Dean, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Deborah Gatins received her BA degree in psychology from Vassar College and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami, Florida. She worked in residential treatment setting with adolescents for 10 years and maintained a private practice for 24 years. She has been at Marist since 1999 and has risen through the ranks from a member of the psychology department to her appointment as Dean of the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences in 2017. Dr. Gatins was an active practitioner for many years and consulted with Human Relations Media to produce more than 25 video-based curricular programs for middle-school and high-school students on various health related topics (e.g., substance abuse, stress, eating disorders, dangerous relationships, etc.). Her research also focused on adolescents, and she has published in the areas of substance abuse and adolescents' adjustment to divorce.