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Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Richard McCarty earned both his B.S. and his M.S. degrees from Old Dominion University and received his Ph.D. in pathobiology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

He began his career in 1976 at the National Institute of Mental Health as a research associate in pharmacology and a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. From 1978 to 1998 he was a faculty member at the University of Virginia, where he rose through the academic ranks. He served as chair of his department from 1990 to 1998. From 1998-2001, he was executive director for science at the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. He came to Vanderbilt University in July 2001 as professor of psychology and dean of the College of Arts and Science. He was named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs by Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos in July 2008. He also serves as Faculty Athletics Representative.

McCarty has published more than 150 articles and 30 chapters and has edited 8 volumes relating to his research interests in the physiology of stress. He is a fellow of several scientific societies, including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He and his wife, Sheila, have four children and four grandchildren.

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