Justin Joffe

Justin Joffe

Justin Joffe
Emeritus Professor

At UVM 1969-2009
  • B.A. University of the Witwatersrand, 1959
  • M.A. University of the Witwatersrand, 1962
  • Ph.D. London University (Institute of Psychiatry), 1965
Contact Information
Email: justin.joffe@uvm.edu

Official Retirement Citation (2009)

Justin, for the last 40 years you have been an extraordinary leader, faculty advocate, scholar, teacher, and mentor in the Department of Psychology. After earning your Ph.D. at London University's Institute of Psychiatry in 1965 and engaging in postdoctoral research at Stanford University, you joined our young department, where you continued your work on prenatal determinants of behavior and established an internationally recognized research program in developmental psychobiology, publishing in the very top scholarly journals including Science and Nature.

You established yourself as a dedicated and innovative teacher, creating and teaching new courses including, with Linda Rodd, one on the development of sex differences (a precursor to our current and popular course on psychology of women) and, with George Albee, one on the primary prevention of psychopathology. You lead efforts to reinvent our introduction to psychology course to make it a true gateway course long before others were talking of gateway courses. Your success can be measured in the growth of the major as well as the national reputation the course has acquired.

With Professors George Albee, John Burchard, and Marc Kessler, you established the Vermont Conference on Primary Prevention of Psychopathology that for 17 years brought together leaders in the field of primary prevention for the exchange of ideas and information.

You are a strong leader with a longstanding commitment to social justice, human rights, equality, and diversity. From your involvement in student government and anti-apartheid activities at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, to your recent tenure as Faculty Senate President, you have lead collaboratively and with wisdom and compassion. Under your guidance as chair, the Department flourished, growing in student majors and minors, faculty, and scientific productivity. You fought for a faculty union at UVM from the mid 1970s, and when these efforts came to fruition in 2001 you served on the executive council of United Academics.

Justin, many have turned to you for advice in times of trouble and triumph. Your sense of fairness, your strength, wisdom, and humor, and your whimsical stories have guided countless students and colleagues. All of them, and all of us, are grateful to you for your years of service to UVM and for the example you have set for the rest of us.

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