Susan D. Phillips

Susan D. PhillipsProfessor

Ph.D. Columbia University

Phone: (518) 442-5006

Susan D. Phillips is a professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology as well as the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies. In addition to joining the faculty in 1979, she has also served terms as the Director of the Psychological Services Center, the Director of Doctoral Training for Counseling Psychology, the Chair of the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, Dean of the School of Education, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships (a position that included service as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences Center).

Dr. Phillips' research has focused on decision making and career development. Her recent research has examined other-than-rational decision making strategies as well as the role of relationships in career decision making. She was the 1991 recipient of the American Psychological Association Division of Counseling Psychology John Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Personality and Career Research, and has published widely in career development and vocational psychology. She has also been instrumental in creating cross-disciplinary initiatives, including research defining state-wide models of the practices in higher performing schools undertaken in a unique public-private partnership, and in developing research capacity for university-community partnerships through the NIH-sponsored Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities.

Active in promoting excellence in academic programs and professional practice, she chairs the National Advisory Council for Institutional Quality and Integrity, developing recommendations to the United States Secretary of Education on matters of higher education institutional accreditation and quality assurance. Previously, she led the American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation - one of the largest accrediting agencies in the nation. She has also worked with certification, accreditation, and licensing issues in her leadership of the Joint Designation Committee of the National Register/American Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, and was appointed by the New York State Board of Regents to their policy advisory group, the Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching.

She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a licensed psychologist, and was named the 1998 Distinguished Psychologist by the Psychological Association of Northeastern New York. She received the National School Development Council Cooperative Leadership Award of 2004. Her work in the education and training of psychologists was recognized by the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs in the 2009 Lifetime Contribution to Education and Training in Counseling Psychology.

Research Interests

  • Career development, exploration, and decision making
  • Quality assurance and accreditation in higher education

Representative Publications (see complete vita here)

Phillips, S. D., & Kinser, K. (2018). Accreditation on the Edge: Challenging Quality Assurance in Higher Education. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Phillips, S. D. (2015). Lifespan career development. In P. Hartung, M. Savickas, & B. Walsh (Eds.),  Handbook of Career Intervention. (pp.99-113). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Jome, L. M., & Phillips, S. D. (2013). Interventions to aid job finding and choice implementation. In S. Brown & R. Lent (Eds.), Career development and counseling: Putting theory and research to work (2nd ed.) (pp. 595-620). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Phillips, S. D. (2010). Implementing self-concept: Fit, development, and agency. In P. J. Hartung & L. M. Subich (Eds.), Developing Self in Work and Career: Concepts, Cases, and Contexts. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

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. (2005). 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, NY: 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., Christopher-Sisk, E., & Gravino, K. L. (2001). Making career decisions in a relational context. The Counseling Psychologist, 29 (2), 193-213.