Andrew Harver, PhD holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle, and master’s and doctoral degrees in experimental psychology from Ohio University in Athens. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Physiology at Dartmouth Medical School (1984-1987), held teaching and research positions at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1987-1991), and then joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in 1991 as a member of the Department of Psychology. He subsequently served as Faculty Associate in the Office of the Provost (2000-2001), Interim Associate Dean of the Graduate School (2001-2002), and founding chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences (2002-2010). He completed 31 years of service at UNC Charlotte in 2022, and maintains an element of professional engagement through selective activities.
Dr. Harver’s research program resulted from a blend of training and interests in experimental psychology, respiratory physiology, and pulmonary medicine; and focused on the perception of dyspnea and the impact of symptoms on the management of obstructive lung disease. He published 2 books and over 60 book chapters and journal articles on these topics, and delivered about 150 related abstracts, talks, and workshops at various regional, national, and international scientific meetings. He consistently involved students at all levels – high school, undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral – in his research activities. Harver maintains keen interest in research ethics and scientific integrity; the university initially secured Federal-Wide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research in 2001 during his term as Chair of the Institutional Review Board for Research with Human Subjects.
Harver was an invited member of the American Thoracic Society Committee on Dyspnea (1995-1998), elected Chair-elect and Chair of the Program Committee for the Behavioral Science Assembly (1998-2000), and selected for the ATS Membership Committee (2001-2003). He has been appointed to the Editorial Boards of the AAEEBL ePortfolio Review (current), Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Chest, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (current), Journal of Asthma (current), Public Health Education and Promotion, Frontiers in Public Health (current), and Scientific World Journal. He previously served as President of the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology (1999-2000), and as a member of the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (2007-2012).
For over 30 years Harver promoted “writing to learn” strategies and incorporated substantive writing activities in all of his courses, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He was active in the university’s Communication Across the Curriculum initiatives, and an adopter of ePortfolios to evidence integrative learning experiences. Harver served as co-editor of The Field Guide to ePortfolio, a publication driven by AAEEBL and released in fall 2017 from AAC&U Publications involving over 50 authors from the ePortfolio field. Currently he serves as Topic Editor for Volume 2 of the series Integrative learning in undergraduate public health education: Effective high impact practices published by Frontiers in Public Health: Public Health Education and Promotion.