|September 20: Richard Schulz, PhD
Richard Schulz, PhD, is a Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, Director of
Gerontology and associate director of the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the
University of Pittsburgh. He earned his PhD in social psychology from Duke University.
Dr. Schulz has spent most of his career doing research and writing on adult development
and aging. His work has focused on social-psychological aspects of aging, including the
impact of disabling late life disease on patients and their families. He has been funded by
the National Institutes of Health for more than three decades to conduct descriptive
longitudinal and intervention research on diverse older populations representing illness
such as cancer, spinal cord injury, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and arthritis.
He has been a leading contributor to the literature on the health effects of caregiving,
Alzheimer’s disease caregiving and intervention studies for caregivers of persons with
Alzheimer’s disease. The body of work is reflected in more than 300 publications, which
has appeared in major medical, psychology and aging journals, including The New
England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association and The
Archives of Internal Medicine. He also is the author of numerous books, including The
Handbook of Alzheimer’s Caregiver Intervention Research and The Quality of Life
In the past decade, Dr. Schulz has become interested in supportive interventions, including
technology-based approaches designed to enhance patient functioning and quality of life
both of patients and their relatives.
Dr. Schulz is the recipient of several honors, including the Kleemeier Award for Research
on Aging and the Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award from the
Gerontological Society of America, the M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution
Award for Applied Gerontology, the Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award
and the Developmental Health Award for Research on Health in Later Life from the
American Psychological Association. In 2014 Dr. Schulz was appointed by The National
Academies of Sciences – Engineering – Medicine – to chair the Committee on Family
Caregiving for Older Adults.
|October 11: Nikolas Jintri
Nikolas Jentri’s Wonder 101: A Thinking Man’s Theater is an interactive presentation about the
power of philosophical perspective. It’s an evening guaranteed to entertain audiences while
giving them a fresh perspective on their lives.
Aimed at lifelong learners and idealistic professionals, Jintri’s performance uses storytelling,
music and illusion to explore the spiritual, social and practical benefits of placing interesting
questions above easy answers—and while he may amaze his audiences, he will never insult
This is no novelty for passive spectators. It is an experience for the actively curious, led by a
Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh professor who spent years as a Peace Corps
volunteer in Africa and teacher in Japan. Jintri is an accomplished bass guitarist with a wide
stylistic palate ranging from ‘60s to soul to modern metal.
Jintri holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Humboldt State University and a
Master of Arts degree in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University. A returned Peace Corps
volunteer who served in Ghana from 2004 to 2006, Jintri also has been a high school English
teacher in Japan with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program, a public relations
assistant with the American Red Cross of Alaska and a rhetoric instructor at Carnegie Mellon
University, the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and the Community College of
|November 15: Dr. Bruce S. Rabin, M.D., Ph.D.
Bruce S. Rabin, M.D., Ph.D. attended medical and graduate school at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1972, Dr. Rabin joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and in 2017 was appointed an Emeritus Professor.
He focuses his research and community involvement on the importance of maintaining the health of healthy people during the aging process. One of the primary reasons that humans become susceptible to illness is the effect of stress on mental and physical health. Dr. Rabin has made major contributions to understanding how stress can alter both mental and physical health and has implemented interventions to reduce the effect of stress on health.
As a result of his work, people of all ages, socioeconomic levels, educational backgrounds and lifestyle - are learning more about how to more effectively cope with the stress in their lives; new approaches to disease have been understood; mind-body connections are more widely and universally recognized; and innovative approaches to health care management have emerged. On November 15, he will discuss the effect of being a caregiver on mental and physical health and effective counter-measures to the negative effects of stress on health.