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Message from the Dean

Welcome to the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. I am Dr. Karol Dean and I am the Dean of the School. 

The faculty at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences are dedicated to our undergraduate and graduate students because we know they will change the world! We teach and learn from students who are interested in Psychology, Counseling, Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies and even International Relations and Diplomacy.

The academic programs in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences are among the most popular at Mercy College and across the nation! We provide students with the essential skills needed in any career or profession - strong analytical ability, excellent communication proficiency and life-long intellectual curiosity. You will learn from our experienced faculty about what makes people "tick" as individuals and how they interact in families, schools, legal settings and health care contexts.

Whey you enroll in one of our programs, you will join a community of students who share your passion for helping others and for pursuing social justice. 

I hope that you will join us in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences! Please contact us if you have any questions.

Dean's Bio

Karol Dean is the Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Mercy College. As dean, she is responsible for the maintaining and enhancing the quality of the academic mission of the dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs within the School. Dr. Dean is on the executive committee of the Society for Psychology of Women and has served on the executive committee of the Association for Women in Psychology in addition to membership in several other professional organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape and has served on the boards of the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh and the Associated Students of UCLA.

Dr. Dean earned her Ph.D. in Personality Psychology from UCLA. Her research interests relate to violence against women and psychology of gender, more broadly. She has published articles and made presentations about sexual aggression, assessment of student learning, women's leadership and teaching psychology, among other areas.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Dean served as Dean of Chatham College for Women in Pittsburgh and Assistant Provost at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. In these administrative roles, she has been responsible for new academic program development, curricular quality, financial management, student retention, faculty development and institutional assessment. She was a professor of psychology at Mount St. Mary's College and an instructor at UCLS for more than 16 years. Her professional interests are in higher education administration.