Professor Stricker came to the University of Pittsburgh in 1971, having spent four years as a faculty member at McMaster University in Ontario. He was promoted to full professor in 1976 and was named University Professor of Neuroscience in 1986. At first, he held joint appointments in the Psychology and Biology Departments, and he served as director of the Psychobiology Program that bridged the two departments from 1983 until 1986, at which time he became the founding chairman of the Department of Neuroscience; he served in that position until 2002. In addition, he was co-director of the University’s Center for Neuroscience from 1996 to 2002, and he has been a visiting professor of Psychiatry at the medical schools of Johns Hopkins and Cornell Universities. He served as dean of the University Honors College from 2011 to 2017.
Professor Stricker had an active research laboratory for 41 years (1967-2008), during which time his work was funded continuously by grants from Canadian and U.S. federal agencies. His research focused on the brain mechanisms that integrated control of water and NaCl consumption with complementary neuroendocrine secretions and kidney function. He also helped formulate and published widely on a popular model of recovery of function following brain damage that relates closely to Parkinson’s disease. His publications include nearly 300 research articles, reviews, and book chapters. For this work, he received both the prestigious Research Scientist Award and the MERIT Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. He also was elected president of the International Congress on the Physiology of Food and Fluid Ingestion (1987-91, 1991-94) and of the Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs (2000-01), and he has served on the editorial boards of several journals in his research field. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Career Award from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, the international organization of scientists who study the biological bases of food and fluid intake.
In addition to his administrative and research activities, Professor Stricker has taught at Pitt each academic year since 1971, including honors courses plus advanced undergraduate and graduate courses. These courses have been very well received by students and, in this regard, he has received both the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (1992) and the Bellet Teaching Excellence Award (2001).
Education & Training
- PhD (Psychology), Yale University, 1965
- MS (Chemistry), University of Chicago, 1961
- BS (Chemistry), University of Chicago, 1960