Faculty/Staff Bio

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Rachel M. Russell

B.A., Swarthmore; PhD, University of Michigan;

School Counselor, Psychology


Work Phone: 860-945-5937

Year Appointed: 2007

Rachel graduated from Swarthmore College in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a minor in English literature, and a concentration in women’s studies. Upon graduation, she received a number of awards, including Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and the Oak Leaf Award--presented by faculty to the woman of the graduating class who is the most outstanding leader, scholar, and contributor to the college community.

Following Swarthmore, Rachel entered a graduate program in clinical psychology at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Ph.D. in 1998. During graduate school, Rachel’s internships included psychotherapy with children, families, adults, and couples. Her dissertation investigated how women who have recovered from anorexia and bulimia explain their reasons for developing an eating disorder.

After graduating from Michigan, Rachel worked in private practice, supervised psychology interns at the University of Michigan’s Psychological Clinic, and taught in the university’s psychology department.

Rachel and her husband returned to the Northeast in 2001 when Rachel was invited to serve as a visiting professor at Wesleyan University. In 2006, she began work with the Taft Counseling Center, and was invited to join the Taft faculty and help counsel students full-time. Rachel will begin teaching AP psychology in the fall, will continue to see students in the Counseling Center, and will work with Jean Piacenza to redesign and broaden the school’s health program. Rachel lives in Middlebury with her husband and children.

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