USF Sarasota-Manatee appoints first faculty research coordinator

Dr. Richard Reich

Dr. Richard Reich

SARASOTA, Fla. (May 28, 2015) – Dr. Richard Reich, associate professor of psychology at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Arts & Sciences, has been named to the newly created position of Faculty Coordinator of Research.

Dr. Reich was named to the position May 22 by Dr. Terry Osborn, regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

“Universities not only pass along knowledge, but they are responsible through research for adding to what is known,” Dr. Osborn said. “Our faculty coordinator of research can ensure that we are leveraging opportunities in research for the good of our community and the workforce.”

Dr. Reich has authored 25 papers, contributed six book chapters and conducted numerous research projects in a 20-year career at research universities and hospitals.

“My main goal is to increase the research profile of USF Sarasota-Manatee and to increase faculty support for research,” Dr. Reich said. “I want to improve our research funding, productivity and the whole enterprise of research.”

In his new role, Dr. Reich will oversee faculty requests for research funding, coordinate with faculty on those requests, develop and manage a mentoring program and determine faculty need and priorities for grants and other resources.

In addition to expanding research output, his aim also is to involve more undergraduate students in that research. In doing so, these students will be better equipped to achieve their academic and career goals, the school’s academic profile will be elevated and enrollment at USF Sarasota-Manatee campus will increase.

Increased research output might also lead to more grants.

“This will increase the prestige of the university,” Dr. Reich said. “The more research that goes on, the better our chances are to attract grants, which in turn will allow us to create more facilities to conduct more research.”

Dr. Reich, 42, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1994 from the College of Charleston (S.C.) and earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He was awarded a doctorate in experimental psychopathology in 2002.

Dr. Reich began at USF Sarasota-Manatee in 2005 as a visiting instructor and last August was named an associate professor, attaining tenure.

Additionally, Dr. Reich serves as a statistical consultant at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa. He has provided methodological and analytical expertise on dozens of studies and has served on Moffitt’s Scientific Review Committee since 2008.