Deak appointed chief of staff to interim president at Binghamton University
BINGHAMTON, NY -- Terrence Deak, associate professor of psychology and deputy to the president, has been appointed chief of staff by Binghamton University Interim President C. Peter Magrath. Deak, a behavioral neuroscientist, had served as deputy to the president since July 2009.
In his new role, he will oversee the operations of the president’s office, including staff reports, budget issues and projects important to the president and the senior officers. "I am delighted that this talented faculty member has agreed to be a key part of my leadership team," said Interim President C. Peter Magrath.
Deak earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in chemistry from Bowling Green State University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before joining the faculty at Binghamton in 2001, he worked as a senior scientist at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, performing contract research for the U.S. Navy in neurotoxicology.
Deak’s research examines neuroendocrine and neuroimmune consequences of stress, seeking to determine the mechanisms by which acute and chronic stress lead to complex disease states as diverse as major depression, alcoholism and Parkinson’s disease. He received a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) in 2003, and completed a full-year sabbatical funded in part by the James McKeen Cattell Foundation.
Deak serves on the editorial board for Endocrinology, a top-tier journal in biomedical research, and has published more than 50 articles. He has research funding through the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.