Behavioral Scientist Named Newest CoEE Endowed Chair
Frank A. Treiber, Ph.D. has been appointed the MUSC College of Nursing’s Endowed Chair for the South Carolina Centers of Economic Excellence (CoEE) Technology Center to Advance Healthful Lifestyles. The CoEE is a partnership between the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina. Treiber and his research team will focus on genetic and environmental risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
According to Carolyn Jenkins, Dr.P.H., professor and director of the Center, “Dr. Treiber will test innovative uses of technology for individuals, families, systems, and communities, with the goal of translating successful components into cost-effective programs and new products for improving chronic disease prevention and management.”
In addition to Treiber’s appointment, he will serve as a professor in the College of Nursing, as well as principal investigator of two National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded grants and co-investigator for a R01 funded project. “Dr. Treiber fills the second Endowed Chair of our College of Nursing and his work complements and expands our initiatives in community based research. It is clear that future progress in health care will involve the expanded use of technology and Dr. Trieber will assist us in tackling those frontiers,” said Gail Stuart, Ph.D., dean of the MUSC College of Nursing.
Treiber arrives from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) where he began his academic career in 1984 as a clinical child psychologist. While at MCG, Treiber was involved in developing and directing MCG’s Georgia Prevention Institute (GPI) that was created to conduct high-quality research addressing health disparities in chronic diseases impacting Georgians, especially cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes related to ethnic background and/or geographical region. In 2005, Treiber was named vice president for research and development at MCG.
Treiber received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Tennessee Technological University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology from the University of Georgia (UGA). He completed a post doctoral clinical training fellowship also at UGA and an APA approved psychology internship at MUSC and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston.
Treiber has had continuous extramural funding from the NIH as a principal investigator since 1988. He is currently an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine. He has served on numerous NIH review sections and working groups, and has served on the external advisory board of several NIH funded research programs.