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Sheehan Fisher Appointed TGS Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Dear members of The Graduate School (TGS) community,sheehan-fisher.png

I am pleased to announce that Sheehan Fisher has been appointed Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at The Graduate School effective June 1, 2023.

Sheehan is an associate professor and clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an expert in perinatal mental health with a research specialization in understanding the unique contributions fathers and mothers make to the family and child health. As a proud father himself, Sheehan’s desire is to build health, equality, and strength in the family.

Dr. Fisher received his PhD from the University of Iowa. He completed his internship and postdoctoral training at Northwestern University prior to joining the faculty in a research and clinical position. As a clinician, Sheehan specializes in performance optimization for individuals in high-pressure professions in addition to perinatal mental health.

In his role as associate dean, Sheehan will engage with students, trainees, programs, and campus collaborators to promote positive partnerships and cultivate an equity-oriented environment for our graduate and postdoctoral communities. As an important member of my senior leadership team, he will advocate for inclusive practices and innovative approaches that foster a culture of holistic support, accessibility, and belonging.

Sheehan will also lead our Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). He will be supported by a new director-level role to grow the capacity of the team and help our TGS community face the many challenges in society and graduate education today. Lauren-Ashley Buchanan from our Office of Student Life will continue to support the ODI team as interim director during this transition, and we are extraordinarily thankful for her continued support.

I am delighted to welcome Sheehan to The Graduate School and welcome his expertise as a clinician, researcher, speaker, and writer. Please join me in congratulating Sheehan on his appointment. I know you will enjoy meeting and working with him in the future.

Kelly E. Mayo
Walter and Jennie Bayne Professor of Molecular Biosciences
Dean of The Graduate School and
Associate Provost for Graduate Education

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