Prof. Clore, Prof. Adams, and Prof. Salthouse

We celebrate the retirements of 3 distinguished faculty members this year

Tue, 2020-07-07

 Ms. Beverly C. Adams

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor of Psychology, General Faculty
College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences 1992 ~ 2020

After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Beverly Adams held an assistant professor position at the University of Virginia between 1992 and 1997. She then moved to Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, VA, where she held assistant professor (1997-2001) and tenured associate professor (2001-2002) positions before moving back to UVA in 2002 as an Association/Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to her invaluable service as an Association Dean for thousands of students, Adams regularly taught seminar courses (Psychology of Reading; Psychology of Language) that were integral to the psychology major and cognitive science major curricula. Her College Advising course, “Microaggressions: Why are “they” so sensitive?” set the tone for many first-year students in navigating their college experiences. 

Adams’ research has examined factors that contribute to the decline of physical and mental health in strong black women, how ubiquitous electronic computing has changed face-to-face communication, and the impact of microaggressions and the implicit bias in first generation college students’ success and well-being. During her 19 years of service as an Association Dean at the College of Arts and Sciences, and through countless invited panels and seminars, Associate Professor Adams gave visibility and voice to historical and contemporary African-American issues at the University, to women of color in academia, and to first generation and underrepresented college students. 

Adams is a member of the Virginia Psychological Association and has served two terms as the secretary of the statewide executive board, and is an executive board member of the Virginia Social Sciences Association.

 Mr. Gerald L. Clore

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Commonwealth Professor of Psychology
College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences 2000 ~ 2020

Gerald Clore is Commonwealth Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, and was formerly Alumni Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois. His research focuses on emotion and its cognitive consequences. He coauthored The Cognitive Structure of Emotions, a general theory of how specific emotions represent important psychological situations, and how thoughts intensify them. The theory is applied mainly in computer science to supply the artificial (emotional) intelligence of virtual agents in computer games, interactive training modules, and other programs.

Clore’s research concerns the Affect-as- Information hypothesis, which posits that people’s emotional reactions provide embodied information about the value and urgency of events, and that this information then regulates cognition, motivation, attention, and memory.

Clore’s work has been cited over 49,000 times for an h-index of 76, making him one of the most-cited faculty at the University. He has served as Associate Editor of Cognition and Emotion, as core faculty of the National Institute of Mental Health Consortium on emotion, and as a visiting professor at Harvard University. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, the University of Oxford, and New York University, in addition to being a fellow of the Centers for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois, Stanford University, and the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy.

In 2010, Clore was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2013 he received the William James Fellow Award for lifetime scientific achievement from the Association for Psychological Science. 

 Mr. Timothy A. Salthouse

Ph.D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Brown-Forman Professor of Psychology
College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences 2000 ~ 2020

Timothy Salthouse is a preeminent researcher of cognitive aging. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He became a full professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri, and Regents Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After these appointments, Salthouse was recruited as Brown-Furman Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia in 2000.

Upon his arrival at UVA, Salthouse started the Virginia Cognitive Aging Project (VCAP), which involves comprehensive cognitive assessments in adults ranging from 18 to 99 years of age and is currently one of the largest active longitudinal studies of aging in the world. The VCAP has received continuous National Institutes of Health funding since 2001, and involves over6000 participants, most tested for 3-8 age points. The data from this project have resulted in over 130 publications, which have been cited over 19,000 times in peer-reviewed articles. Salthouse has authored over 260 research articles, over60 review chapters and 10 books, and currently holds an h-index of 67. 

During his time in the Department of Psychology, Salthouse mentored numerous graduate students and provided paid research assistantships to over 200 UVA undergraduates. His research career has been one of the most influential and impactful in the field of Cognitive Aging. He is an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society (APS), Gerontological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Society of Experimental Psychologists. He received numerous other honors during his storied career, including: the APS William James Fellow Award; two NIH Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Awards; ISI Highly Cited Researcher; and the International Society for Intelligence Research Lifetime Achievement Award.