Biobehavioral health researcher recognized for contributions to medical field

Joshua Smyth, distinguished professor of biobehavioral health and medicine in Penn State's College of Health and Human Development and associate director of the Social Science Research Institute, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM).

The RSM, based in the United Kingdom, is a leading provider of high-quality continuing postgraduate education to the medical profession. Its mission is to advance health through education and innovation by actively encouraging and supporting those in medical fields.

Fellows of the RSM are chosen based on their meaningful and sustained contributions to medical research. Fellows are supported throughout their medical and research careers through the society’s membership services. They also become a valued part of the RSM network of medical students, trainees, consultants and senior medical professionals.

“This recognition provides the potential for collaboration, education and outreach with the United Kingdom, and helps our scholarship, and the broader research activities at Penn State, further be recognized,” Smyth said.

Smyth’s research focuses on the integration of three areas: the effects of experiencing stress on psychological and physical well-being; assessing stress, affect and health in an ecologically relevant manner that facilitates understanding of biopsychosocial processes; and psychosocial interventions in improving health and well-being.

The RSM was established in 1805 as The Medical and Chirurgical Society of London. Today, it organizes more than 400 academic and public events each year spanning 56 areas of special interest, providing more than 35,000 doctors and other health professionals with a multi-disciplinary forum for discussion and debate. For more information, visit