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Posted on September 23, 2014

Noss Lecture Series:
Dr. Richard Cavasina
11 a.m. Oct. 9
Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre

The Noss Lecture Series presents a free talk by professor emeritus Dr. Richard Cavasina, director of the patient advocacy program at the Pittsburgh-based Abdominal Transplant Institute, which supports transplant patients and their families.

Cavasina, a former member of the Cal U Psychology Department, will present “Dealing with Life and Career Goals Through Positive Mental Health.”

His talk will discuss how life and career goals are affected by mental health, how to achieve positive mental health, and his own experiences as a liver transplant patient.

Admission is free. The lecture is open to all Cal U students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The public is invited to attend. Parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance in California, Pa.

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Portrait of Dr. Richard G. Cavasina. About Dr. Richard G. Cavasina

Dr. Richard G. Cavasina joined the Department of Psychology at California University of Pennsylvania in 1988, after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Duquesne University and an Ed.D. in counseling practice from West Virginia University.

During his 28-year career at Cal U, Dr. Cavasina served in many roles, including director of the school psychology clinic and interim associate director in the University’s Advising, Placement and Testing Center.

In 2005 Dr. Cavasina received one of Cal U’s most prestigious awards, the Presidential Faculty Award for Research, which was presented at the President’s Gala. He also reported on his research at the Oxford Roundtable at St. Anthony’s College in the University of Oxford, England.

Dr. Cavasina retired from California University in June 2012 and was named an emeritus professor in March 2013.

Shortly after he retired, Dr. Cavasina received a liver transplant at Allegheny General Hospital. Since his recovery, he has drawn on his experience in the field of mental health as director of the patient advocacy program at the Pittsburgh-based Abdominal Transplant Institute. The program helps to support transplant patients and their families through the surgery and recovery process.  

Chair for the Cavasina Endowment for Transplant and Research, Dr. Cavasina currently is conducting research with transplant surgeon Dr. Ngoc Thai regarding psychological issues involved with transplantation.

He says his own surgery has “given me a second life,” and he is pleased to share both his insights into obtaining positive mental health and his firsthand experience as a successful transplant patient.

Dr. Cavasina was the recipient of the Deahl Honors Society Award for distinguished alumni at West Virginia University, and he has published two books in consultation