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Psychologist Selected as Dean

Laurie Roades Joins Health and Human Development
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With more than 20 years of experience in higher education and a distinguished reputation as a scholar and administrator, Laurie A. Roades will become dean of Cal State Fullerton’s College of Health and Human Development on Jan. 4.

Roades currently serves as associate dean for academic personnel and resources in Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.

“It is clear that the College of Health and Human Development has outstanding faculty and staff working to facilitate student success and engagement with the local community,” said Roades. “The record of student, faculty and staff accomplishment is very impressive.

“This is an exciting time to be part of the CSUF community and I look forward to working with, and supporting, students, faculty, staff and administrators to help build on these successes, and meet the important goals outlined in the University and college strategic plans.”

At Cal Poly Pomona, Roades’ primary responsibilities include personnel matters and focusing on academic resources for a college with 10 diverse departments, more than 300 faculty, 33 staff members and about 3,200 students. She helped manage a $16 million college budget and assisted with college and departmental development activities.

Roades is a professor of psychology and served as chair of Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Psychology and Sociology, overseeing 26 faculty members and more than 1,300 students. She was the 2002-03 Outstanding Academic Adviser for the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.

“These experiences will help Dr. Roades provide strong and supportive leadership to the diverse departments and programs in the College of Health and Human Development,” said José L. Cruz, CSUF provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“But beyond her credentials, I have been greatly impressed by the quality of her character, as reflected by the overwhelmingly positive feedback, especially from her peers and colleagues at our sister campus who praise her for her impeccable integrity, her commitment to collaboration, her insight, her fairness and her vision,” he continued. “I am confident that the skills that Dr. Roades will bring to the college and to the University will help her leverage the deep extant knowledge and wisdom of the HHD team to tackle current and future challenges.”

Roades received her doctorate and master’s degree in clinical psychology and bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Veterans Affairs Long Beach Medical Center. A licensed clinical psychologist, her teaching interests focus on issues related to mental health. She also has conducted research in gerontology, neuropsychology and diversity in mental health.

C. Jessie Jones, professor of health science, who has been serving as interim dean of the College of Health and Human Development, transitions into her new role Jan. 4 as assistant vice president for academic and community partnerships.