In Memoriam

Professor Schneiderman

The University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences and the Psychology Department
is mourning the loss of Professor Neil Schneiderman.

Professor Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D., passed away on October 6, 2023 at the age of 86.  Neil was the James L. Knight Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Public Health Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering.  Within the Psychology Department, he founded the Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology Program and served as its director since the program’s inception in 1986.  From 2007 until the present, Neil was the principal investigator (PI) of the Miami Field Center of the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, which is the most comprehensive long-term study of health and disease in Hispanics and Latinos living in the U.S.

Neil joined the Faculty of the University of Miami (UM) in 1965 and proudly served in this role for the next 58 years.  He was a major figure in the history of the UM Psychology Department and helped to shape its direction for the past half-century.  Neil was continuously funded as the PI of NIH and/or National Science Foundation research grants since 1966, totaling more than $125 million in extramural support. He led NIH Program Project grants and clinical trials involving behavioral management of coronary heart disease and HIV, population-based epidemiological studies as well as basic research on psychosocial/behavioral contributions of stressors to cardiovascular risk and biological disease processes. In addition, he was the PI on an NIH Training Grant that has been continuously funded since 1979. 

During his illustrious career, Neil published more than 450 refereed journal articles and edited or wrote 18 books and monographs. Among his many awards and achievements were the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution (1994), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (2012), and the American Psychosomatic Society Distinguished Scientist Award (2014). He served as President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, President of APA Division 38 (Health Psychology), and was a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Health Psychology, and the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Perhaps his greatest legacies, however, are the countless number of students and colleagues that he has mentored over the years.  Neil gave his time and resources to train generations of researchers and clinicians in the field of Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology, and we all owe him a debt of gratitude.

Watch the video of Dr. Schneiderman's celebration of life and career reception from November 11, 2023