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Howard A. Tennen, Ph.D.

Professor of Community Medicine and Health Care
Academic Office Location:
Community Medicine and Health Care
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-6325
Phone: 860-679-5466
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Dr. Tennen received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts and completed an internship in clinical psychology at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. He was on the psychology faculty at the State University of New York at Albany from 1975-1978, and he has been a member of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine faculty in Community Medicine and Psychiatry since 1978.

Dr. Tennen chairs the School of Medicine's Senior Appointments and Promotions Committee (SAPC). He is the current editor of the Journal of Personality.

B.A.Queens College, The City University of New YorkPsychology
M.S.University of MassachusettsClinical Psychology
Ph.D.University of MassachusettsClinical Psychology

Post-Graduate Training
ResidencyUniversity of California at Los Angeles Medical Center
FellowshipUniversity of MassachusettsGraduate Training
InternshipUniversity of California at LA School of MedicineInpatient service: Individual and group treatment; Outpatient service: Individual, family and group psychotherapy; psychological testing; Consultation service: psychological consultations to medical services

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Career Award: Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology American Psychological Association
University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor University of Connecticut
Clifford M. Clarke Science AwardNational Arthritis Foundation
First Department of Psychiatry Teaching Award for Excellence in Medical Student EducationUniversity of Connecticut School of Medicine
Outstanding Teaching Award University of Connecticut Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
Division of Psychotherapy Award American Psychological Association
Dr. Tennen teaches learning theory, social learning theory, and coping with serious illness in the School of Medicine's basic sciences curriculum. He also offers seminars in positive illusions and health, and theory of psychotherapeutic technique, and Dr. Tennen is the course director of two core courses within the Masters of Clinical and Translational Science program. He mentors graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the Health Center's Alcohol Research Center.
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Biobehavioral and Behavioral ProcessesOtherMemberExternalNational20122012
Society for Personality and Social Psychology OtherMemberExternalNational20122013
Archives of Scientific PsychologyEditorial BoardMemberExternalNational2012
PEW Scholars ProgramEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20122012
Search Committee Education CommitteeUniversity ProvostUConn Health CenterUniversity20122012
Scientific Advisory Board, Alcohol Treatment Research Center, University of PennsylvaniaAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalUniversity2012
Case Reports in RheumatologyEditorial BoardMemberExternalNational2011
University of Connecticut Health Center AAUP ChapterEducation CommitteeAt Large RepresentativeUConn Health CenterUniversity2011
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Selection CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20102013
Faculty Development Mentoring Program Task ForceEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20102012
Curriculum Policy Subcommittee of the Committee on Undergraduate Medical EducationEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity2010
Search Committee, Associate Dean of the Graduate SchoolEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20102010
The Journal of Positive PsychologyEditorial BoardMemberExternalNational2009
University Committee for Excellence in Graduate and Professional ProgramsEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20092009
LCME Self-Study Committee on FacultyEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20092009
Ad Hoc Committee on Medical Student Education in Clinical and Translational ResearchEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20092009
Academy of Distinguished Educators Ad Hoc Implementation CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20092009
Handbook of Research Methods for Studying Daily Life Editorial Advisory BoardAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalNational20092011
Scientific Advisory Committee, Clinical and Translational Science InstituteAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20082009
University and Regional Campus Incentive Grant Review CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity2008
Data Ownership Ad Hoc Review CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20082008
Society for Ambulatory Assessment Scientific Advisory BoardAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalNational2008
Department of Defense Special Emphasis Panel: PTSD and TBIProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational20072007
Current Drug Abuse ReviewsEditorial BoardMemberExternalNational20072008
Distinguished Alumni Professor Selection CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20072007
Dean’s Synergy Working GroupEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20072008
Scientific Advisory Committee, Donaghue Center for Translating Research into Practice and PolicyAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity2007
Post-Tenure Review Implementation CommitteeEducation CommitteeUConn Health CenterUniversity20072007
General Clinical Research Center Informatics Review CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20072008
Research Strategic Planning CommitteeResearch CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20072009
University of North Carolina Thurston Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center Board of External Advisors Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalUniversity2007
Society for Behavioral Medicine Professional/Scientific OrganizationFellowExternalNational2006
Social Psychology Compass (Personality Section)Editorial BoardExternalNational2006
School of Medicine Oversight CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity2006
Merit Compensation Plan Executive Committee Education CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity2006
Search Committee for Chair of Department of Laboratory MedicineEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20062006
Search CommitteeEducation CommitteeDeputy Director of the UCHC Cancer CenterUConn Health CenterUniversity20062006
Center for Public Health and Health Policy Strategic Planning TeamEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20062007
Scientific Advisory Committee, Health Policy and Primary Care Research CenterAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20062007
Executive Committee, Masters Degree in Clinical and Translational ResearchEducation CommitteeUConn Health CenterUniversity2006
Advisory Board, Alcohol Drinking Patterns and Alcohol Related Problems among Students of the National Autonomous University of MexicoAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalNational20062009
American Psychological Association Division of General Psychology OtherChairExternalNational20052007
Perspectives on Psychological ScienceEditorial BoardMemberExternalNational20052006
Faculty Recruitment CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity2005
School of Medicine Bylaws Implementation CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20052006
Doctoral Training Program in Public Health Curriculum CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity2005
MPH Curriculum Committee; Space CommitteeOtherMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity2005
Society for Personality Assessment OtherMemberExternalNational20042004
School of Medicine Council & Steering CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20042005
Post-Tenure Review CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20042004
Tenure Compensation CommitteeEducation CommitteeCo-ChairUConn Health CenterUniversity20042004
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Selection CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20042007
The Donaghue Foundation Clinical and Community Health Issues Study SectionStudy SectionMemberExternalNational20032009
Journal of Traumatic StressEditorial BoardMemberExternalNational20032009
Scientific Advisory Committee, Midwest Alcoholism Research CenterAdvisory CommitteeExternalRegional20032008
LCME Self-Study Committee on Governance and AdministrationStudy SectionMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity20022002
Division 38 Health Psychology OtherExternalNational20012005
Blackwell Book Series on Health Psychology and Behavioral MedicineEditorial BoardEditorExternalNational20012004
Health PsychologyEditorial BoardMemberExternalNational20002005
Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology Professional/Scientific OrganizationFellowExternalNational1998
Division 38 (Health Psychology) Research Program CommitteeResearch CommitteeMemberExternalNational1998
Arthritis Foundation Behavioral/Epidemiology Study SectionStudy SectionMemberExternalNational19982001
Personality and Social Psychology BulletinEditorial BoardMemberExternalNational19982005
Personality and Social Psychology ReviewEditorial BoardMemberExternalNational19982006
Library Advisory CommitteeAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity1998
Women’s HealthEditorial BoardMemberExternalNational19971998
School of Medicine Council & Steering CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19972000
Scientific Oversight Committee, Claude Pepper CenterEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19972000
School of Medicine Bylaws Revision CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19972001
School of Medicine Bylaws Revision CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19972000
Trauma Research, Education and Training Institute, Inc.Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalState19962011
Human Development Teaching CommitteeEducation CommitteeSection LeaderUConn Health CenterUniversity1995
MPH Program Admissions CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19951999
Psychiatry Chair Search CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19941995
LCME Reaccreditation Objectives CommitteeEducation CommitteeChairUConn Health CenterUniversity19941995
Budget CommitteeOtherMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity1994
Curriculum Review/RevisionEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19921995
Health Center Research Advisory CouncilAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19921997
Dean’s Search CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19921993
Journal of PersonalityProfessional/Scientific JournalEditorExternalNational1991
Basic and Applied Social PsychologyEditorial BoardMemberExternalNational19911994
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Editorial BoardMemberExternalNational1991
American Psychological Association Professional/Scientific OrganizationFellowExternalNational1990
Society of Personality Assessment Professional/Scientific OrganizationFellowExternalNational1990
American Psychological Society Professional/Scientific OrganizationFellowExternalNational1990
Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology Editorial BoardMemberExternalNational1990
Journal of Personality Assessment Editorial BoardMemberExternalNational1990
School of Medicine Council & Steering CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19901993
Senior Appointments and Promotions Education CommitteeCo-Chair; ChairUConn Health CenterUniversity1990
Incentives and Obligations CommitteeOtherChairUConn Health CenterUniversity19901994
Board of Educational AffairsEducation CommitteeDivision of Clinical Psychology LiaisonExternalNational19891990
Executive Committees: Psychiatry and Community Medicine OtherMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity1989
American Psychological Association Board of DirectorsOtherMemberExternalNational1987
Finance CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19871988
Medicine in Society Seminar CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19871994
Ambulatory Services OtherMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19871988
Journal of PersonalityProfessional/Scientific JournalAssociate EditorExternalNational19861991
Appointments and PromotionsOtherChairUConn Health CenterUniversity1986
Institutional Review BoardEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19851992
Education and Training Committee, APA Division of Clinical PsychologyEducation CommitteeChairExternalNational19841990
APA Division of Clinical PsychologyOtherChairExternalNational19831983
Journal of PersonalityEditorial BoardExternalNational19831986
Strategic PlanningOtherMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19831986
Medical Group Governing BoardOtherMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19831985
Internship Training CommitteeOtherMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19801992
Social and Behavioral Sciences Teaching CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity19791994
International Positive Psychology AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationFounding MemberExternalInternational
Dr. Tennen works in the area of stress, coping and adaptation. He examines factors that promote psychological and physical health among individuals who face health-related adversity and other threatening circumstances. With Dr. Affleck he has studied people's psychological responses to medical problems—including chronic pain disorders, asthma, heart attack and impaired fertility—and how these responses affect subsequent health and well being. He also investigates stress-related behavior as it unfolds in everyday life, with a focus on individual differences in the temporal patterning of stressful experiences, coping efforts, and symptoms. He has applied daily process methods to psychological and pharmacological treatment trials, and to the study of gene-environment interactions.

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