Upstate News

June 27, 2007
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Paula Trief, Ph.D., appointed as senior associate dean for faculty affairs

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Paula Trief, Ph.D., has been named senior associate dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development for the College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. In this position, Trief will be responsible for promoting faculty development, mentoring, recruitment and retention; oversight of the promotion and tenure process; coordination of search processes for senior leadership positions including chairs; assisting the dean of the College of Medicine in establishing processes for reviews of departmental and senior leadership; and other matters relating to faculty affairs.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Trief is willing to take on this substantial role within the College of Medicine, as she has a unique blend of talents and strengths,” said Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., senior vice president and dean of the College of Medicine. “She is an active clinician, an educator and a funded investigator, and thus will be able to understand, engage and support the varied constituencies among our faculty.”

Trief, a resident of DeWitt, is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at SUNY Upstate and holds joint appointments in the departments of Medicine and Orthopedics. Her studies address psychological predictors and psychological interventions in the treatment of diabetes, chronic pain and other medical disorders. She is currently supported by a number of awards for diabetes behavioral intervention trials, including two from the National Institutes of Health.

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