Roxanne Cohen Silver

Vice Provost for Academic Planning

Roxane Cohen Silver

Roxane Cohen Silver, Ph.D., is Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Institutional Research and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological Science, the Department of Medicine, and the Program in Public Health at the University of California, Irvine, where she has been actively involved in research, teaching, and administration since 1989. An international expert in the field of stress and coping, Silver has spent over four decades studying acute and long-term psychological and physical reactions to stressful life experiences, including personal traumas such as loss, physical disability, and childhood sexual victimization, as well as larger collective events such as terror attacks, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters across the world (e.g., U.S., Indonesia, Chile, Israel). Her research has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Public Health Service. She has guided governments in the U.S. and abroad in the aftermath of terrorist attacks and earthquakes and served on numerous senior advisory committees and task forces for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, providing advice to the Department and its component agencies on the psychological impact of disasters and terrorism. She has also testified at the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space and Technology on two occasions and given several briefings to policymakers at the White House and on Capitol Hill on the role of social and behavioral science research in disaster preparedness and response and the impact of the media following disasters.

Role of the Vice Provost for Academic Planning

The Vice Provost for Academic Planning engages in academic and strategic planning, oversees UCI Academic Initiatives, co-chairs the Academic Planning Group and its task forces, and frequently collaborates on UC systemwide activities. Additionally, administrators in Academic Planning coordinate approval of new degree programs and academic units, and all aspects of institutional accreditation. The Office of Academic Planning serves as an incubator for new initiatives on campus (e.g. UCI Engage).

The Office of Academic Planning and the Academic Planning Group coordinate implementation and ongoing assessment of UCI's Strategic PlanBright Past, Brilliant Future.  Thousands of our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community members provided input, and the plan is a true reflection of our collective vision. Now at the implementation and assessment stages, the strategic plan guides our work and leads us to shine brighter.