John Cacioppo, one of the nation’s leading scholars of social neuroscience and a Professor at the University of Chicago, has been elected President of the Association for Psychological Science.
Cacioppo, the Tiffany & Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor in Psychology, investigates how societal influences and personal relationships affect cognition and emotions, the underlying neural substrates and mechanisms, and peripheral response.
He serves on the National Advisory Council on Aging, the group that advises the National Institute on Aging on the conduct and support of biomedical, social, and behavioral research, and training on the diseases and conditions associated with aging. He also is the Director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago.
Cacioppo leads a team of scholars that received a $7.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to study social, behavioral and neural mechanisms responsible for the association between social isolation (and feelings of isolation) and broad-based morbidity and mortality. As part of this effort, Cacioppo and his colleagues are conducting a longitudinal study of more than 200 adults between ages 50 and 67 over a five-year period.
A faculty member at Chicago since 1999, Cacioppo also has ongoing research in the area of social and cognitive neuroscience funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Naval Research.
He also has received major grants from the Pennsylvania-based John Templeton Foundation to launch the first comprehensive study to examine the relationship between religious attitudes and health. The Templeton Foundation also supported his work to establish the Arete Initiative at the University of Chicago, a research project to explore the nature and benefits of wisdom.
He is the co-author of a number of books, including Loneliness: The Driving Force of Human Nature (forthcoming), The Handbook of Psychophysiology (2007), Social Neuroscience (2005), Foundations in Social Neuroscience (2002), and Emotional Contagion (1994).
He was an assistant professor in psychology at Notre Dame from 1977 to 1979 before he took an appointment at the University of Iowa, where he served as an assistant professor and then professor in psychology until 1989. He then joined the Ohio State University faculty, where he was the University Chair Professor.
Cacioppo received a B.S. in economics in 1973 from the University of Missouri and an M.A. in psychology in 1975 and Ph.D. in psychology in 1977 from Ohio State University.
Previously known as the American Psychological Society, the Association for Psychological Science is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level. APS has approximately 18,000 members and includes the leading psychological scientists and academics, clinicians, researchers, teachers, and administrators.