risk factors for potentially harmful caregiver behavior. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 53, 255-261.

Beach, S.R., Schulz, R., Matthews, J.T., Courtney, K., & DeVito Dabbs, A. (2014).  Preferences for technology versus human assistance and control over technology in the performance of kitchen and personal care tasks in baby boomers and older adults.  Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 9, 474-486. 

Schulz, R. (Editor, 2012). Quality of Life Technology Handbook. New York: Taylor and Francis.

Martire, L.M., Schulz, R., Helgeson, V.S., Small, B.J., & Saghafi, E. (2010). Review and meta-analysis of couple-oriented interventions for chronic illness. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 40, 325-342. PMID: 20697859.

Heckhausen, J., Wrosch, C., & Schulz, R. (2010). A motivational theory of lifespan development. Psychological Review, 117(1), 32-60. PMID: 20063963. PMCID: PMC2820305

Schulz, R., Czaja, S.J., Lustig, A., Zdaniuk, B., Martire, L.M., & Perdomo, D. (2009). Improving the quality of life of caregivers of persons with spinal cord injury: A randomized controlled trial. Rehabilitation Psychology, 54(1), 1-15.

Schulz, R. (Editor in Chief). (2006). Encyclopedia of Aging, 4th Edition. NY: Springer Publishing.

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