August 2018 Commencement Speaker
Dr. Frank Andrasik
Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychology
2018 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award Recipient
Dr. Frank Andrasik has distinguished himself as a clinical scientist at the University of Memphis and in prior academic positions by coauthoring approximately 280 articles and chapters, co-editing/authoring 8 texts (some translated into German, Spanish, and Korean), presenting numerous invited addresses or peer-reviewed conference talks within the US (approximately 450) and abroad in 21 countries (over 200), and serving as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at several major military medical centers. He has served as President for 2 scientific societies, as Editor-in-Chief for 2 scientific journals and Associate Editor for a leading medical journal, and is an elected Fellow in 6 major professional societies. Dr. Andrasik's research has long concentrated on behavioral medicine and health, with a major focus on chronic pain, headache, and stress disorders, and more recently polytrauma in military populations, health disparities, and intelligent agents to facilitate learning. His research has been supported by shared external funding totaling approximately $9 million dollars. He presently serves as a Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychology and a member of the Institute for Intelligent Systems and, in 2016, was appointed as a Foreign Consultant, Lab of Pain Research in Acupuncture Center, Beijing Traditional Chinese Medical Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.