Richard Alexander Hussian ’74

Dr. Richard A. Hussian, 45, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1997, at Wesley Long Hospital, following a brief illness.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, in Westminster Gardens.

Dr. Hussian was born in Greensboro to Jean Smith Hussian and William John Hussian. He received his B.A. with Honors in Psychology from Davidson College in 1974 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from UNC-Greensboro in 1976 and 1978.

Dr. Hussian served as clinical psychologist for The Evergreens Nursing Center and the Guilford County Mental Health Center from 1978 -1982. He joined the staff of Terrell State Hospital in Terrell, Texas in 1982 and served as Psychological Supervisor, Behavior Therapy Program Director and Geriatric Unit Director until recently. He also held the position of Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas and served as a geriatric consultant for Healthtech Rehabilitation Services of Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Hussian was an advocate for the elderly and was nationally recognized for his work in the field of behavioral geriatric psychology. He authored two books: “Geriatric Psychology: A Behavioral Perspective’ and “Responsive Care: Behavioral Interventions with Elderly Persons’. He founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of the “International Journal of Behavioral Geriatrics’. His publications in this area included over 20 papers in books and scientific journals, and more than 80 presentations at professional meetings. He was an active member of the Association for Behavior Analysis, the American Society on Aging, and the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Hussian is survived by his wife, Melanie Spence of Dallas, Texas and brother, William F. Hussian of Jacksonville, Fla.