Dean's Brief Biography

Lynne W. Clark, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Health Sciences and the Professional Programs

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Dr. Lynne W. Clark is the Founding Dean of York College’s School of Health Sciences and the Professional Programs. Prior to coming to York College in the fall of 2011, Dr. Clark served as Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Western Connecticut State University and as the Dean of the School of Health Sciences at CUNY’s Hunter College. Dr. Clark is a graduate of Elmira College (B.S.), Columbia University (M.S.), and CUNY’s Graduate Center (Ph.D.). She also holds several post-doctoral certificates, as such as HERS/Bryn Mawr College Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, and Harvard University’s Institutes for Educational Management.

After professionally practicing as a speech-language pathologist and a consultant in gerontology at various medical and rehabilitation centers, and extended health care facilities, Dr. Clark became a full-time instructor at CUNY’s Queens College. She then joined the full-time faculty at CUNY’s Hunter College in 1984, where she served for 10 years as Chairperson of the Communication Sciences Department, and received tenure and eventual promotion to Full Professor. In 1994, she was elected to Doctoral Faculty in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Program at CUNY’s Graduate Center. She also served on the faculty of the Hunter-Mount Sinai Geriatric Education Center for 12 years, and as a Fellow of the Brookdale Center on Aging.

Dr. Clark is nationally known for her expertise and clinical research of adults with neurogically impaired communication, with emphasis on the communication changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Her research also encompasses the study of effects of normal aging on communication. She has authored over 40 journal articles and book chapters, and written two books, Communication Disorders of the Older Adult, and Faculty and Student Challenges in Facing Cultural and Linguistic Diversity. Dr. Clark has an impressive record of research and development grants, totaling over 8.0 million dollars of funding (e.g., U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Health and Human Resources Administration). She has held various leadership positions in national and state discipline-specific and women’s professional organizations (e.g., American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, American Council of Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education Leadership). Dr. Clark served as a board member of several educational and health organizations (e.g., Western Academy of International Studies, Connecticut Department of Education’s Academic Program Review Board). She is the recipient of several national and state honors and awards (e.g., NYSSLHA’s Distinguished Achievement Award, CT DOE’s Partnership Awards in High School Education, Mature Media’s National Award for Stay Tuned: The Challenge of Hearing Loss), and graduate fellowships (e.g., Case Center for Urban Gerontology).