As Acting Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts & Sciences at St. Catherine University, Dr. Lynda Szymanski will lead SHAS faculty from a broad range of disciplines for the 2017-18 academic year.
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.