Derek Phillips

Derek Phillips

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



  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Psychopharmacology


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


  • Prescribing/medical psychology
  • Clinical psychopharmacology
  • Performance validity testing

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. He is the youngest prescribing psychologist in Illinois and the only prescribing psychologist in central or southern Illinois. Dr. Phillips served as a Health Service Psychologist in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program 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 (Society for Prescribing Psychology). In 2022, Dr. Phillips was awarded a Presidential Citation by APA President, Dr. Frank Worrell, as well as the Diversity Award from APA Division 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice) and the Educator of the Year Award from APA Division 55. In 2023, he received the Outstanding SPTA ECP Leader Award from APA Division 31 (State, Provincial, and Territorial Affairs) and the Distinguished Illinois Psychologist Award from the Illinois Psychological Association.

Dr. Phillips is the Immediate Past President of the Illinois Psychological Association, Secretary of Division 42, Treasurer of Division 44 (Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity), member of the APA RxP Designation Committee and APA CPT Advisory Committee, and Member-at-Large of the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists Board of Directors. He also serves on the Quality Improvement Committee and Inclusion Team at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

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