What Matters to Roxane Cohen Silver

Roxane Cohen Silver

Roxane Cohen Silver. Photo by Steve Zylius

Vice provost and distinguished professor shares life story

Roxane Cohen Silver, vice provost for academic planning and institutional research and distinguished professor of psychological science, medicine, and public health, recently shared her life story at a “What Matters to Me and Why” presentation. 

Silver spoke about herself, her background, her first academic job and how it shaped her career trajectory. The international expert on stress and coping also spoke about what she's learned from her research and why she studies trauma, and explained her commitment to professional and university service. 

“I absolutely love my job,” Silver said. “I think most people who know me would describe me as intense, but I'm also a person of many contradictions. I love to think and I hate to shop. I don't watch TV, but I love to follow the Chicago Cubs. I live in Laguna Beach, but I never go to the beach. I'm just as likely to be reading the New York Times as gossip on TMZ.com. I love to clean, but I haven't cooked since 1987. I appreciate new technologies, but I didn't give up my Blackberry until it died on New Year's Eve. ... My vice and my passion is my work.”

Her full presentation is available on YouTube.

Offered since 2012, “What Matters to Me and Why” is an informal noontime series designed to build and strengthen bonds between people who teach, learn and work together daily, and to foster understanding of how each embraces UCI values. The series is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor.

Other School of Social Ecology faculty members also have delivered “What Matters to Me and Why” talks, including Richard Matthew, associate dean and director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation; Daniel Stokols, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of urban planning and public policy and founding dean of the School of Social Ecology; and Elizabeth Loftus, distinguished professor of criminology, law & society as well as psychological science.

Mimi Ko Cruz
Director of Communications