Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods

National President, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

As National President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods leads one of the most successful nonprofit professional graduate schools in the nation, directing three campuses in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. that serve nearly 4,500 students in the fields of psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences. With more than 20 degree programs, The Chicago School provides a foundation of knowledge and applied practice grounded in its core values of education, innovation, service, and community.

As a result of Dr. Nealon-Woods’ leadership, TCSPP continues to earn national recognition for its work in the community. In 2013, the institution’s Chicago Campus was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for the sixth consecutive year, and for the first time, the Los Angeles Campus also received this distinction.

In FY 2012-2013, TCSPP students provided more than 700,000 hours of high-impact community service in local communities, and the institution currently maintains relationships with more than 500 nonprofit organizations across the nation. In 2013, The Chicago School was named as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and that same year, also received the California Psychological Association’s 2013 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award.

Through a forward-thinking strategic plan that positions The Chicago School as a national institution with global reach, Dr. Nealon-Woods has led the development of innovative new programs, including the formation of the National Centers for Research and Practice in Latina/o Mental Health, and Veterans and Military Psychology and forged collaborations with prestigious institutions such as CETYS University of Mexico, Xavier University of New Orleans, and Florida A&M University, among other achievements.

An alumna of the school’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Nealon-Woods later served as a faculty member and chair of this program at the Chicago Campus before moving to California. In 2006, Dr. Nealon-Woods received the institution’s Distinguished Teaching Award in the area of public service teaching and is an accomplished writer and speaker on a wide range of psychology-related topics. She is also an active blogger for the Huffington Post.

Dr. Nealon-Woods’ distinguished career reflects her dedication to ensuring that underserved populations receive the mental health care they need and deserve. She began her career in clinical psychology in Dublin, Ireland, before moving to the United States in 1994, where she worked with adolescents in group homes and foster care for more than six years. In addition, her experience includes working in a variety of clinical settings with diverse groups including inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, forensic, and academic settings. Today as a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Nealon-Woods specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and their families. In addition to her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Nealon-Woods holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree from University College in Dublin, Ireland.

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