Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Nancy Squires is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She earned a BA in psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1967, and a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 1972. After postdoctoral positions at the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana and at UCLA, she joined the faculty at Stony Brook University as Assistant Professor of Psychology in 1980. In addition to her research career in the study of human brain function, Squires has served in several administrative positions at SBU, including Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Personnel in the College of Arts and Sciences, Chair of the Department of Psychology, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Interim Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Squires' laboratory investigates the sensory and cognitive processes of the human brain using recordings of electrical activity from the scalp (event-related potentials or ERPs) and neuropsychological-assessment techniques. Some of studies currently underway are: ERPs and affective processing, ERP and fMRI in stroke patients with aphasia, and ERP correlates of receptive language in the first and second languages of bilinguals. Experiments include comparisons between normal control populations and populations with brain dysfunction. Some of the disorders studied include reading disability in children and adults, risk for Alzheimer's disease, sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and Lyme Disease. Her lab is part of a proposal for an Autism Center to study emotion and the brain in collaboration with the laboratories of Drs. Freitas and Leung.