Derek C. Phillips, PsyD, MSCP, ABMP, is a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of Illinois and Florida, a board-certified medical psychologist, and a clinical neuropsychologist in the department of neurology at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, a nonprofit, regional hospital system in rural east central Illinois. Additionally, Derek is a prescribing psychology resident at Sarah Bush Lincoln, completing rotations in emergency medicine, surgery, internal medicine, and psychiatry in 2021. He is director of the APA-designated MS in clinical psychopharmacology program within the school of psychology and counseling at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he is also an adjunct professor in the APA-accredited clinical psychology PhD program teaching psychopharmacology. Previous academic appointments include adjunct professorships at Lake Land College and in the MA in clinical psychology program at Eastern Illinois University. Derek is also currently a health service psychologist in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program.
He earned his BS in psychology and social work (summa cum laude) from Olivet Nazarene University in 2009 and MA in counseling psychology (2012) and PsyD in clinical psychology with a concentration in clinical neuropsychology (2015), both from Adler University (previously Adler School of Professional Psychology) Chicago campus. He completed a one-year internship in clinical psychology/neuropsychology and two-year fellowship in clinical neuropsychology in Lakeland, Florida, at Psychological and Neurobehavioral Services, P.A. of the Centerstone Consortium. In 2019, he obtained his MS in clinical psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. As previously mentioned, Derek is currently completing an 18-month prescribing psychology residency at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, Illinois, and plans to apply to become a licensed prescribing psychologist in Illinois in mid-2021.
Regarding prior and current volunteer leadership service, Derek is a former member of the APA Council of Representatives (representing Div. 55, 2018–2019) and former member of the APAPO Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP, 2015–2016). He is a current member of the Council of Representatives of the Illinois Psychological Association as chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Section (2019–present), chair-elect of the APA Board of Convention Affairs (2019–present), secretary of APA Division 42 (Independent Practice, 2019–present), treasurer-elect of APA Division 44 (Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2020–present), member of the Illinois Association of Prescribing Psychologists Board of Directors (2020–present), chair of the Illinois Clinical Psychologists Political Action Committee (2018–present), and editorial board member of Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology (2020–present) and Practice Innovations (2021–present). Derek was a 2017 recipient of the Walter Katkovsky Scholarship for Psychopharmacology Training from the American Psychological Foundation and the 2020 recipient of the Patrick H. DeLeon Prize for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy from the Society for Prescribing Psychology (APA Div. 55). He is the twenty-first, and first ECP, president of Div. 55!