Derek Phillips

Executive Director, MS Clinical Psychopharmacology Program
School of Psychology and Counseling



  • Psychopharmacology


  • BS, Olivet Nazarene University
  • MA, Adler School of Professional Psychology
  • PsyD, Adler University
  • MS, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Academic Profile

Dr. Phillips is a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of Illinois and Florida, a board-certified medical psychologist, and a clinical neuropsychologist and medical staff member in the Department of Neurology at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in east-central Illinois, where he also completed a prescribing psychology residency. Dr. Phillips served as a Health Service Psychologist in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2019-2021. He was awarded the Walter Katkovsky Scholarship for Psychopharmacology Training in 2017 by the American Psychological Foundation. In 2020, he was awarded the Patrick H. DeLeon Prize for Outstanding Student Contribution to the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy by APA Division 55.

Regarding current service to psychology, Dr. Phillips is Chair-Elect of the APA Board of Convention Affairs, Secretary of Division 42 (Independent Practice), Treasurer of Division 44 (Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity), and a Member-at-Large of the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists Board of Directors. Additionally, he is President of APA Division 55 (Society for Prescribing Psychology) and President-Elect of the Illinois Psychological Association. He also serves on the Editorial Board for the journals “Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology” and “Practice Innovations.”

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