Dr. Chris Stout is a licensed clinical psychologist and has a diverse background in various domains. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Global Initiatives a top rated healthcare nonprofit and Platinum Ranked by GuideStar Through the Center, he was able to gain approval from the Tanzanian Ministry of Education to establish a kindergarten for an orphanage amongst other projects and collaborations.
Chris held an appointment as a Clinical Full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and served as an Advisory Board Member in starting their Center for Global Health. He was a Fellow in the School of Public Health Leadership Institute and a Core Faculty at their International Center on Responses to Catastrophes as well. He also held an academic appointment at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ Mental Health Services and Policy Program, and was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Health Systems Management at Rush University. He is the first psychologist to have an invited appointment to the Lake County Board of Health, where he served for a decade.
He was Vice President and Founding Director of the Department of Clinical Research and Data Analytics, for ATI Holdings, LLC, the nation’s largest sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation organization and holding a $2.5B valuation, overseeing all clinical outcomes of patients with musculoskeletal concerns, and managed the clinical data resulting from over 24,000 patient visits a day. From these large datasets, he has developed and served as Principal Investigator for two national registries in the NIH National Library of Medicine’s ClinicalTrials.gov (Evidence-based Guide Investigating Clinical Services, NCT02285868 and Evidence-based Guide Investigating Medical and Preventative Services NCT04050319) which were listed in AHRQ’s Registry of Patient Registries. He also has experience as being the PI on National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grants, NIMH/SAMHSA grants, and with the FDA in the area of prescription digital therapeutics (PDTx), 510(k) predicated device applications, and software as a medical device (SaaMD) application. He is a co-inventor of a patent application for an Integrated Healthcare Monitoring System.
Chris is a Fellow in three Divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA), past-President of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA), and is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. He was appointed Federal Advocacy Coordinator for the APA and served for over a decade, going to Washington, DC advocating for healthcare reform and served as a Presidential Cabinet Advisor to the Department of Education on Special Education and Mental Health. He also chaired the Legislative Affairs Committee for the IPA, formally provided testimony on healthcare needs to a government panel, and was as an editorial cartoonist on healthcare advocacy and policy. In recognition of his service, the IPA named him Distinguished Psychologist of the Year (1999) and he received Federal Advocacy awards from the Association for the Advancement of Psychology (1997), APA (1998), and the APA’s Heiser Award (1999). Chris was elected to APA’s Committee on International Relations in Psychology for a three-year term and during that time also served as Co-Chair with Florence Kaslow. The focus of the Committee was on thinking strategically and collaboratively to promote psychology globally. He also was a coauthor of APA’s Going International: A Practical Guide for Psychologists Academics Going Abroad and Going International: A Practical Guide for Psychologists Book 2: Engaging in International Collaborative Research
Chris worked as a Non-Governmental Organization Special Representative to the United Nations through the APA and had the honor of formally speaking there, authoring a position paper on The Copenhagen Declaration, and subsequently co-edited (with Harvey Langholtz) The Psychology of Diplomacy based on his work and experiences at the UN and subsequent to his work on The Integration of Psychological Principles in Policy Development He was appointed by the Secretary of the US Department of Commerce to the Board of Examiners for the Baldrige National Quality Award, was a trained APA-Accreditation site reviewer, and was invited to serve on the APA Task Force on Envisioning, Identifying, and Accessing New Professional Roles.
Chris produced the critically acclaimed four volume set The Psychology of Terrorism (with Klaus Schwab contributing the Foreword), the three volume collection The Psychology of Resolving Global Conflicts (with Mari Fitzduff), and the award–winning three volume set, The New Humanitarians. He served as the Series Editor of
Contemporary Psychology (Praeger) and Getting Started (Wiley) and has published a number of peer-reviewed articles as well as 38 books on various topics in psychology, including the popular Evidence-Based Practice (Wiley, with R. Hayes). Various chapters and books of his have appeared in a total of 8 languages As a world-wide speaker, organizational consultant and startup whisperer, Chris has worked or traveled in all 50 states, over 100 countries, 6 continents, and visited over 130 World Heritage Sites. He was noted as being “one of the most frequently cited psychologists in the scientific literature” in a study by Hartwick College He most recently published the edited volume, Why Global Health Matters, with Nobel Laureate, Jody Williams, authoring the Foreword, and was the #1 New Release in Psychology and Medicine when it debuted, adding to Chris’ Best-Selling author credentials His academic productivity scores are h-Index=42, i10 Index=113, and 7949 citations based on Google Scholar findings. He is listed in TED Conferences Founder Richard Saul Wurman’s “Who’s Really Who, 1000: The Most Creative Individuals in America.”
He is the Executive Producer and Host of a popular syndicated podcast, Living a Life in Full, featuring guests working in the humanitarian space and spills over into his LinkedIn Top Voices posts on global health, technology, and humanitarian activism, nearing a half-million followers, and a 2022 piece he wrote for LinkedIn News, was a Pulitzer Nominee in Editorial Writing. He is Editor-in-Chief of the sister LinkedIn publication, Tools for Change with over 150,000 subscribers. In 2021 his show was ranked in the Top 5% of Podcasts by ListenNotes. He is also an Executive Producer for the documentary film, Somewhere Else Together.
He has served as Chief of Psychology, Director of Research, and Senior VP of an integrated behavioral healthcare system during a 15-year tenure. He was appointed as Illinois’ first Chief of Psychological Services for the Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health–making him the highest-ranking psychologist in the State of Illinois and a committed reformer of psychology within the governmental setting. He also served as Chief Clinical Information Officer for the State’s Division of Mental Health in 2004–a Cabinet-level position. Chris has also served in CEO, COO and CCO positions in various behavioral healthcare startups. The breadth of his work ranges from having served as a judge for Dean Kamen’s FIRST Robotics competitions, to serving on the Young Leaders Forum of the Chicago Community Trust.
Chris holds the distinction of being one of only 100 world-wide leaders appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow joining the ranks of Tony Blair, Jody Foster, Bill Gates, and J. K. Rowling, and he was an Invited Faculty at the Annual Meeting in Davos. He was invited by the Club de Madrid and SafeDemocracy to serve on the Madrid-11 Countering Terrorism Task Force.
His humanitarian activities include going on international missions with the Flying Doctors of America to Vietnam, Rwanda, Peru, and the Amazon; War Child in Russia; having worked with the Kovler Center (for Refugee Survivors of Torture), Amnesty International, RWJ Foundation, the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, and Psychologists for Social Responsibility. He also was a delegate at the State of the World Forum in Belfast. He is a signatory to the UN’s 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He was appointed as a Special (Citizen) Ambassador and Delegation Leader to South Africa and Eastern Europe by the Eisenhower Foundation. He is the inventor of the “52 Ways to Change the World” card deck. Via his philanthropic work endowed a scholarship at Purdue’s School of Engineering and Technology for students conducting research, service or international projects. He has won awards for public service announcements he’s written and produced as well as for his photography one was displayed in the Smithsonian, and was inducted into his high school’ s and his university’ s Halls of Fame. In 2022, he was named One of the Top 100 Doctors by the Global Summits Institute.
Dr. Stout was educated at Purdue University at Indianapolis, attended The University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, and Forest Institute, gaining over twenty-four awards and four scholarships; including, the Purdue Distinguished Academic Performance Award, the Purdue Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, and Valedictorian of his doctoral class. He obtained post-doctoral experience at Harvard Medical School as a Fellow in Neuro-developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. He has received four additional doctorates (honoris causa) in Philosophy, Humane Letters, Humanities, and from Purdue School of Engineering, a Doctor of Technology, in addition to over 30 other post-doctoral awards.
He has been interviewed on many radio, cable, local, and national television programs (e.g., CNBC, CNN, WGN, NBC, PBS, NPR, Medical Rounds, Chicago Tonight, CL-TV, Oprah, Eye On Harvard, Christina, Bertise
Berry, et al), and by numerous publications (Time, Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Women’s Day, Modern Healthcare, Associated Press, Child Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Windy City Sports, NorthShore Magazine, Monitor on Psychology, ...). He coined the term “Emmortality” and numerous registered servicemarks. Chris was registered by the Securities and Exchange Commission as a Section 203(c) Investment Advisor when he founded SmartWealth. He was an American Delegate and presenter at the 1st International Conference on Unconventional Computing. A unique and distinct honor was his being named one of ten Volunteer’s of the Year by Pioneer Press in 1999, for his global efforts, and both the Senate and House similarly recognized his work by proclamation of “Dr. Chris E. Stout Week.”
His entrepreneurial experience is demonstrated in multiple start-ups that include the areas of finance, media, healthcare, engineering, technology, and consulting (with a top-tier client list that includes Oracle). He is now an angel advisor, early money-in investor, and serves on a number of for- and not-for-profit boards. Chris has held licenses or certifications as a Clinical Psychologist, in Wilderness Medicine, a US Cycling Federation, Division IV Racing License, Certified in CPR, Disaster Mental Health Certified, a Motorcycle Road Racing License, Certified SCUBA Diver, Boating License, SEC 203(c) Registered Investment Advisor, an APA Site Reviewer, a Baldrige Award Examiner, American Institute of Architects membership, Porsche Club Concurs Judge, and was even a Licensed Bar Tender. Chris is a decorated Division Officer in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary (District 9WR, Flotilla 47 – 2) with qualifications in the areas of FEMA Incident Command, National Incident Management, Homeland Security, Marine Safety, and Environmental Protection which is augmented with his efforts as a Water Action Citizen Scientist working with the DNR at The Ridges.
His current interests are in humanitarian intervention and the multidisciplinary integration of psychology, public health and global health, along with evidence-based practice and outcomes, complex systems and ways in which technology can augment and assist. A special honor is having his body of work become part of the Smithsonian’ s collection in the “Dr. Chris E. Stout Archive” housed at The Center for the History of Psychology, University of Akron
He’s an avid endurance- and adventure-athlete as an ultra-marathon runner, certified diver (Blue Hole, Great Barrier Reef, night, narco- and shark-dives), and a devoted (albeit amateur) alpinist, having thus far summited three of the world’s Seven Summits as well as Mt. Whitney (tallest in 49 states), Mt. Rainier, Yosemite’s Half-Dome, Pikes Peak (with his daughter), Adam’s Peak (Sri Lanka), and founded Summits For Others. He also shows concours-winning vintage BMW motorcycles and Porsches as well as custom built Ducati café racers, but his greatest joy comes from being with his best friend and wife, Dr. Karen Beckstrand and their two adult children, Grayson and Annika.
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APA International Humanitarian Award Winner
Chris E. Stout: International Humanitarian Award (2004). American Psychologist, 59(8), 842–853. https://doi.org/10.1037/0003-066X.59.8.842
Citation: "For his tireless pioneering of cross-disciplinary projects world-wide, in healthcare, medical education and sciences, human rights, poverty, conflict, policy, sustainable development, diplomacy, and terrorism, all of which result in a tapestry with psychology serving as the integrating thread, we honor Dr. Chris Edward Stout. He is a rare individual who takes risks, stimulates new ideas, and enlarges possibilities in areas of great need but few resources. He is able to masterfully navigate between the domains of policy development while also rolling-up his sleeves to provide in-the-trenches care. His drive and vigor are disguised by his quick humor and ever-present kindness. He is provocative in his ideas and evocative in spirit. His creative solutions and inclusiveness crosses conceptual boundaries as well physical borders. No one is more deserving of this highest recognition than our esteemed colleague, Dr. Chris Edward Stout, whose work and impact spans the globe."
International Psychology’s Rock Star
Monitor on Psychology, December 2007, Vol 38, No. 11, page 41 http://www.apa.org/monitor/dec07/rockstar.aspx
It's the rare psychologist who gets to trade intellectual bon mots with international luminaries such as Bono, Al Gore, Tony Blair, both Clintons and Steve Jobs. But, after Chris E. Stout, PsyD, was named one of the World Economic Forum's 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow in 2000 a group of world leaders under age 40 who have demonstrated socially responsible leadership he was invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, for three years running.
"You never really know why you get invited," jokes Stout. "My impression was that it was a mistake."
But there's no mistaking Stout's passion for integrating psychology with public health around the world. Since the early '90s, Stout has been bringing health and psychological assistance to children and families in countries such as Vietnam, Rwanda and Peru. Building on his former work as a child psychologist, his involvement in global health projects, the time he spent at the United Nations as part of APA's nongovernmental organization and the connections he made in Davos, Stout founded the Center for Global Initiatives in 2004 to train health-care professionals and students to create sustainable programs.
"We develop projects that can be handed off to locals," says Stout. The center's projects have included establishing a kindergarten in Tanzania for children orphaned by AIDS and providing health care to families living in Bolivian prisons.
Most recently, Stout brought a group of nurses, physicians and other health professionals to the center to design a project to train groups of Cambodian villagers in basic emergency medicine and first aid that can be used to stabilize injured people until they can get to a hospital.
Stout has further plans for the Bolivian prisons, where inmates' children live and go to school when there's no one else on the outside to care for them. The teachers there have no resources, so Stout is assembling child-friendly psychological and resiliency materials, children's books and parenting information. He plans to use center funds to send interested psychology grad students to the prisons to train the teachers to incorporate the materials.
Not as glamorous as Davos, but exactly where Stout wants to be.
Past interviews and talks: https://issuu.com/dr.chrisstout/stacks/08a0997fa6cc47a58a4e4c7f981831db
and whatnot: https://issuu.com/dr.chrisstout/stacks
For very specific details: https://issuu.com/dr.chrisstout/docs/the_list
References and Reviews
Harvey J. Langholtz, PhD
Department of Psychological Sciences, William & Mary
Executive (Founding) Director of the Peace Operations Training Institute
Former Commanding Officer of the US Coast Guard Institute, responsible for all distance learning in the service and member of the US Delegation to the UN, serving on the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations.
Mari Christine Fitzduff, PhD
Professor, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Founding Director of the Community Relations Council, which developed many of the conflict resolution initiatives in Northern Ireland.
Former Director of UNU/INCORE, a joint initiative of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster, where she held a Chair in Conflict Resolution.
Victor Olusegun Adeniji, MA
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Communities United to Remove Epidemics Initiative (the CURE Initiative), Lagos, Nigeria
William H. Reid, MD, MPH
University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Texas A&M College of Medicine
Former Medical Director, Texas Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Camille Helkowski, MEd, NCC, LCPC
Private practice and faculty in the Masters of Pastoral Counseling Program at Loyola's Institute for Pastoral Studies
Former Associate Director of the Career Development Center at Loyola University Chicago
All of us aspire to someday “make a real difference” in the world yet, caught up in our own day- to-day personal crises and seemingly pressing obligations, very few of us ever fulfill this important human dream Chris Stout is a world class humanitarian who has taken the time to vividly explore the inside world of those who have succeeded Perhaps with this new appreciation for how to succeed, more of us will eventually fulfill our own personal quest to make the world just a little bit better ”
Pat DeLeon,Ph.D., M.P.H.,
JD, Past President of the American Psychological Association
“Stout's stories of social innovators in The New Humanitarians are inspiring and instructive -helpful to anyone who wants to participate in building a better world.”
David Bornstein, author, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, and The Price of a Dream, and has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, New York News- day, and other major publications.
“Usually we think it takes someone extraordinary to do something of great value a Gandhi or a King In fact, the people profiled in these volumes are just like most of us nobodies to start with, who became some bodies because they answered a call. The moral here may be that if we hear that ‘still small voice,’ act on it. It can make a difference, including just supporting any of these organizations at any level, or one like them.”
John Steiner, Co-founder, The National Commons and Chair, the Transpartisan Center
“Poverty takes many forms, from lack of health care and the most basic education, to vulnerability to the abuse of others. Where governments and multilateral agencies are falling short, concerned individuals have been racing forward with creative solutions like white blood cells addressing infections. This is one of the most powerful movements at work in the world today. Chris Stout is shining a bright light on their critically important work.”
Welford Welch, Author, The Tactics of Hope - How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing Our World
“We learn by our own experiences and by living the experiences of others through stories. We are human because of our connectedness with other humans. What Chris has done in The New Humanitarians is to capture and share in a compelling way the inspirational stories of people who are making a real difference to others; people who are leading beyond self-interest. Just think if we all did that…”
Fields Wicker-Miurin, Leaders' Quest, CFO, London Stock Exchange, Governor of King's College London.
“(We) appreciate Dr Chris Stout's outstanding service to the Nation as a member of the Baldrige National Quality Program Evaluation Team for Healthcare.” - (the late) Ronald H. Brown, United States Secretary of Commerce
“We are indeed grateful to you (for) having been in the forefront of advocacy throughout the years, and to have helped to create and shape psychology.” - Richard M. Suinn, PhD, APA President 1998-9, and Jack Wiggins, PhD, APA President 1992-3
“Chris is a true model for not only his peers to emulate, but for all of us to admire.” - Stephen Pfeiffer, PhD, Executive Director Emeritus, AAP
“Systems expert Dr. Chris Stout has performed his magic again. His insightfully crafted methods provide a clean and easy road map .. (along with his) seasoned advice for those that want rapid solutions that work.” Douglas H. Rubin, PhD
“There is optimism and vulnerability that filter through Chris' world view and suffuse his work. His energy is respectful of others and hopeful for the world and we are all better for it.” Leigh W. Jerome, PhD
“More action, and less rhetoric, to improve the health and well-being of people is a fruitful approach to global peace. Chris should be commended for his systematically working toward his goals.” Dan