Shannon O'Neill

Assistant Dean for Junior and Senior Class & Addiction Recovery

Dean O'Neill is responsible for the academic, co-curricular, and degree completion advising of the junior and senior classes; in that capacity, she oversees all academic and co-curricular programs associated with the junior and senior classes. As Dean for Recovery and Substance-Free Student Initiatives, Dean O'Neill provides leadership for students, faculty, and staff with respect to issues of chemical dependency.  In addition to providing direct support to students as they progress towards degree completion, she collaborates with other offices to develop campus policies regarding alcohol and other drugs. See more about the Early Sobriety at Brown group here.


Dean O'Neill received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Social ¬Personality Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York and her B.A. in Psychology and Women's Studies from the College of St. Catherine's in St. Paul, MN.  Prior to coming to Brown, she was the founding director of the Women's Center at Siena College, and brings considerable experience as an administrator, teacher, and advisor, as well as a demonstrated commitment to empowering students. She provided strategic campus leadership on a variety of social justice issues, including gender, sexuality, food economy, relationship violence, eating disorders, Title IX and substance abuse. Dean O'Neill has a passion for engaged learning and has created academic travel experiences to examine gender equality in the Nordic countries, and immigration/human rights issues in the American Southwest.  In addition, she spent several years working in drug and alcohol treatment facilities with HIV positive clients around issues of harm reduction. She began her professional life working in a training and consulting firm on issues of cultural diversity and sexual harassment in higher education and private industry.




Contact Information:
(401) 863-2536