Office of the Chancellor

Feb.16 - Roxane Cohen Silver

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Roxane Cohen Silver

Roxane Cohen Silver

Roxane Cohen Silver, Ph.D., is Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Institutional Research and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological Science, the Department of Medicine, and the Program in Public Health at the University of California, Irvine, where she has been actively involved in research, teaching, and administration since 1989. An international expert in the field of stress and coping, Silver has spent over four decades studying acute and long-term psychological and physical reactions to stressful life experiences, including personal traumas such as loss, physical disability, and childhood sexual victimization, as well as larger collective events such as terror attacks, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters across the world (e.g., U.S., Indonesia, Chile, Israel). Her research has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Public Health Service. She has guided governments in the U.S. and abroad in the aftermath of terrorist attacks and earthquakes and served on numerous senior advisory committees and task forces for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, providing advice to the Department and its component agencies on the psychological impact of disasters and terrorism. She has also testified at the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space and Technology on two occasions and given several briefings to policymakers at the White House and on Capitol Hill on the role of social and behavioral science research in disaster preparedness and response and the impact of the media following disasters.

Silver is Past-President of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) (having just completed a two-year term as President) and previously served as the President of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (in 2016). She was also a founding Director and Chair of the Board of Directors of Psychology Beyond Borders, an international nonprofit organization that facilitated research, intervention, and policy development in the prevention, preparedness, and response to terror attacks, conflict, or natural disasters across the world. Silver is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (in 4 Divisions), the Association for Psychological Science, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. Silver has received a number of awards for her scholarship and service, including the 2007 American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the 2010 Public Advocacy Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (for “outstanding and fundamental contributions to advancing social understanding of trauma”), the American Psychological Association's 2011 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Senior Career), the 2011 Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology, the 2014 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ Frank Ochberg Award for Media and Trauma Study, the 2016 Social Responsibility Award from the Western Psychological Association, the 2018 Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the 2019 Application of Personality and Social Psychology Senior Career Contribution Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the 2020 Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Trauma Psychology from Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

Silver is also a dedicated teacher and active mentor of predoctoral and postdoctoral students. In recognition of her efforts toward graduate and undergraduate education, she has received almost two dozen teaching/mentoring awards over her career, including the 2012 Distinguished Mentorship Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, UC Irvine’s 2001 Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award for Teaching (the 16th recipient in UCI’s history), and UCI’s inaugural Tom Angell Fellowship Faculty Award for Mentoring in 2015. Silver received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Northwestern University.