Deborah Gough, a professor in the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, has been named acting associate dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.
She temporarily replaces Mary Pritchard, who is serving as interim dean.
She also serves as assistant to the chair and has served the College of Health and Human Services as a member of College Council, representative to the Provost’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Workload Policy Development and several university committees.
Gough earned her M.A. degree in rehabilitation counseling and her Ed.D. in counselor education at NIU. She has trained extensively in issues of disability, loss and grieving, and provides training on disability as an issue of loss, grieving and personal growth to rehabilitation and education professionals and consumers/family members on both state and national levels.
She has facilitated therapy groups for individuals with disabilities, addressing personal impacts and psycho-emotional responses to their challenges.
Outside of work, Gough is the parent of a son with autism who has taught her valuable lessons in disability, grieving and growth. She is also the proud parent of four other children, all of whom are either NIU alumni or students.