The Honors College offices are located in Lecture Center 31 - near the stairs that lead up to (and down from) the University Library. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Leslie Halpern, Interim Director of the Honors College and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology

Professor Halpern previously served as Associate Dean for General Education in the Office of Undergraduate Education. She holds a master's degree In Educational Psychology from UAlbany, a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University, and completed postdoctoral work in Pediatrics at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at UAlbany in 1996. At UAlbany Professor Halpern has directed a research laboratory that studies children’s emotional and behavioral development, and she has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students. She has published many scholarly articles in the areas of mental health, prevention, and intervention for infants, children, and adolescents, and has garnered federal grant funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for the study of behavioral problems in preschoolers. Professor Halpern has taught courses in child and adolescent development, psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and has been a clinical practicum supervisor.

Professor Halpern lives in the Capital District with her husband, son, and golden retriever.

Amy R. Jupin, Honors Secretary

I have worked for the University at Albany in an Administrative Assistant role in several departments since 2005; the Health Center, Psychology Department and the CAS Dean’s Office.  It has been a pleasure to work with many wonderful people through the years, who have taught me so much.

On a personal note, I have a wonderful husband, six great children (including a daughter-in-law and son-in-law) and one grandchild; Andy, Andrew & wife Chelsea, Jared, Meighan, Kelly & husband Alex and Kelly & Alex’s precious daughter, our ‘Littlest Miss’.… Alexandra.

I am very pleased to be a part of the Honors College and Student Engagement. Contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the Honors College and I’ll do my best to help you!

Anita Hanson, Honors Advisor

I am thrilled to be the Academic Advisor for first year students in The Honors College.  I look forward to getting to know each one of your “stories” and hopes and dreams for the future and to help you articulate what those things might be for you!  I will work closely with you as you make adjustments to your courses, majors, plans, and activities along the way.  My goal is to make sure you are aware of course requirements, honors requirements, available majors and minors, and opportunities for service learning, study abroad, internships, professional development and community service.  Once you decide on a major, either your first or second year, your academic advisor will become a member of the major department.  By that time you will be more aware of educational resources and opportunities to expand your learning on and off campus.  My door is always open if I can answer any questions.  I respect the journey each one of you in on.  I look forward to working with you!