Honorary Degree Recipient Margaret Lois Stuber '75
B.S. Denison University; M.D. University of Michigan
Doctor of Science, honoris causa
by Fleur W. Metzger
Denison University Publications Editor
Margaret Stuber has spent her life learning and teaching about the psychiatric care of children with cancer and their families; about post-traumatic stress disorder in children, adolescents and their parents; about childhood and parental bereavement and about spirituality and humor for their healing. She has done research about children and adolescents and AIDS, the psychiatric and family aftereffects of pediatric cancer and organ transplantation, and eating disorders in adolescents.
A native of Howell, Mich., Dr. Stuber graduated with honors from Denison in 1975, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in her self-designed major "Human Relations and Pre-Medical Science." She was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1979, she was awarded an M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School and interned in Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry at the Hawthorn Center/Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan from 1979 to 1980. She did a residency in psychiatry from 1980 to 1982 at the University of California Neuropsychiatric Institute in Los Angeles where she held a fellowship in child psychiatry from 1982 to 1984.
In 1984 Dr. Stuber was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA-Neuropsychiatric Institute. In 1987, she was also appointed Assistant Professor in Residence at the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital. She was promoted to Associate Professor in Residence in 1995 and Professor in Residence in 1999. She has held the Jane and Marc Nathanson Chair of Psychiatry since 2003.
An accomplished teacher and mentor, Dr. Stuber won the Teaching Recognition Award for Medical School teaching at UCLA in 1996, the Outstanding Educator Award from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1998, the Outstanding Mentor Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2000, and the Outstanding Research Mentor Award from the UCLA Department of Psychiatry in 2001. She was the keynote speaker at the International Society of Pediatric Oncologists meeting in Brisbane, Australia in 2001. She has given more than 100 invited presentations both internationally and throughout the United States. One of the earliest was in February 1977 when, as a medical student, she returned to Denison to speak on "The Living Will and Right to Die."
A prolific writer, Dr. Stuber has published two books with the American Psychiatric Press, Children and AIDS (1991) and Caring for People with Physical Impairments: A Psychosocial Guide for Professionals (1992). She also has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in such journals as the Journal of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry, the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Psycho-Oncology, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and Pediatrics, and 18 book chapters. Her research has been supported by the American Cancer Society, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Maternal Child Health Bureau, and the National Cancer Institute. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and Psychosomatics and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. She has been a member of the American College of Psychiatrists since 2004.
Dr. Stuber's parents, Roscoe '49 and Barbara Drew Stuber '50, are both graduates of Denison. They were joined by Dr. Stuber's husband Lawrence and children Benjamin and Emma Gail at Denison's 2005 Commencement Exercises.