Jul 05, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — St. Edward’s University selected Catherine Campbell, an accomplished researcher and administrator, to lead the largest school at the university — the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Campbell comes to St. Edward’s from Roosevelt University, a private university in Chicago, Illinois, where she served as associate dean of Arts & Sciences since 2013. Since earning her bachelor’s in Psychology from Texas A&M and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas, Campbell has gained experience as an educator, mentor, researcher, administrator and licensed clinical psychologist.

In her work as a clinical psychologist, she provided psychological services for both adults and children, including individual and group psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and prevention.

During her academic career, she has both led and collaborated on published research, ranging in themes from social justice to self-compassion. As part of that grant work, Campbell has amassed experience with a wide range of funding agencies at all levels and with varying objectives, and she plans to leverage that experience to help faculty and students at St. Edward’s. 

“I hope to work with BSS faculty and students around research grants, program grants and other sources of external funding appropriate to our institution,” Campbell said.

We asked Campbell, who stepped into her role this summer, about her research and what it is like to start a new role during a pandemic:

What are your main research interests?

My research fits under the umbrella of social justice. Early in my career, my work focused on barriers to healthcare and health promotion delivery. These days, my focus has shifted to similar topics in the education sector. I am currently engaged in a project looking to broaden participation by first-generation college students and creating inclusive excellence.  

What attracted you to the role of Dean of BSS?

In my search for a new leadership opportunity, I was seeking a position at a university with a clear social justice mission and a faculty who were committed to the mission. Growing up in San Antonio, I have known of St. Edward’s for some time and was excited to apply for the Dean’s position. During my visit to St. Edward’s, I was impressed with the faculty, students and administrators I met. It was clear BSS was a good fit for my values and interests.  

You are starting this new role under unusual circumstances, to say the least, what would you like your faculty, students and the St. Ed’s community to know about your experience and approach to your new position?

I enjoy informal conversations and getting to know people, so it has been a challenge without the ability to gather. I am eager to socialize and learn more about my new community. In the meantime, something to share about me is I do not underestimate the stress the pandemic has generated for everyone. I hope to be a source of support and a conduit of information for BSS faculty, staff, and students. I know the BSS faculty is committed to providing an engaging instructional experience for students this fall, and I will do my part to prioritize inclusion and meeting the needs of our students. My Zoom door is open.