1979-80 › Richard Evans
2nd Farfel Recipient
Department of Psychology
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
College of Social Sciences
The academic career of Richard Evans,
Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, and director of
the Social Psychology Program and of the Social Psychology/Behavioral
Medicine Research Group, has been characterized by innovation. Professor
Evans was the first professor in the nation to offer a college course
through television. His pioneering research on the effectiveness
of broadcast courses has helped to shape todays growing field
of televised instruction.
With support from the National Science
Foundation, Professor Evans also conducts his Notable Contributors
to Psychology project, an oral-visual history program of recorded
dialogues between Evans and this centurys leading psychologists.
His interview subjects have included Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson,
B. F. Skinner, Konrad Lorenz, Gordon Allport, Carl Rogers, Erich
Fromm, and the first recorded interview ever granted by C. J. Jung.
These videotapes enhance classroom instruction in over 300 universities
today, and Professor Evans has based several books on these dialogues.
His pioneering research in the prevention
of cigarette smoking and substance abuse in children and adolescents
has been funded through the years by the National Institutes of
Health. His work originated the social inoculation model
and its resistance skills training for at-risk youth,
the basis today for successful school-based substance abuse prevention
programs throughout the world. Hes also authored the U. S.
Surgeon Generals Report on Smoking in Children and Adolescents.
His most recent report commissioned by the National Research Council,
National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, explores the
problems of excessive gambling in youth. Of receiving the Farfel
Award, Professor Evans considers it most gratifying for a
university professor to realize that his university appreciates
his contributions in this demonstrable fashion.