Professor Laura Schopp, PhD, ABPP, has accepted the appointment of Chair of the Department of Health Psychology, effective June 1, 2018. Dr. Schopp has been a member of the department faculty for more than 20 years. During that time, she also served as the Director of the University of Missouri Wellness Program, was an NIH National Library of Medicine Health Informatics Fellow, and chaired the American Psychological Association Committee on Rural Health.

Her career is marked by excellence in research, clinical care, mentoring, and service. Among her many honors, Dr. Schopp received the Early Career Award of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of APA, the Young Investigator Award of the Brain Injury Association of the U.S., and the School of Health Professions Lewis and Clark Discovery Award (Excellence category). Dr. Schopp has a long history of grant-funded research in promoting self-management of chronic illness, community health, wellness, and participation among people with SCI and TBI. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology and provides clinical care in the DHP Adult Neuropsychology Clinic. She is also a member of the MU Honorary Degrees Committee and the Campus Advisory Committee on Promotion and Tenure.