As you begin imagining yourself in this academic community, with all of the ideas and questions that can come with that, we thought it would be grounding to start introducing you to the core faculty that steward this robust learning environment. So throughout the matriculation season, we’ll be featuring Faculty Fridays on this blog. Part bio, part course overview, part Q&A—we hope you enjoy learning more about these fine folks as much as we have. You can also check out our staff directory to see who makes up the faculty with whom you’ll soon be learning.

Our very first faculty highlight is Dr. Stephanie Neill, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology. Dr. Neill is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing in Western Washington since 1990, and in the Los Angeles area prior to that. In addition to private practice, she served as teaching assistant at Rosemead School of Psychology and as an adjunct and practicum supervisor in the graduate psychology program at Seattle Pacific University. She holds an AA degree in liberal arts from Cottey College, a BS in psychology from Montana State, and an MA and PsyD in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the VA hospital in Tacoma, where her training emphasis was on post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Neill began her work in the Practicum program at The Seattle School in 2001. In addition to her teaching, she runs a private practice in Woodinville.

Dr. Neill’s primary classes include Professional Ethics, History and Therapeutic Perspectives, and Interpersonal Neurobiology.

What are you currently reading?

Consolations by David Whyte
Garden Time by W.S. Merwyn
Bear Town by Fredrick Backman
The Heart of Higher Education by P. Palmer & A. Zajonc
The Endless Practice by Mark Nepo

What have you been listening to lately?

It’s spring! So I have been listening to ravens quorking as they dazzle mates and build nests, Beewick’s wrens chirping as they find their nesting spots on the ground, woodpeckers tapping and hollowing out tree trunks—and of course the incredible wind we get in April!

What research do you find yourself drawn to at the moment?

Anything related to interpersonal neurobiology and how our brains function, as well as issues of race and culture.

Any exciting summer plans?

Paddle boarding, hiking and backpacking, time with family, and creating new recipes with kale.

If you could have dinner with any person, dead or alive, who would they be?

My grandfather, though I’d probably have to eat lutefisk and lefsa. Uff da!

If you weren’t in your current profession, you’d be…?

A landscape architect.

Who is your literary or living hero?

Gerard Manley Hopkins.