Dr. Dorothy Kozlowski began serving as interim dean of the College of Science and Health in September 2018.
Dr. Kozlowski is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, served as the founding Chair of the Department of Health Sciences from 2011-2013, and is currently the Director of the new Neuroscience Program in the College of Science and Health. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Knox College, M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed postdoctoral fellowships in Neurosurgery at UCLA and Neurobiology at Northwestern University.
Her teaching and research focus is in neuroscience. Specifically, Dr. Kozlowski is interested in how the brain tries to repair itself following traumatic brain injury through neuroplasticity. She, her students, and collaborators also study how to enhance brain repair through therapeutic approaches such as physical rehabilitation, stem cell transplantation or pharmacological agents. Her lab is also interested in understanding why repeat concussions result in long-term neurological deficits. Her research has been published in a variety of journals and book chapters, and has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the United States Department of Defense.
Dr. Kozlowski teaches courses in neuroscience in the Biology Department, Neuroscience Program and liberal arts program. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award from DePaul in 2010 and the “Educator of the Year” award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, an international organization, in 2011. In addition to teaching and research Dr. Kozlowski works with DePaul students and the Concussion Legacy Foundation to offer concussion education presentations to youth in the Chicago area. These presentations are designed to teach youth about the symptoms of concussion and how to play sports safely. She is also actively working on bringing attention to the role concussions play in victims of domestic and interpersonal violence.
Kozlowski is the daughter of Polish immigrants and the first in her family to attend college. DePaul’s Vincentian mission is one that resonates with her on an incredibly personal level. In 2014, she was selected to join the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Professors, a faculty organization at DePaul whose goal is to enhance the educational mission of the university in ways consistent with its distinctive values. Since 2017, she has been participating in the Vincentian Mission Institute to deepen her understanding
of what it means to be a vibrant Catholic, Vincentian University.