Derek Phillips

Program Director, MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology,
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 is also currently completing a prescribing psychology residency. Dr. Phillips serves as a Health Service Psychologist in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He was awarded the Walter Katkovsky Scholarship for Psychopharmacology Training in 2017 by the American Psychological Foundation (APF). 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-Elect of Division 44 (Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity), a member-at-large of the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists Board of Directors, and Chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Section of the Illinois Psychological Association. Additionally, he is the 2021 President of APA Division 55 (Society for Prescribing Psychology). He also serves on the Editorial Board for the journals Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology and Practice Innovations.

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