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UAlbany Appoints Susan Phillips Dean of the School of Education

Contact: Heidi Weber (518) 437-4980 

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 29, 2003) -- The University at Albany has named Susan Phillips, Ph.D., the dean of the School of Education. She served as interim dean since March 2002.

Phillips, who has been associated with UAlbany for the past two decades, has served as a professor, program director and department chair. Prior to serving as interim dean, she was chair of UAlbany's Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology.

Phillips’ research has focused on decision making and career development and her articles have been published in such publications as the Journal of Counseling Psychology and the Handbook of Counseling Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist, a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has served as a consulting psychologist for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.

She currently serves on the executive boards of the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center, the Hudson Mohawk Regional School Support Center and the Capital Area School Development Association. In 1995, she received UAlbany's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and, in 1998, she was named Distinguished Psychologist by the Psychological Association of Northeastern New York.

She earned her bachelor's degree in human biology from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Columbia University's Teachers College. She resides in Voorheesville, N.Y.

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