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Maryland: Beloved Professor Dr. Norman Epstein Retires, Gains Emeritus Status After 36 Year Career

On Friday, May 3, students, colleagues, friends and family gathered to celebrate the retirement of University of Maryland School of Public Health Professor, prolific scholar and beloved mentor, Dr. Norman Epstein.

The event was a lively and heartwarming tribute to him and his 36-year legacy and impact on generations of students, colleagues, friends and clients.

Dr. Epstein began his career at Maryland as an assistant professor in 1983 and has since made indelible contributions to the field of couple and family therapy, the University of Maryland Department of Family Science and the community.

In his 15 year role as the program director for the Master’s Program in Couple and Family Therapy, Dr. Epstein led its academic and training components and provided supervision to students as they provided therapy services. He served as a mentor to countless students and has published more than 120 research papers, authored more than 56 book chapters and contributed to over 58 peer-reviewed journal articles.

In his retirement, Dr. Epstein intends to continue to collaborate on outstanding research projects. “My goal is a balanced life but I don’t want to give up this other stuff because I enjoy it,” Dr. Epstein remarked.

Colleagues Dr. Donald H. Baucom, Richard Simpson Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Dr. Douglas K. Snyder, professor of psychology at Texas A&M University made touching remarks reflecting on Dr. Epstein’s legacy and contributions.

Dr. Epstein’s emeritus status was also announced during the event by event emcee and chair of the Department of Family Science, Dr. Sandra Quinn.