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Professors Hoza and Landry Named University Scholars

Professors Betsy Hoza and Christopher Landry

Each year, four distinguished faculty members – two from the basic and applied sciences, and two from the social sciences and humanities – are named University Scholars in recognition of their sustained excellence in research and scholarly activities. University Scholars are selected by a panel of faculty scholars, based upon nominations submitted by UVM faculty. The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to congratulate Betsy Hoza, Professor, Department of Psychology, and Christopher Landry, Professor, Department of Chemistry, for achieving this important recognition.

Betsy Hoza received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Princeton University, and PhD degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maine. She was a Psychology Intern, Postdoctoral Fellow, and faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh early in her career. Subsequently she joined the faculty at Purdue University, where she rose from Assistant Professor to Professor, and was named a University Faculty Scholar. Hoza joined the faculty of the University of Vermont as Professor of Psychology in 2005. 

Professor Hoza’s research utilizes a broad array of methodologies and focuses on understanding and treating the functional deficits of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She is best known for her work in three areas: treatment of ADHD; peer functioning of children with ADHD, and self-concept in children with ADHD. The results of her research have been reported in numerous publications in important journals, as well as book chapters, review articles, and conference presentations, and she has been cited as a top producer of scholarly publications in clinical psychology. Professor Hoza’s work has been continuously supported from a variety of agencies, primarily the National Institute of Mental Health, with total grant support to date exceeding eleven million dollars.  

In addition to her scholarship at UVM, Professor Hoza regularly teaches graduate courses. She has trained a number of graduate students, all of whom have published their research, as well as provided lab experiences for many undergraduates, and she has served as a mentor to junior faculty. A true scientist-practitioner, she is also the Faculty Coordinator of the ADHD Specialty Service, an assessment and treatment facility for youth with ADHD, operating within the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center at UVM.  

Included in Professor Hoza’s external service are editorial and editorial board positions with several journals, reviewing for a broad range of journals, NIMH grant review, data safety and monitoring board service, and meeting convenor for professional societies.

Christopher Landry received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Richmond, and his PhD from Harvard, both in Chemistry. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Professor at UVM in 1996 he held a postdoctoral appointment at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Landry was appointed full Professor in 2007. He has held a visiting faculty appointment in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard, and has been the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow Award.

Professor Landry’s initial research was in the discovery and development of porous materials. For many years, he has been creating new methods for the catalytic decontamination of chemical weapons, pesticides, and other environmental contaminants using porous materials. More recently, he has extended these studies into biomedical research, working with colleagues at UVM to develop new nanomaterials for in vivo drug delivery. His research funding has included a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, as well as funding from the Department of Defense and Army Research Office, the National Institutes of Health, and companies. Landry’s work has resulted in numerous publications in leading professional journals and three US patents. He is frequently invited to speak at universities, laboratories, and professional meetings.

In terms of student teaching and training, Professor Landry teaches both small lecture and large lecture-laboratory courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. He has been nominated multiple times for the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award. Strongly interested in interdisciplinary programs and research, he was central to the development of the cross-college undergraduate major in biochemistry, and also holds membership in the interdisciplinary graduate programs in Materials Science and Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences. Landry has been the research mentor to eight post-doctoral employees, thirteen doctoral students, and numerous undergraduates.

Landry’s many service contributions include, at UVM, co-chairing the University’s re-accreditation, President of the Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and Graduate College Executive Committee member; and externally, grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health, NSF, and the Department of Defense, as well as manuscript review for a variety of journals.

The two other faculty outside the College of Arts and Sciences receiving University Scholar recognition are:

  • Michael Giangreco, Professor, Department of Education, College of Education and Social Services
  • Curtis Ventriss, Professor, Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources
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