As interim provost, Lynda oversees the University's three colleges, and promotes the important, student-centered initiatives of faculty and deans.
Dr. Szymanski earned a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and a doctorate in clinical
psychology from West Virginia University. She joined the Psychology department at St. Kate’s
in 1998 after completing her pre-doctoral internship at the Brown University School of Medicine
in Providence, RI and her post-doctoral fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian- St. Luke’s Medical
Center in Chicago. Dr. Szymanski’s area of specialty is health psychology; her research focuses
primarily on women’s health and body image concerns. She was a recipient of the Faculty
Teaching and Advising Award in 2009. Dr. Szymanski served as Associate Dean of the School
of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences from 2010-2013 during which time she led the development of
the St. Catherine University Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program which she directed
through the summer of 2017. She is currently serving a three-year term as Councilor in the
Undergraduate Research Program Director Division of the Council for Undergraduate Research.