UofM Will Award 668 Degrees at Summer Commencement

July 27, 2018 - The University of Memphis will award 668 degrees, including 50 doctorates, at its summer Commencement Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. at FedExForum.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Frank Andrasik, winner of the 2018 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award. Andrasik is distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Psychology and a member of the Institute for Intelligent Systems. He has been renowned as a clinical scientist by co-authoring 280 articles and chapters, co-editing or authoring eight texts (some translated into German, Spanish and Korean), presenting numerous invited addresses or peer-reviewed conference talks within the U.S. and abroad in 21 countries, and serving as a distinguished visiting professor at several major military medical centers.

Andrasik has served as president of two scientific societies, editor-in-chief for two scientific journals and associate editor for a leading medical journal. He is an elected Fellow of six major professional societies. His 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. This research has been supported by shared external funding totaling approximately $9 million. In 2016, Andrasik was appointed as a foreign consultant to the Lab of Pain Research in Acupuncture Center, Beijing Traditional Chinese Medical Hospital, Capital Medical University in China.


Chuck Gallina | 901.678.1756 l cgallina@memphis.edu