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Dec. 1, 2004

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UI Psychology Professor O'Hara Is First Candidate For VP Research

Michael W. O'Hara, professor of psychology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will interview for the position of vice president for research Thursday and Friday, Dec. 2 and 3. O'Hara is one of the finalists for the position who will participate in on-campus interviews over the next three weeks. Each candidate will participate in a public forum. O'Hara's forum will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.

A member of the UI faculty since 1980, O'Hara is a clinical psychologist who is active in teaching undergraduate and graduate students in research and clinical practice. He currently serves as director of Graduate Studies for the UI Department of Psychology and is also co-director of the Iowa Depression and Clinical Research Center. He previously served as chair of the department (1994-2000) and as associate dean for research and development in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (2000-2003).

O'Hara is a native of South Bend, Ind. and completed secondary school in Indianapolis. He served in the Navy for 4 1/2 years (1969-1974) before completing his B.A. in psychology at the University of Memphis (1974), where he was named the outstanding undergraduate in psychology. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh (1980) and completed his clinical internship at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (1979-1980).

O'Hara is internationally known as a leader in the area of perinatal depression. He has published more than 85 articles, book chapters and books, most of which address the topic of depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Marcé Medal for lifetime achievement in the area of perinatal mood disorders by the International Marcé Society. He has also been elected president of the Society for Research in Psychopathology and the Marcé Society.

His work has been supported by numerous grants and contracts from federal agencies, including the National Institute of Mental Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration. He is on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. For the past 12 years O'Hara has collaborated with Professor Scott Stuart of the UI Department of Psychiatry. Professors O'Hara and Stuart co-direct the Iowa Depression and Clinical Research Center, which is the site of several ongoing federally funded studies on perinatal depression and its treatment.

O'Hara is married to Jane Engeldinger, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa. They have two sons, Jeffrey, 19, and Andrew, 17.

The vice president for research provides the central leadership to the University's research, scholarly and creative programs and reports directly to the president. Working collaboratively with faculty, staff and students, the vice president for research champions and facilitates research, scholarship and creative activity; strengthens relationships with public and private agencies that support research and other scholarly endeavors; assures the integrity of the research enterprise; advances the role of the university in economic development and technology transfer; and oversees the formulation and implementation of research-specific policies related to regulatory compliance, research integrity and intellectual property management.

The vice president for research also supervises more than 25 units, including the offices of Sponsored Programs, the University of Iowa Research Foundation, selected Central Research Support Facilities and centers, and a set of regulatory compliance units such as the Human Subjects Office, Animal Care Unit, and Health Protection Office. In addition, the office supervises the Oakdale Research Park, the Office of Corporate Partnerships, the University of Iowa Press and the International Writing Program.

The University of Iowa is a member of the select Association of American Universities, an organization of institutions recognized for excellence in research, and consistently ranks among the top 20 public research institutions in external funding, receiving more than $330 million in the last fiscal year.

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