Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods

President, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

As President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods oversees one of the most successful nonprofit professional graduate schools in the nation comprised of three campuses in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. and a robust online program. The institution serves more than 4,500 students in the fields of psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences. Through 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 the Los Angeles Campus received this distinction for the first time in 2013. As Community Service is a foundational pillar of The Chicago School, students each year continue to provide hundreds of hours of high-impact service and professional support to nearly 500 nonprofit organizations across the nation. Collaborations with prestigious institutions such as CETYS University of Mexico, Xavier University of New Orleans, and Florida A&M University, among others help the institution extend its Engaged Professional Model of Education to a broader network.

For the third consecutive year, The Chicago School was named as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 2014/2015 year, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

In 2014, Dr. Nealon-Woods spearheaded the development of a forward-thinking 2015/2020 Strategic Plan to create a new roadmap for the future of the 35-year-old institution. The plan is aimed at continuing to position The Chicago School as a national leader with a global reach. In addition to innovative new programs, in 2014, Dr. Nealon-Woods established the institution’s first Master of Public Health Program, linking mental health to overall health and well-being through a new Health Sciences Division. The institution’s first Bachelor’s Completion Program in Psychology was also established this year, creating a seamless transition for students into professional psychology education, and signals the beginning of and a new Undergraduate Studies Division. 

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 within 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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