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Our students enter professions that are the backbone of an enlightened and productive society.  We are counselors, researchers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement workers and psychologists.  We nurture society, we inform public policy, we discover cures in labs, we protect, we guide and we lead.  We help.  Our students are engaged in activism and service in our communities as well as dialogue and research with our faculty to create solutions that improve the human condition. We are often the first step in careers that include a variety of graduate school programs in fields that include psychology, social work, medicine and law.  If you believe we can make the world a better place, please join us!


Deborah Gatins, Dean

Office Location: Donnelly 276
Phone: (845) 575-3960

Degrees Held:

B.A. Vassar College
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology - University of Miami, Florida


New York State licensed psychologist since 1990


Dr. Gatins worked in residential treatment settings with adolescents for ten years before teaching at the college level. She teaches courses at both an undergraduate and graduate level and is considered an expert in adolescent development. She has been a full time member of the Marist faculty since 1999.


Kinlaw, C. R., Gatins, D., & Dunlap, L. L. (2015).  Differences in views of family life according to age, gender and parental marital status.  Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(7), 517-534.

Gatins, D., Kinlaw,C. R., & Dunlap, L. L. (2014).  Impact of postidivorce sibling structure on adolescent adjustment to divorce.  Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 55(3), 239-251.

Gatins, D., Kinlaw, C. R., & Dunlap, L. (2013). Do the kids think they're okay? Adolescents' views on the impact of marriage and divorce. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 54(4), 313-328.


Member of the American Psychological Association.


Gatins, D. (2007). Adolescents' Opinions About the Impact of School-Based Substance Abuse Programs. Presented at the American Psychological Association conference held in San Francisco, CA.


Dr. Gatins has been a consultant for Human Relations Media since 1992. She helps develop videos for middle school and high school classrooms on topics related to adolescent health issues such as substance abuse, eating disorders, relationships, communication skills, self-esteem and stress. Since 1992, she has contributed to the production of 25 video projects as a writer, a creative collaborator, in developing teachers' guides and/or as an on-camera expert.