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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 today’s 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 century’s 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. He’s also authored the U. S. Surgeon General’s 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.”

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