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. Derek Phillips is a licensed clinical and prescribing psychologist in Illinois, a licensed psychologist in Florida, a board-certified medical psychologist, and a clinical neuropsychologist and prescribing psychologist in the Department of Neurology at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in central Illinois. 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. Dr. Phillips is a 2019 graduate of FDU’s MSCP program. To help fund this endeavor, 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. In 2022, Dr. Phillips was awarded a Presidential Citation by APA President, Dr. Frank Worrell. Dr. Phillips obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology (summa cum laude) from Olivet Nazarene University in 2009, as well as his Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology and Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology (clinical neuropsychology concentration) from the APA-Accredited Adler University – Chicago campus in 2012 and 2015, respectively.

Regarding current service to psychology, Dr. Phillips is Chair of the APA Board of Convention Affairs (2022), Secretary of Division 42 (Independent Practice), Treasurer of Division 44 (Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity), President-Elect of the Illinois Psychological Association, a member of the APA RxP Designation Committee, and a Member-at-Large of the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists Board of Directors. Additionally, he was the 2021 President of APA Division 55 (Society for Prescribing Psychology) and was the first early career psychologist to hold this position. He serves on the Editorial Board for the journals Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology and Practice Innovations. Previous service includes: member of the APA Council of Representatives from Division 55; member of the APA Practice Organization’s Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP); Social Responsibility Section Associate Chair, Graduate Student Section Chair (IPAGS), and Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Section Chair of the Illinois Psychological Association; ECP Chair of the Florida Psychological Association; member of Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) Early Career Neuropsychologist Committee; and Co-Chair of the Division 42 Student/ECP Committee.

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