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Meet the Interim Provost

Dolores Bradley Brennan, Ph.D.

Dolores Bradley BrennanDolores Bradley Brennan, Ph.D.,  has been appointed interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Spelman College, effective Sept. 3, 2021.

Dr. Bradley Brennan came to Spelman in 2001 under a joint appointment with the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University. A distinguished scholar in visual perception and development, physiological optics and visual system anatomy, Dr. Bradley Brennan has published 22 papers and book chapters on visual development and processing, most recently focusing on identifying effective treatments for childhood visual disorders. She was promoted to full professor at Spelman in 2010, and in 2012 elected to Epsilon of Georgia, the Spelman chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

She closed her Yerkes laboratory in 2016, about the same time that she transitioned from chair of the psychology department and College-wide director of undergraduate research to interim vice provost of Spelman. Since 2017, as vice provost and associate vice president of Academic Affairs she has promoted initiatives for the professional development of department chairs, worked with faculty colleagues and departments to infuse active learning into the curriculum, supported faculty scholarship productivity, and new/junior faculty development, either internally or in partnership with entities such as the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.

Dr. Bradley Brennan graduated magna cum laude with double majors in psychology and English from Tennessee State University, and she earned her master’s and doctorate in experimental psychology from Brown University.