Dale Lund, professor and director of the Gerontology Center in the University of Utah College of Nursing, has been awarded the Charles Redd Prize for outstanding scholarship from the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.
The prize, which includes a $1,500 stipend, is awarded each year to recognize contributions in either the social or biological sciences within the state of Utah. Charles Redd, who endowed the prize, was a successful cattle rancher with a fondness and admiration for intellectual discussions and pursuits.Lund earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Utah in 1973. He received master's and doctorate degrees and joined the nursing faculty in 1980. Five years later, he was named acting director of the Gerontology Center and became director in 1988. The interdisciplinary center enrolls about 100 students and involves 40 faculty from 20 disciplines.
Lund has conducted several prominent studies dealing with coping strategies used by older adults adjusting to difficult life transitions. He has been heavily involved with the production of "Video Respite" for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. He has also been widely published on bereavement and cited in gerontology and human development textbooks.