Sue Farruggia, Ph.D.

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Sue Farruggia
Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs
UH 2704
601 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-996-8115


  • adult influence on student success and development within a cultural perspective
  • the influence of universities and colleges, faculty, parents, important non-parental adults (VIPs), mentors and transition coaches on the development of academic achievement and well-being
  • translational research to identify areas for change and create/facilitate/test evidence-based intervention and prevention initiatives.


Undergraduate Student Success. Identifying the factors that promote retention and graduation in college among diverse students in an urban environment.

Foster Care Youth. Understanding the factors that promote a positive transition to adulthood, with a focus on education, for youth in the child welfare system.

Youth mentoring. Examining the qualities and characteristics of mentors and mentoring programs that promote student educational achievement and well-being.


2006University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. Developmental Psychology; minor: Quantitative Analysis & Research Methods
1998California State University, Northridge
M.A. Community-Clinical Psychology
1992 Saint Mary’s College of Minnesota
B.A. Psychology; minors: Anthropology, Theater