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Dr. Elizabeth Thyrum Named Director of University Honors College

Assistant chair. associate professor of psychology to head Honors College

Dr. Elizabeth Thyrum, a Millersville University (MU) alumna and a graduate of MU’s original Honors Program, has been appointed director of the University Honors College, effective Aug. 28, 2017. She replaces Dr. Dennis Downey who has held the position since fall 2006.

Thyrum is the assistant chair and an associate professor of psychology and has been with MU since 1994. During her 23 years at MU, Thyrum has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, including psychology of drug addiction, health psychology, directed projects and a graduate course in biopsychology. She has supervised numerous departmental and University Honors College senior theses along with master’s theses.

Thyrum, received her master’s in behavioral neuroscience and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. Prior to returning to MU as a faculty member, Thyrum completed a clinical psychology internship through Brown University’s Medical School as well as a Post Doctoral Fellowship/Research Associate position in the Division of Medical Psychology at Duke University Medical Center.

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