Richard Tucker, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Founding Director of the Initiative on Aging and Longevity at the University of Central Florida where he has served since 1972. He received his Ph.D. from Emory University in Developmental Psychology. In addition to his traditional academic responsibilities, he chaired the Department of Psychology for 15 years. Tucker is very active in the Central Florida aging network as well as at the state, regional and national levels.
He was appointed by Governor Bush to the first Excellence in Long Term Care Panel, which has developed and reviewed applicants for the Gold Seal Award, to recognize outstanding skilled nursing facilities in Florida. In 2005, he was awarded the Gordon Streib Academic Gerontologist Award by the Southern Gerontologist Society. He was P.I. of the innovative “Older Canadians in Florida” project, which has led to numerous publications, a monograph and four international presentations. He is currently involved in research on memory self-efficacy with lifelong learners.
Amidst his many activities, he considers one of his most satisfying accomplishments, the founding of the Lifelong Learning Institute for Elders (LIFE) at UCF, a lifelong learning program now in its 20th year at UCF. He continues to serve as the “UCF Liaison.”