Remembering TJ McCallum during Black History Month

Todd Jason (TJ) McCallum (1967-2017) was the first African American to earn tenure as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at CWRU. He joined the department in 2002, after graduating from the University of Southern California with a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Dr. McCallum’s work focused on aging, caregiving, and Alzheimer’s prevention. In addition, he researched how technology could enhance the lives of senior citizens, finding that tablet usage allowed them to feel uplifted and more fulfilled. He established “The Brain Emporium” in 2009, a computer lab for aging individuals in the Cleveland area to exercise their brains through cognitive-enhancement programs.

He was a well-liked professor among his students, earning nominations for the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring.

A scholarship was established in his name, yearly awarded to a graduate student in the Department of Psychological Sciences who demonstrates a passion for community-based scholarship. More information about the award can be found here:

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