Universities Announce the Appointment of Three Women to Endowed Chairs

Deborah Small was recently appointed the Adrian C. Israel Professor of Marketing at Yale University School of Management. Dr. Small, who joined the Yale faculty last summer, studies how individuals make decisions that affect their own and others’ welfare and what their choices signal to themselves and others about their moral character. She previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the Laura and John J. Pomerantz Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School and a professor of psychology.

Professor Small is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a Ph.D. in psychology and behavioral decision research from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Lisa H. Harris, the F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries Professor in Reproductive Health in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, was named a Thurnau Professor. She is only the second faculty member from the medical school to be named a Thurneau Professor since the program’s inception in 1988. Dr. Harris also is a professor in the women’s and gender studies department, where she has taught for 20 years.

Dr. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree and a medical doctorate from Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D. in American culture from the University of Michigan.

Kathryn Howell has been named the inaugural holder of the Urban Child Institute Chair of Child Well-Being at the University of Memphis. Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children and their families, assessing individual, relational, and community factors that enhance resilience or reduce psychopathology following exposure to traumatic events during childhood. She joined the faculty at the university in 2013.

Dr. Howell is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she majored in human development. She holds a master’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.

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