Sue Stoner was the first EIU alumni to join the psychology department. After receiving her master’s in education she held a position as an academic advisor at the university from 1965 to 1970. In 1970, Stoner joined the psychology department as an instructor.
During her tenure in the psychology department, Stoner focused on several different areas of research including educational psychology, personality psychology, age/sex differences and anger relating to drug use in undergraduate students. She was appointed the first female chair of the department from 1988 to 1989 and also served as co-coordinator of the school psychology master’s program that same year.
Additionally, Stoner was on the board of directors for both the Central East Alcoholism & Drug Council (CEAD) and the Court Appointed Special Advocation (CASA) program. In 1991, the same year as her retirement, she was honored with a Women of Achievement Award. Mrs. Stoner passed away in 2006.
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