Official Retirement Citation (2003)
James Rosen, you taught psychological assessment to our doctoral students in clinical psychology. You introduced the field of health psychology to the University of Vermont. You collaborated with dozens of students on doctoral and masters theses. You reformed our largest undergraduate course, Psych 001. You taught clinical students the art and science of behavior therapy. You were a leader in our department as Director of Clinical Training for nine years.
Your innovative behavioral treatments for eating disorders, body image disturbance, and obesity have helped mental health experts around the world to help others. Besides professional publications, you have reached millions of Americans with mental health advice through popular magazines, newspapers, and television documentaries that featured your work.
You started Vermont's first interdisciplinary behavioral lifestyle weight control program, a major health service for the medical community and Vermonters from adolescents to older adults. Your graduate students who learned behavioral treatment of obesity under your supervision have advanced to make their own contributions to the field.
While you served as a clinical psychologist, researcher, and teacher at UVM, you developed an athletic career. In addition to being a top-ranked cyclist in road racing, you are a national Masters champion and multi-time New England champion in mountain bike racing. This commitment influenced your clinical research programs at the University of Vermont and brought you to the UVM Cycling Team as faculty advisor and role model during their recent championship years.
James Rosen you joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Vermont 27 years ago and now return to your home state, California, to enjoy a new chapter in life. You have been a wonderful model of intellectual and physical fitness for all of us. We will miss you and wish you well.