Debbie Prentice came to Princeton in 1988 and joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1989. Prentice has spent her entire career at Princeton with the exception of brief sabbatical visits to New York University and the University of Paris Descartes.
Prior to becoming provost on July 1, 2017, she served as the dean of the faculty from 2014-2017, chair of the Psychology Department for 12 years, and co-chair of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity.
Prentice is a social psychologist whose research focuses on how beliefs and norms serve as catalysts for behavior stasis and change. She finds applications of her research in her administrative work every day. Outside of work, she enjoys travel, music and quality time with her husband, three kids and a range of pets.