First-Year Academic Gathering

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The First-Year Academic Gathering marks the start of the academic year in a coming together of the Fairfield University community to welcome new students. This year, the First-Year Academic Gathering will take place on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

2021 Keynote Speaker

Headshot of Margaret McClure, PhD

Margaret McClure, PhD, Elizabeth DeCamp McInerney Chair in Health Sciences, Professor of Psychology

Dr. Margaret McClure is a Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is the Elizabeth DeCamp McInerney Chair in Health Sciences, the co-director of the Fairfield University Honors Program, and the director of the School of Social Sciences. Dr. McClure earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Fordham University. She completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Veterans Affairs VISN2-South MIRECC/ Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. In addition to her role at Fairfield, she is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York, NY. At Fairfield, she serves on the program committees for Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Health Studies. She is the president of Fairfield University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta of Connecticut, and she is faculty advisor to Fairfield’s Psi Chi chapter.

Dr. McClure’s primary research program examines treatments for serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and personality disorders. She also studies the long-term effects of childhood trauma and predictors of risk for intimate partner violence in college dating relationships. She is the author of over 35 peer-reviewed, scientific journal articles and 40 scientific conference presentations, and her scholarship has been published in top-tier clinical psychology and psychiatry journals, such as The Journal of Abnormal Psychology and The American Journal of Psychiatry. Her clinical expertise is treating individuals with anxiety, mood, personality, and psychotic disorders, in particular adolescents and young adults. Dr. McClure is also the proud mother of five children, two of whom are currently first- and second-year college students at Jesuit universities.

2021 Recording

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