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Susan Denburg named associate dean, education, at McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences

Published: April 29, 1998

Susan Denburg has been named the new associate dean, education, at the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. She will hold the post for the term June 1, 1998 to June 30, 2003.

Denburg holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, an MA from Cornell and an Honors BA from McGill. She is currently professor and vice-chair (education) in the department of psychiatry at McMaster.

As vice-chair she has had responsibility for all educational activities of the department, including developing educational policy, assuring quality education programs, orienting new faculty members, regularly reviewing the educational contributions of all faculty and mentoring career educators.

Denburg's research interests focus in psychoneuroimmunology, particularly the effects of the immune system activation on brain function. She holds or has held collaborative grants from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, the Arthritis Society, the Medical Research Council, the Ontario Ministry of Health, the Lupus Society of Hamilton, St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, Physicians' Service Inc., and the Ontario Lupus Association.

Clinically, she has served as staff psychologist at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton from 1978 to 1990, and has also served as director of its behavioral neurology clinic.

As an educator, Denburg has participated in the postgraduate residency education program, the undergraduate MD program, the clinical behavioral sciences program, the program for faculty development and the undergraduate psychology program.

As an educational administrator, she is interested in enhancing the educational planning processes and functioning of individual educational programs through improved communication, increased accountability, continued innovation and ongoing research and evaluation. Specific interests include faculty development and renewal, enhanced visibility and rewards for educators, and effective advocacy for educational issues within and outside the Faculty and University.

She also participates in numerous administrative committees within the department, Faculty and University, and is a member of the University Senate and the University Board of Governors, its finance committee and its human resources advisory panel.

In her new role, Denburg will oversee all of the Faculty's educational activities, including its internationally renowned medical and nursing programs, rehabilitation sciences and midwifery, as well as post-graduate education.

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