Shannon O'Neill

Associate Dean of the College for Junior & Senior Studies / Bruce Donovan '59 Dean for Recovery and Substance-Free Initiatives

Dean O'Neill is responsible for the academic, co-curricular, and degree completion advising of the junior and senior classes. She works closely with students who have complicated pathways to degree completion. As Dean for Recovery and Substance-Free Student Initiatives, Dean O'Neill provides campus leadership on issues of addiction and recovery. She also provides direct support to students in recovery as they progress towards degree completion, and supervises recovery support services (See more about the Early Sobriety at Brown group here). Since arriving at Brown in 2016, she has created a number of substance-free initiatives including the Donovan Substance-Free Program House.

Originally from Minnesota, Dean O'Neill received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Social Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. Prior to coming to Brown, she was the founding director of the Women's Center and Lecturer in Women's Studies at Siena College. 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 the substance use disorder treatment field looking at HIV and harm reduction practices. She began her professional life as an analyst for a training and consulting firm helping organizations to address issues of cultural diversity and sexual harassment prevention.



Contact Information:

[email protected]
(401) 863-2536