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Alumna Linney named Alabama dean

Jean Ann Linney’72 has been named dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is a former Vice President and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame.

While at Notre Dame, Linney was also a professor of psychology. In her research, she works in community psychology, prevention science, and promotion of mental health and competence. Specifically, she has worked on preventive interventions with children and adolescents, environmental assessment, race relations, and cultural and ethnic diversity.

A psychology major at HWS, she holds a master’s and doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a former chair of the psychology department at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Linney’s research includes empowerment and preventive interventions for adolescent and pre-adolescent girls, evaluation of after-school programs for at-risk children, preventive interventions to promote home-school connection and enhanced school readiness in Head Start, and the effects of community and school environments on school readiness and achievement.

She has received the Roland B. Haynes Award from the Black Psychology Graduate Student Association, the Excellence Award from the South Carolina Public-Academic Mental Health Consortium, and the Mary Modjeska Simpkins Award for Cultural Diversity for the creation of Kids College from The Children’s Trust Fund of South Carolina.

Linney is the daughter of John J. Linney ’48 and the late Etta Hahn Linney ’44.