Robert E. Strecker, Ph.D. Citation - Commencement 2015

May 17, 2015


Robert E. Strecker, Ph.D. – Doctor of Science

Nationally recognized researcher and teacher, you are Associate Professorof Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Section of Behavioral Neuroscience for the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System’s Laboratory of Neuroscience, and a deeply valued partner to Stonehill’s Neuroscience Program.

Cited as a pioneer in the study of the brain circuitry involved in the control of sleep, you are the recipient of prestigious NIH and Department of Veterans Affairs grants and awards, among others. You are the author of dozens of articles about sleep neuroscience in leading journals.

Your relationship with Stonehill is unique. In collaboration with Professor Mike Tirrell, you developed a seminar class, “Research in Biopsychology,” which served as one of several key events that lead to the inception of Stonehill’s  Neuroscience Program in 2006.  Since then, you and Stonehill Professor John McCoy have conducted groundbreaking research on sleep and its relationship to learning and memory.

You have invited and encourged Stonehill students to take advantage of internship opportunities in your sleep lab, treating them as active members of your research team. Your warmth, humor, and patience in mentoring our students is legendary. When asked to describe your impact, students and graduates report that you “shaped” their career paths and that you always have time to “explain a protocol or brainstorm ideas” with “just the right mixture of excitement and eccentricity to inspire in us the desire to learn and achieve more.”

For your pioneering scientific discoveries, your heartfelt commitment to education, and your productive partnerhsip with the Stonehill College community, we are proud to bestow upon you, Robert E. Strecker, honoris causa, the degree of Doctor of Science.