Over the past two decades, Dr. Hamill has served CSUSM at almost every level — department, college, and university. From serving as the psychology department chair and leading assessment efforts for GE programs to organizing conferences and engaging with our community, Dr. Hamill has demonstrated a supreme level of commitment to our students and our region.

At the core of Dr. Hamill’s service is a profound belief in the university’s goal to transform lives. Her Because I Care community outreach program recently celebrated ten years of success. Started because Dr. Hamill saw a need to provide support and education to families engaged in long-term care giving, the program has touched hundreds of disabled children, Alzheimer’s patients and many more.

As a complement to Because I Care, Dr. Hamill developed community events such as the Community Resource Fair that connects caregivers with support services. She also   created the educational publication, Caregiving for Sandwich Generation Families. More than 60,000 area homes have received the booklet.

Dr. Hamill engages in her work with our region not only because of the personal satisfaction she receives, but also to show students what it means to be a community engaged institution, and how our daily involvement in our neighborhoods can bring about change.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Hamill is involved in several organizations aimed at lessening the burden of caregivers. She holds leadership positions with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Elizabeth Hospice Board of Directors.  She is passionate, dedicated and a role model to both students and colleagues.

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In what has become a campus tradition to kick off the start of spring semester, President Karen Haynes honored eight faculty and staff for their exceptional service and achievements at the President's Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards Reception on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.