Derek McNeil, PhD
Dr. J. Derek McNeil is currently serving as Acting President and Senior Vice President of Academics. After serving on The Seattle School Board of Trustees for two years, Dr. McNeil was appointed to his role as SVP of Academics in the summer of 2010.
Dr. McNeil has a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University and an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to joining The Seattle School, Dr. McNeil worked at Wheaton College Graduate School for 15 years, working in the PsyD program with doctoral students in counseling psychology. He has also worked as a clinician in private practice, a diversity advisor and coordinator, an organizational consultant, and an administrator.
Dr. McNeil’s research, writing, and speaking have focused on issues of ethnic and racial socialization, the role of forgiveness in peacemaking, the identity development of African-American males, and marital intimacy. He has written chapters in The Black Family: Past, Present, and Future (1991) and Men to Men: Voices of African American Males (1996). His teaching has also included coursework on Social, Cultural, and Spiritual Foundations of Mental Health, Family Systems Therapy, and Group Theory and Therapy.