University of Rochester

Psychology Professor Elected to National Policy-Making Board

July 9, 2001

Harry T. Reis, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, has been elected to the Board of Scientific Affairs of the American Psychological Association, the group's highest policy-setting board for science. He will serve a three-year term.

Reis, a professor at the University since 1974, is known for his studies of everyday social interaction using event-sampling techniques. He is author or co-author of more than 80 publications, and has been awarded several federally funded research grants.

The APA's Board of Scientific Affairs is concerned with all aspects of psychological science. It is responsible for liaison with agencies giving financial support to scientific projects, for awards and honors in recognition of scientific achievement, and for seeking new ways in which the association can assist in the training of new scientists and in the dissemination of scientific knowledge.

Currently, Reis also is president of the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships, which promotes scholarship and research about personal relationships, improving communication among researchers, and establishing the field of personal relationships within the scholarly community. In addition, he holds the position of executive officer of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, an international organization headquartered in Rochester with more than 3,500 members.