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Deak to become deputy to the president

Terrence Deak, associate professor of psychology, has been appointed deputy to the president, effective July 23. Deak, a behavioral neuroscientist, replaces Matthew Johnson, who is returning to the faculty.

“I look forward to working with other departments, both inside and outside of Harpur College,” said Deak, who will continue his research and work with graduate students, but will step back from teaching while he serves as deputy. “The core values advanced on campus are important to me as an individual. This is an opportunity to learn about other aspects of the campus and to serve as a liaison with faculty at all levels.”

Deak earned his bachelor of science degree in psychology with a minor in chemistry from Bowling Green State University, then completed both 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. The recipient of a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) in 2003, Deak recently completed a full-year sabbatical funded in part by the James McKeen Cattell Foundation.

In addition to reviewing grants for several national and international agencies, Deak serves on the editorial board for Endocrinology, a top-tier journal in biomedical research, and has published more than 50 articles. His research is funded through the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Deak is married to Molly Deak, who worked as an academic adviser for the undergraduate psychology and psychobiology programs for four years and is now a doctoral student in biological sciences.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08