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Mary Ann Stephens Named New Dean of Graduate Studies

Posted Dec, 21, 2010

Dr. Mary Ann Stephens, psychology professor at Kent State University who has been serving as interim dean of Graduate Studies, has been officially named the university’s new Graduate Studies dean. She had been serving in the interim position since August 2009. The announcement was made by Robert G. Frank, Kent State’s provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, late last week to Kent State faculty.
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“I believe we have been fortunate to have strong leadership with Interim Dean Dr. Mary Ann Stephens,” Frank said. “Her concern for transparency and accountability, and the willingness to tackle the most significant challenges, even while in an interim role, have created a level of confidence, cooperation and respect in the division that can only serve to promote further growth and excellence. Therefore, I have asked her to assume the role of dean of Graduate Studies and continue to lead the division down the path of a single integrated graduate college.”

Stephens joined Kent State in 1980. Prior to serving as interim dean of Graduate Studies, she served as chair of the Department of Psychology. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, master's degrees in counseling psychology and social psychology, and a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Houston.

Her research interests focus on the effects of family interactions on adjustment to illness, as well as the effects of illness on family caregivers. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. She has authored or co-authored three books, 14 book chapters and more than 80 journal articles.

Stephens resides in Kent, Ohio.

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