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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

July 2012 E-Newsletter

In This Issue Chief Academic Officer Chicago Graduation International Program Online Travel Abroad National Service Week Rwanda Day Grant Awards ICFF Partnership Naomi Ruth Institute Teaching Awards Congressional Briefing Dr. Thomas Dr. Danielli Award APA Student Visit

Student Affairs Career Hub Launched Visit our new online job board now! Fellowship Priscilla Cheng Awarded the Schweitzer Fellowship. Read more Humanitarian Service Award Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program at the Chicago Campus. Read more

National President's Message Henry Ford once said, "Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." As I read through the articles in this edition of “Community Matters,” I cannot help but be reminded of the power of what people can do when they work together towards a common goal. At TCSPP, we come together every day to prepare students for careers in psychology and related behavioral and health sciences, while also giving to the communities in which we live and work. Consistent with our model of education, we strive to exemplify how our students can leverage their careers to advance their profession – and – become true agents of national and global change. I am often asked to comment on “why” our college is so successful and why we attract such a remarkable group of faculty, staff, and students. My answer is always the same: We don’t just come here to work and study, we come here because we collectively believe in the mission of our institution and in the absolute power and impact of what we do. When I read here about the many personal accomplishments of our colleagues, when I reflect back on the smiles of our recent graduates at our Chicago campus and wonder at what they will accomplish throughout the course of their careers, when I consider the impact of the work done by our college, I know that we’re truly making great contributions to the field of mental health. To all at TCSPP, you inspire me each and every day. I am deeply grateful for all you do and the passion you bring to the field. As you give of yourself in so many ways, remember also to take time this summer for yourself and your loved ones. Have a wonderful summer and see you for our new academic year in fall 2012.

AAFP Award

Meet Dr. Jay Finkelman, Vice President of Academic Affairs


Megan Shaal of our Chicago Campus was the winner of a $500 Dissertation Award from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. IAWRT Grant Danica Anderson of our LA Campus was awarded a grant from the International Association for Women in Radio and Television to produce a short video based on her trauma work. Alumnae Testified in Congress Regarding VA Mental Health Care Read Testimony. AmeriCorps Vista

& Chief Academic Officer TCSPP is pleased to announce the appointment of Jay M. Finkelman, Ph.D. ABPP, to this new position. Dr. Finkelman was the former Professor and System-Wide Director of Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology, Organizational Psychology Division. “On behalf of our Board of Trustees and senior leadership, we are thrilled to have Dr. Finkelman join our national leadership team,” said Dr. Nealon-Woods, TCSPP’s National President. “His leadership and vision will help us continue to think creatively of how we train the next generation of multicultural psychologists.” Read full press release.

Chicago Commencement Speech Addresses Challenges of 21st Century Psychology On Friday, June 8th, our Chicago Campus welcomed approximately 3,500 graduates, guests, faculty, administrators, staff, and volunteers to the Civic Opera House in downtown Chicago for the 28th annual Commencement Ceremony honoring graduates from our Chicago/Grayslake campuses and Online/Blended Programs. TCSPP awarded degrees in 14 areas and honored two new programs--the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Ph.D. in International Psychology.

The Community Partnerships Department was awarded an AmeriCorps VISTA for the fourth straight year. Learn More Emergency Notification System Launched TCSalert (Emergency notification system) has launched across at TCSPP campuses. Sign Up Here. Dr. Santiago-Rivera Chief Editor of New Journal of Latina/o Psychology

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Joseph White, was honored with a Doctorate of Humane Letters for his achievement in the field of psychology and for his trailblazing work in the field of African-American and ethnic psychology. Dr. White spoke about the four emerging trends in 21st Century psychology: Multicultural psychology, positive psychology, social justice, and the emergence of women as a force in psychology. Sister Margaret Johnson, Psy.D. ’85, was our Distinguished Alumna of the Year, and Jennifer Klapatch, Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis, served as student speaker. See More Photos on Facebook.

International Program Highlights Dr. Azara Santiago-Rivera, lead faculty of the Counseling Psychology Program, DC Campus, was appointed Chief Editor of the inaugural Journal of Latina/o Psychology to be published by the APA in January 2013. Check out the cover.

This Spring, over 70 students and several faculty members from all campuses participated in Study Abroad by traveling to Thailand, Israel, Northern Ireland, Nepal, Rwanda, Zambia, London and Mexico. A life-changing experience for many, each program led by faculty, integrated the academic syllabus into the culture and communities of the countries visited. For example, in Northern Ireland, Dr. James Galezewski, Associate Professor in the Clinical Psy.D. Program at the Chicago campus, and his students, worked with PIPS, a suicide-prevention organization that provides training to ‘ordinary members of the community.' After on-ground course work, Dr. Leslee Brown, Assistant Professor at the Westwood campus and an International Faculty Lead for the California campus, led a group of students to the London Tavistock Clinic to train their staff in the facilitation of work discussion groups. These are just a few of the rich experiences that our faculty created for


Presentations Dr. Quiñonez presented at the National Latino Congreso on “Developing a Mental Health Workforce for Latinos.” The Congreso was held in Chicago May 17-19 for the first time. President Nealon-Woods, Dr. Taylor and Emily B. Karem, Associate Vice President, International Services, will present "Comprehensive Internationalization: TCSPP's Five Pillar Model at The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)’s 26th Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

our students. We will have programs traveling this summer to the Ukraine and Vienna. Program proposals for faculty to lead study abroad for Spring 2013-2014 are due September 15, 2012! Email jfullick@thechicagoschool.edu if you are interested in learning more. Read More about the International Program.

Online Doctoral Students Provide Community Service Abroad Our Spring 2 term concluded with 26 of our online doctoral students traveling to Brazil, China and Peru, for their field experience. Students engaged in a wide array of activities, providing 115 hours of community service this term. Furthermore, our faculty leads provided an additional 37 hours of community service. Field experiences have been transformational for our students. One example of this is the Langa House Project, which one of our students, Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi, established in an effort to help reunite a family who had been displaced following the recent burning of their home. Nausheen is collecting donations to help rebuild this home and we are grateful for her efforts!

First National Service Week Benefits 16 Organizations and Engages Our Community

Check out TCSPP at LA Pride on Facebook TCSPP In The News Dr. Hector Adames NBC5, Chicago

Anthony Lewandowski MySuburbanLife.com

Dr. Hector Torres APA Monitor on Psychology

Dr. Orlando Taylor Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Nancy Zarse FM News, Chicago

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Susana Orozco (left) and Maribel Garcia from the Student Accounts office at the Chicago Campus play with children during National Service Week

During the week of June 18-22, 62 TCSPP faculty and staff members volunteered at 16 different nonprofit organizations during TCSPP's first National Service week held June 18-22 across all campuses. The goal of National Service Week is to further the institution’s commitment to community organizations, and to promote engagement among the entire TCSPP community, by providing a variety of volunteer opportunities. Community sites ranged from food banks to youth centers to community gardens. TCSPP has a strong history of service, which has been recognized five times through the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Click here for a full listing of organizations, and check out more pictures on Facebook.

Rwanda Day Training Program Re-affirms Commitment to Victims of Genocide


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(L-R) Dr. Taylor, DC Campus President; Dr. Overton, Co-Chair, TCSPP Center for African Psychology; Dr. Pierre Dusingizemungu, University of Toulouse II France; Dr. Vincent Sezibera, Associate Faculty, International Psychology Online Program; Dr. Tiffany Masson, Rwanda International Liaison Officer & National Chair, International Psychology Program TCSPP; and Dr. Chante DeLoach, Co-Chair TCSPP's Center for African Psychology.

TCSPP's commitment to education and research in international and African psychology includes a special focus on Rwandan affairs. On May 29, our DC campus hosted a panel discussion on Rwanda in the aftermath of its Genocide, and to discuss TCSPP’s Global HOPE Training Initiative. The discussion led by Dr. Dusingizemungu, Dr. Sezibera, and Dr. Tiffany Masson, exemplified our commitment to creating exceptional learning opportunities for students no matter their ability to travel, so they can become our next global agents of change. Read More About the Global HOPE Initiative and the Center for African Psychology.

Significant Grant Awards Advance Goals TCSPP has received a three-year award of $1,871,373 from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled “TCS Academic Leadership Graduate Certificate Program” (HRD-1217427). This grant will support the development and delivery of a new Academic Leadership Graduate Certificate for women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Read full press release. The APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs has awarded TCSPP a grant to develop a model program for the recruitment and training of ethnic minority doctoral students for careers in the professoriate. This grant will increase the number of racial and ethnic minorities, and also serve as a prototype for the nation's psychology departments. Read full press release. And, the Michael Reese Health Trust provided a $7,500 grant for the development of tool kits to support families of fallen military service members at major Illinois Connections for Families of the Fallen events. Read the ICFF story below to see how the tool kits are used.

Community Partnerships and ICFF Support Military Families In partnership with Illinois Connections for Families of the Fallen (ICFF), two student volunteers Timothy Burnett, Brittney Briggs, pictured right, and two TCSPP members Jill Glenn, Director of Community Partnerships, and Gaurav Singh, Community Engaged Scholarship Coordinator for Community Partnerships, accompanied almost 20 community organizations to Springfield, IL for an event that provided resources and support to families of fallen military service members. Approximately 80 people attended the program on May 5 and provided overwhelmingly positive feedback on


being uplifted as a result of our efforts. Specifically, students and staff helped design a resource toolkit on various grief-related topics such as choosing a therapist, handling loss during the holidays, and coping with stress.

Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute's Annual Conference Focuses on Anxiety Issues

(L-R) Dr. Mark Pollack, Dr. Rick Zinbarg, Susan Richman, Dr. Carroll Cradock, Marci Dickman, Marilyn & Larry Cohen, Rev. Scott Mitchell.

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute (NRCI) at TCSPP hosted a conference on June 3, 2012, where more than 325 attendees heard Dr. Mark Pollack, Dr. Rick Zinbarg and Susan Richman speak about managing anxiety in children, adolescents and adults. The panel members each spoke about the disease, and helped both the public and professionals learn about new options for treatment, and work that still needs to be done to improve the lives of 25% of Americans dealing with this condition. In addition, experienced professionals led 15 discussion groups, giving further information on anxiety and related issues. Every year, 37 organizations exhibit at the conference, providing a wealth of additional resources available in the community. Read Full Story.

Congratulations to 2011/2012 Distinguished Teaching Award Winners Please congratulate this year's winners of our Distinguished Teaching Award program. Now in its second year, the recipients are: Dr. Richard Sinacola LA campus, who received the Award for Excellence in Teaching; Dr. Nancy Newton, Chicago campus, the recipient of the Award for Public Service Teaching Excellence; and Dr. Nayeli Chavez, Chicago campus, who received the award for Multicultural Teaching Excellence. In addition, Dr. Maureen Keeshin received Community Partnerships’ Faculty Award for Service Learning, and Jennifer Klapatch, from our Chicago campus, received the first Adjunct Teacher of the Year award.

DC Campus President Gives Congressional Briefing to Prevent McNair Program Cut Dr. Orlando L. Taylor, President of The Chicago School’s Washington, DC campus, was invited to speak at a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill on May 16 in defense of proposed funding cuts to the Ronald E McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. The Program is a vital part of the equation for the U.S. to produce a highly-qualified, well-prepared, and diverse faculty that is essential for our nation's colleges and universities to remain competitive in the global marketplace. Additionally, TCSPP was invited to co-sign a letter of concern with several other institutions to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Read Letter.

Dr. Thomas To Participate in Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Dr. Joneis Thomas, faculty in the Clinical Psy.D. program at the DC campus, has


been selected to participate in the American Psychological Association's (APA) Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology: Year Five. Dr. Thomas will be attending the Academic/ Academic Medical Track of the program in Orlando, FL from July 30 to August 1, 2012. Read More

Dr. Danielli Receives Lifetime Achievement Award by APA Division 56 Dr. Yael Danielli, a clinical psychologist, traumatologist, and victimologist, will be presented with APA's Division 56-Trauma Psychology's Award for Lifetime Achievement during the APA's Annual Conference in Orlando, FL on August 3, 2012. Dr. Danielli co-founded and directs the Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and Their Children in New York. Dr. Danielli also serves as a distinguished professor in international psychology at TCSPP.

Students Visit National APA Headquarters Dr. Santiago-Rivera (left) and several TCSPP students recently visited the national headquarters of the American Psychological Association in Washington DC to connect with the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs, and the Office of Public Policy. The students represented the leadership of several student associations such as the Multicultural Awareness Club, Counseling Psychology Student Association, Psychology without Borders, DC Students for Industrial Organization Psychology, Military Psychology Student Association, and Forensic Psychology Association.

(L-R) Dr. Tiffany Townsend (first row center), Senior Director, Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs; Dave Jean, Intern, Office of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students; Stefanie Reeves, Senior Legislative & Federal Affairs Officer, Government Relations Office, Public Interest Directorate.

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Psychology provides an excellent education for careers in psychology and related behavioral and health sciences. The school is committed to service and embraces the diverse communities of our society. Our logo symbolizes: • Education • Innovation • Service • Community


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