University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Betsy Hoza Appointed Bishop Joyce Chair in Human Development

Professor Betsy Hoza

With the approval of Provost David V. Rosowsky, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Betsy Hoza as the Bishop Robert F. Joyce Professor in Human Development for a four-year renewable term.

This professorship was established in the early 1980’s to honor Bishop Robert F. Joyce and his “selfless devotion to betterment of the human condition.”  The Bishop Joyce Chair in Human Development was created to recognize faculty “whose teaching and research will help to give focus and direction to the work of others who seek to enhance the quality and meaning of life.”

Dr. Hoza is certainly deserving of a named professorship intended for a scholar dedicated to enhance the life of others.  Beginning in 1992, Dr. Hoza has served as a co-investigator of the MTA Study (Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD).  At the time the MTA Study began, it constituted the largest randomized clinical trial ever conducted in the United States, and the first involving children. The MTA Study, more than any other study in the history of treatment of ADHD, has shaped how ADHD is understood and treated in the Western World.  In addition to her continuous participation in the MTA Study, Dr. Hoza is pioneering in Vermont a new approach to improve the behavior and school functioning of young children with ADHD symptoms through a school-based program that requires daily and structured aerobic physical activity.

Dr. Hoza is a professor in the Department of Psychological Science.  She is widely regarded, both nationally and internationally, as one of the leading clinicians, researchers, and educators in the field of children’s mental health.  She has published over 120 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, has a long record of obtaining substantial external funding for her research, and she is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Attention Disorders and the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, the two leading journals in her field. She has received numerous honors and awards at the national and university levels, and she is one of our current University Scholars.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Hoza on this well-deserved honor.