Psychology Professor from UMass Amherst Elected to Chair State Board

AMHERST, Mass. - Morton Harmatz, professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, has been elected chair of the state’s Board of Registration of Psychologists.

The seven-member board is charged with overseeing the licensing and regulation of the state’s practicing psychologists, investigating individual complaints, and taking disciplinary action when necessary.

Harmatz was appointed by former Gov. William Weld to a five-year term on the board and will serve until August 1999. He is the only member from western Massachusetts, as well as the only academic on the board.

Harmatz has been a member of the UMass faculty since 1964. His research interests include diet, weight control, eating disorders, and body image. He is currently conducting work on the health-related aspects of diet.

Harmatz is also working with researchers at the UMass Medical School to examine factors related to cardiovascular heart disease. He is the principal investigator on a project exploring the relationship of various factors to the seasonal variation of blood cholesterol levels. That work is funded through a major grant from the Public Health Service of the National Institutes of Health.