University of Utah names dean for College of Social and Behavioral Science

Published: Tuesday, May 20 2014 12:00 p.m. MDT

The University of Utah's College of Social and Behavioral Science has named Cynthia Berg its new dean and Richard Forster its new associate dean.

Jordan Allred,

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SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah's College of Social and Behavioral Science has named a new dean and associate dean.

Cynthia A. Berg, professor of psychology at the U., has been named the dean of the college effective July 1, pending approval by the board of trustees. Richard R. Forster has been appointed associate dean

Berg has served as interim dean of the college since 2013 and was chairwoman of the psychology department from 2008 to 2011. She joined the U. faculty in 1987 and holds a doctorate in psychology from Yale University.

Berg's research involves developmental and health psychology, examining how individuals in close relationships deal with stress, decision-making, and problem-solving around chronic health conditions such as diabetes and cancer. She has been published and funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Forster has been interim associate dean since 2013. He is a professor of geography and joined the U. faculty in 1999. His research focuses on using remote sensing data to derive information about snow and ice conditions at Earth's surface — specifically how glaciers and seasonal snow cover response to climate change.

Forster holds a doctorate in earth and atmospheric sciences from Cornell University.

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