The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Faculty/Leadership Speaking Engagements and Scholarship, Spring 2011


Richard_Sinacola_2010cropped.jpgDr. Richard Sinacola, associate professor of clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, will speak at the California Association of Marital and Family Therapists 47th Annual Conference on May 15, 2011 in San Francisco. Dr. Sinacola will present “Update on Psychopharmacology: The Latest Medications for Depression, Anxiety and Psychotic Conditions.” He recently co-authored Basic Psychopharmacology for Counselors and Psychotherapists, a textbook for psychology students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.




Copeland-Ellis.jpgDr. Ellis Copeland, Dean of Academic Affairs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, will speak at TED x ASU West, Redefining Video Games on April 30, 2011 at the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.  This event is showcasing the wide variety of thoughts, discussion and research of those who will shape and influence the future of video games. Dr. Copeland is leading the effort to provide a testing scale [the CAWS—Child and Adolescent Wellness Scale] and a curriculum as a tool for helping to promote wellness in our society.  Rooted in resilience research and the philosophy of positive psychology, the CAWS is a recently developed self-report instrument that provides psychologists a means of evaluating the competencies of children and adolescents across 10 domains associated with well-being. The CAWS is a tool to assess children’s strengths both in practice and in mental health research. The creation and validation of the CAWS represents a step forward in translating positive psychological concepts into practice, and filling the void relative to the measurement of positive individual traits. Dr. Copeland will speak on a video game that will be distributed with the CAWS to help teach wellness skills.


Nealon-Woods-Michele.jpgOnly 23% of college and university presidents are women, and 82% of all college presidents are over the age of 51. All of which puts Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods, president of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, in a distinct--but highly distinguished--minority. But if Dr. Nealon-Woods and other women leaders at the ACE Southern California Network 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Forum have their way, they won’t be in a minority for long. At this year’s Forum, entitled Holding on to the Horizon in the Midst of Turbulent Times, held at California State University on Friday, April 15, Dr. Nealon-Woods shared the dais with Dr. Loretta Adrian, president of Coastline Community College, and Dr. Jolene Koester, president of CSU Northridge. The powerhouse panel discussed their paths to leadership, the importance of mentors, the barriers they faced and how they have broken through them, and managing to strategic goals.


Zarse-Nancy.jpgDr. Nancy Zarse, associate professor of clinical forensic psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, was invited to speak at the FBI’s 2011 Campus Safety Conference held at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois on April 15, 2011. Dr. Zarse, who also serves as a mental health consultant for the Chicago Police Department and South Suburban Emergency Response Team and as resource staff for the FBI, presented on “How to Assess Student Behavior and Identify Warning Signs.”




Taylor_Orlando.jpgDr. Orlando Taylor, president of the Washington, D.C. Campus and interim vice president of academic affairs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, delivered a plenary address on April 12 at the Presidential Plenary of the 2011 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. The Plenary Session, entitled Geography in the Changing Worlds of Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges, explored geography’s future in the context of the changing role of the university in society. With challenges—and opportunities--like the economic downturn, rising costs, the explosion of knowledge, changing student demographics, new academic delivery modalities and globalization, American colleges and universities must assiduously embrace more interdisciplinarity, faculty and leadership diversity, and new models for teaching and learning. Dr. Taylor addressed these challenges and opportunities in the context of newer and "niche" institutions like The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, which typify the changing face of American higher education. In addition to Dr. Taylor, plenary speakers included Duane Nellis, Ph.D., president of the University of Idaho and past president (2002-2003) of the Association of American Geographers, and Dr. Maresi Nerad, associate professor for higher education and founding director of the national Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE) at the University of Washington, Seattle.  


Shaw-James.jpgDr. James (Jim) Shaw, assistant professor of forensic psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, spoke at the 2011 School Response Conference on March 18, 2011. Dr. Shaw addressed "Why Al-Qaeda Wants U.S. Gangs: and Why You Don't Want them on Your Campuses.” According to Dr Shaw, "America's schools need to teach this FBI-validated violence education and prevention curriculum for personal and social responsibility reasons, just like they teach Driver Education and Training for motor-vehicular responsibility reasons having to do with preservation of life and reduction of risks." With the existence of the US Gangs and Al-Qaeda's recruitment, Dr Shaw added that schools need to provide law enforcement officers, courts, probation officers, parole agents, psychologists and licensed clinical social workers with tests and assessments to measure law violators' concepts of Americanism, areas of conflicts and attitudes promising or perishing conformity to American ideals. The conference was held in Orlando, Florida.


Mishara-Aaron.jpgDr. Aaron Mishara, professor of clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, has three book chapters in press:

  • Mishara A.L. (in press). The Unconscious in Paranoid Delusional Psychosis Phenomenology, Neuroscience, Psychoanalysis. In: Founding Psychoanalysis Phenomenologically. Edited by Lohmar D, Brudzinska J. New York: Springer.
  • Mishara A.L., Schwartz, M. (2011). Altered states of consciousness as paradoxically healing: An embodied social neuroscience perspective. In: Cardeña E., Winkelman (Eds). Altering Conciousness: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. New York: Plenum Press.
  • Mishara, A.L. (2011) The Literary Neuroscience of Kafka's Hypnagogic Labyrinth: How Literature informs the Neuroscientific Study of Self and its Disorders. To appear in: Jaen-Portillo, I., Simon, J. (eds). The Cognition of Literature. (Book Chapter) Austin: Univeristy of Texas Press.

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