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Susan D. Phillips
Professor (affiliated with the Counseling Psychology Division)
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
(518) 442-4988

Bio  -  Research

SUSAN D. PHILLIPS (Ph.D. Columbia University). Dr. Phillips joined the Counseling Psychology faculty in 1979. Currently the Provost, she is now an affiliated member of the faculty (not currently teaching or taking research assistants). Dr. Phillips is the recipient of the Holland Award for outstanding research in career and personality psychology, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Psychological Association of Northeastern New York, and the Cooperative Leadership Award from the National School Development Council. A Fellow in the American Psychological Association, her work has appeared in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, the Journal of Vocational Behavior, and The Counseling Psychologist. Dr. Phillips’s work is in the area of decision making and career development. She recently completed two terms as Chair for the Committee on Accreditation, American Psychological Association.


Phillips, S. D., & Jome, L. M. (2005). Vocational choices: What do we know? What do we need to know? In W. B. Walsh and M. L. Savickas (Eds.) Handbook of vocational psychology (3rd ed.) ( pp. 127-153) Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Jome, L. M. & Phillips, S. D. (2004). Counseling for choice implementation. Invited chapter in S. D. Brown & R. W. Lent (Eds.) Career development and counseling: Putting theory and research to work (pp 466-482). New York: Wiley.

Beidel, D., Phillips, S. D., & Zlotlow, S (2003). The future of accreditation. Invited chapter in E. Altmeier (Ed.). Setting Standards in Graduate Education: Psychology’s Commitment to Excellence in Accreditation. (pp. 113-134) Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Phillips, S. D., Blustein, D. L., Jobin-Davis, K., & Finkelberg White, S. L. (2002). Preparation for the school-to-work transition: The views of high school students. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 61, 1-15.

Phillips, S. D., Carlson, C., Christopher-Sisk, E., Gravino, K. L. (2001). Treating clients with decision making problems: A developmental-relational model. Invited chapter in L. VandeCreek and T. L. Jackson (Eds.). Innovations in Clinical Practice: A Source Book (Vol. 19) (pp. 129-140). Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.

Phillips, S. D., Christopher-Sisk, E. K., & Gravino, K. L. (2001). Making career decisions in a relational context. The Counseling Psychologist, 29, 193-213.

Blustein, D. L., Phillips, S. D., Jobin-Davis, K., Finkelberg, S., Roarke, A. (1997). The school-to-work transition: A theory-building investigation. The Counseling Psychologist, 25, 364-402.

Phillips, S. D., & Imhoff, A. R. (1997). Career development and counseling for women. Annual Review of Psychology. Invited chapter 48, 31-59.

Phillips, S. D. (1997). Toward an expanded definition of adaptive decision making. Career Development Quarterly , 45, 375-387.

Phillips, S. D. (1994). Choice and change: Convergence from the decision making perspective. Invited chapter in M. Savickas & R. Lent (Eds.). Convergence in career development theories (pp. 155-163). Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press.