Dr. Alan H. Teich, associate professor of psychology and natural sciences at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs, Interim. Dr. Teich’s appointment was announced by Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar and is effective July 1.
In announcing Dr. Teich’s appointment, President Spectar said, “I am delighted that Dr. Teich has agreed to serve in this very important role. He has a long-standing record of success as a teacher- scholar, administrator and mentor, and is highly regarded by the students, faculty and our community. He will help implement our New Dimension of Excellence strategic plan, fulfill our mission and realize our shared vision.”
Dr. Teich joined the Pitt-Johnstown faculty in 1987as an assistant professor of psychology and natural sciences. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1993. He received his PhD in Behavioral Medicine from the University of Miami, his MA in Experimental Psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and his BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Brockport.
As a member of the Pitt-Johnstown faculty, Dr. Teich has served as the chairperson of the Psychology Department and Natural Sciences Division, and has been a member of the University Welfare Committee, Faculty Senate Council, Johnstown Planning and Budget Committee, the Human Subjects Ethics Review Committee, and Natural Sciences Status Committee. He has served as the faculty advisor to the Psi Chi Honor Society and Psychology Club and is currently faculty advisor to the Pitt-Johnstown lacrosse team. He has also served as faculty representative to the Student Senate.
Dr. Teich is very active in his field, having delivered numerous invited presentations for groups including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Behavioral Neuroscience, the Laurel Mountain Psychological Association, the Central Pennsylvania Lecture Series in Psychology, the Eastern Psychological Association, and the Southeastern Psychological Association. Dr. Teich has conducted extensive research into the effects of stress on the human body, experimental pain, and the effects of divorce on children. His research has appeared in several professional journals including Behavioral Brain Research, Behavioral Neuroscience, Perspectives in Behavioral Medicine, and Physiology and Behavior. He has been a practicing licensed psychologist for 20 years.
An active member of the community, Dr. Teich has served as a board member for Victim Services and Johnstown Concert Ballet. He is past President of Beth Shalom Congregation, and served as a group leader for the Johnstown Area Cancer Support Group.
Dr. Teich co-developed and currently serves as lead presenter of the Help, Understanding, Guidance and Support (HUGS) Program for the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Cambria County Court of Common Pleas. As presenter for the HUGS Program, one of the first programs in our area for separating parents, Dr. Teich has facilitated sessions for more than 6,000 individuals since 1996.
Founded in 1927, UPJ is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, UPJ offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.