Dr. Brent Mallinckrodt received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland. He joined Western from the University of Tennessee, where he served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professor of Psychology. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Missouri and University of Oregon. He is the former editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. At the University of Tennessee he coordinated a federal grant to study campus suicide prevention, and investigated the role of mental and emotional health in promoting undergraduate student retention. He is recipient of campus-wide and national awards for mentoring, for innovation in education, and as an advocate for diversity and inclusion. As dean, Dr. Mallinckrodt presides over 13 academic departments and multiple interdisciplinary programs.