Dr. Seth J. Schwartz Honored as an FSU Distinguished Alum

Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences, was honored with a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Florida State University’s College of Human Sciences.

The award recognizes an alumnus who has demonstrated outstanding career accomplishments.

“I am honored beyond words. I was not expecting this,” said Schwartz, who in addition to receiving the award was also selected as the College’s Tyner Lecturer for the fall term.

Schwartz received the award in April but was officially honored on October 2, the same day that he delivered his Tyner Lecture titled “Cultural Adaptation, Family Functioning, and Adolescent Outcomes among Hispanic Immigrants.”

Schwartz received his undergraduate degree in psychology from FSU in 1993 and a master’s degree in family and child sciences in 1996. He joined the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences 14 years ago upon receiving his doctorate from Florida International University. Over the years, he has maintained a relationship with FSU’s College of Human Sciences and currently mentors one of the school’s faculty members.

At the Miller School, Schwartz has focused his research on cultural adaptation, risk-taking behavior in a family context and stress predictors among adolescents.

He has published nearly 200 scholarly articles and serves as senior editor of the Handbook of Identity Theory and Research and of the Handbook of Acculturation and Health. He looks forward to future collaborations with his alma mater, which he said could help the FSU community understand the increasing cultural diversity within Florida.

“Years ago it really wasn’t diverse, but now it’s expanding,” Schwartz said. “Other people need to understand how to help populations that are new here get adjusted.”

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