Cynthia Berg, professor of psychology, has been selected as interim dean for the College of Social and Behavioral Science effective July 1, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. Berg has a distinguished record as a department and college leader, and clearly enjoys the respect of her colleagues and students as a researcher and teacher. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Washington and her master’s and Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University. Berg joined the U faculty in 1986 and has served as chair and director of graduate studies in the Department of Psychology. In her administrative roles she has developed initiatives related to improving graduate student mentorship, faculty development (including tenure-track faculty mentoring and facilitating grant support), and undergraduate instruction.
Berg’s research is at the intersection of developmental and health psychology, examining how individuals cope with chronic illness, such as diabetes and cancer, within close relationships and family systems. She brings together a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research team—from psychology, pediatrics, medicine, and Huntsman Cancer Institute—to approach these challenges. She has published over 100 articles and book chapters in top outlets in her field; serves on the editorial boards of several journals; and has received numerous awards for her research and mentoring.