The American Institute of Stress: Established 1978


The American Institute of Stress is a non-profit organization established in 1978 at the request of Hans Selye to serve as a clearinghouse for information on all stress related subjects. Other founding members included Linus Pauling, Alvin Toffler, Bob Hope, Michael DeBakey, Herbert Benson, Ray Rosenman and other prominent physicians, health professionals and lay individuals interested in exploring the multitudinous and varied effects of stress on our health and quality of life.


These photographs were taken during the meeting at the Tarrytown Conference Center in Tarrytown, New York in 1978, at which The American Institute of Stress was formally established as a not for profit educational organization designed to serve as a clearing house for information on all stress related topics.

In addition, AIS was formed to function as an ombudsman in this rapidly expanding field where a plethora of extravagant claims for worthless devices, nutritional products and approaches threatened to drown out legitimate research efforts and advances.


The meeting was attended by numerous dignitaries and founding Members of the Board of Trustees. Joel Elkes, Distinguished Service Professor and former Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, served as the first President of The American Institute of Stress. Dr. Paul Rosch succeeded Joel and has served AIS as President for over two  decades.



The Founding Board of Trustees of The American Institute of Stress:

Robert Ader, PhD, Rochester, NY-  Herbert Benson, MD, Boston MA-  Paul A Brown, MD, Upper Saddle River, NJ-  Dennis L. Colacino, PhD, Purchae, NY-  Cary L. Cooper, PhD, Manchester, U.K.-  Norman Cousins, Los Angels, CA-  Micheal E. DeBakey, MD, Houston, TX-  Theodore M. Dembroski, PhD, St. Petersburg, FL-  Edward C. Donovan, Mattapan, MA-  Joel Elkes, MD, Louisville, KY-  Carlton Fredericks, PhD New York, NY-  James Goddard, MD, Stamford, CT-  Senator Barry M. Goldwater, Washington D.C.-  Kenneth Greenspan, MD, New York, NY-  James Goddard, MD, Stamford, CT-  Senator S.I. Hayakawa (Ret.), Mill Valley, CA-  Nelson Hendler, MD, Baltimor, MD-  Thomas H. Holmes, MD, Seattle, WA-  Bob Hope, Palm Springs, CA-  John Laragh, MD, New York, NY-  James L. Lynch, PhD, Baltimore, MD-  James S.J. Manuso, PhD New York, NY-  Lorenz K.Y. Ng, MD, Washington D.C.-  Peter Nixon, FRCP, London, UK-  Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, Berkeley, CA-  Paul J. Rosch, MD, Yonkers, NY-  Ray H. Rosenman, MD, Menio Park, CA-  Henry Russek, MD, Boca Raton, FL-  Sidney Scherlis, MD, Twson, MD-  Robert H. Spencer, New York, NY-  Marvin Stein, MD, New York, NY-  Charles F. Stroebel, PhD, MD, Hartford, CT-  Charles Swencionis, PhD, New York, NY-  Alvin Toffler, New York, NY