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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.

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

Post-Graduate 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
ResidencyUniversity of California at Los Angeles Medical Center
FellowshipUniversity of MassachusettsGraduate Training

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.
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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