Biography and Education
Richard O. Straub is Professor of Psychology and founder of the Graduate Program in Health Psychology at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. After receiving his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Columbia University and serving as a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow at the University of California, Irvine, Straub joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1979. Since then, he has focused on research in health psychology, especially mind-body issues in stress and the effects of exercise on physical and psychological health. Straub’s research has been published in such journals as Health Psychology, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.
A recipient of the University of Michigan’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Alumni Society’s Faculty Member of the Year Award, Straub is extensively involved in undergraduate and graduate medical education. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Southeast Michigan Consortium for Medical Education and lecturing regularly at area teaching hospitals, Straub has created an online learning management system for medical residency programs and authored a series of web-based modules for teaching core competencies in behavioral medicine.
Straub’s interest in enhancing student learning is further reflected in the critical thinking materials he has developed to accompany several leading psychology texts.
Straub’s professional devotion to health psychology dovetails with his personal devotion to fitness and good health. He has completed hundreds of road races and marathons (including multiple Boston marathons, Ironman triathlons, and the 2010 Ironman-Hawaii World Championship), and is a nationally-ranked, USAT All-American triathlete. His market-leading text, Health Psychology, has been translated into several languages and is widely used by students around the world.
Teaching and Research
Straub, R. (2015). Study Guide to Accompany Psychology (11th ed.) New York: Worth Publishers.
Straub, R. (2015). Study Guide to Accompany Psychology in Modules (11th ed.) New York: Worth.
Straub, R. (2015). Instructor’s Resources for The Developing Person Through Childhood and Adolescence (10th ed.) New York: Worth
Straub, R. (2015). Instructor’s Resources for the Developing Person Through the Lifespan (9th ed.). New York: Worth.
Straub, R. (2014). Health Psychology (4th edition), New York: Worth Publishers.
Straub, R.O. (2014). Health Psychology (4th edition). New York: Worth Publishiers
Straub, R. (2012). Study Guide to Accompany Introduction to Psychology (10th ed). New York: Worth.
Straub, R. (2012). Instructor's Resources to Accompany The Developing Person Through Childhood and Adolescence. New York: Worth.
Straub, R. (2012). Study Guide to Accompany The Developing Person Through Childhood and Adolescence. New York: Worth.
Straub, R. (2011). Health Psychology (3rd edition), New York: Worth Publishers.
Awards and Recognition
Straub, R. (October, 2013). Meaning, Medicine, and Health Psychology. Keynote address: Mountain States Teaching of Psychology. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Straub, R. (May, 2011). Adherence: Key Factors in Successful Interventions. Poudre Valley Health System. Ft. Collins, Colorado
Straub, R. (January, 2011). What Can Health Psychology Teach Us About Medicine? National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology. St. Petersburg, FL.
Straub, R. (November, 2010). Medicine, Meaning, and the ‘Healer’s Power.’ Synergy Conference: Psi Chi and Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology. Denver, Colorado.
Straub, R. (March 2010). Patient-Centered Health Care. Oakwood Hospital General Competency Series. Dearborn, Michigan.
Straub, R. (April, 2009). Medicine and Meaning. Presented at Meetings of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Straub, R., Rowe, M., & Coggan, P. (October, 2005). Communications Skills E-Learning at Henry Ford Health System. International Conference on Communication in Healthcare. Chicago, IL.
Straub, R. & Donohue, W. (March, 2005). A 360° Cross-competency assessment and tailored intervention tool for residents. Presented at Meetings of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Orlando, FL.
Straub, R. & Donohue, W. (May, 2005). A 360° Cross-competency assessment and tailored intervention tool for residents. Presented at Meetings of the Association for Hospital Medical Education. Tucson, AZ.
Coggan, P., Straub, R., Musial, J., & Joyce, B. (May 15, 2004). Adult learning theory and self-paced independent learning for medical students and residents. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Toronto, Ontario.
Straub, R. (March 3, 2004). Medicine, Meaning, and the ‘Healer’s Power’. Oakwood Hospital Core Competency Series.
Straub, R. (January 12, 2004). The National Healthcare Cost Dilemma. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Grand Rounds Series.
Straub, (November 5, 2003). Comparative Healthcare Systems. Oakwood Hospital Core Competency Series.
Straub, R. (September 3, 2003). Trends in Medicine: The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be. Oakwood Hospital Core Competency Series.
Straub, R. (January 7, 2003). Psychoneuroimmunology: Bidirectional Immune-Brain Communication. Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center Dept. of Family Medicine.
Straub, R. (April 25, 2002). Stress, Positive Psychology, and Health. York College, York, PA.
Straub, R. (January 3, 2002). Positive Health Psychology. Presented at Meetings of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Petersburg, FL.
Straub, R. (March 15, 2000). Stress and Health. Community College of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA.
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