Psychology professor Christine Dunkel Schetter will serve as associate vice chancellor for faculty development, beginning July 1. This new position is part of the reorganization that occurred with establishment of the Office of Vice Chancellor, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Dunkel Schetter will be responsible for overseeing and developing programs to support faculty at all stages of their careers, but particularly during the pre-tenure period and upon their arrival at UCLA. Faculty orientation and mentoring programs, grants and other initiatives to support the research and teaching efforts of junior faculty, as well as support for work-life issues, will be among the areas of her concern.
Her appointment was announced today by Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel Carole Goldberg, who noted, “With all of her internal and external experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge to this position.”
Dunkel Schetter has been a faculty member in the department of psychology since 1982 and is a nationally and internationally recognized health psychologist. One of her important roles has been as director of the UCLA Health Psychology Training Program for pre- and postdoctoral research fellows, which the National Institute of Mental Health has funded for more than 20 years. Her research program involves several large, collaborative, extramurally funded projects on the effects of maternal stress in preterm delivery, low birth weight, pre- and postpartum mental health, and infant and child development.
She is the recipient of the Senior Scientist Award in Health Psychology, the Strickland-Daniel Mentoring Award from the American Psychological Association and psychology department awards for outstanding teaching and for service.
Dunkel Schetter’s work is highly interdisciplinary, leading to affiliations with programs across the campus, from the David Geffen School of Medicine to the Division of Social Sciences, including the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, the California Center for Population Research and the Center for the Study of Women.