Large Group of Doctoral Students from TCSPP Inducted Into Prestigious Bouchet Graduate Honor Society


Thirty-three doctoral students from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) campuses at Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. were recently inducted into the prestigious Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. TCSPP Washington, D.C. President Orlando L. Taylor is a founding member of the Society and received the annual Bouchet Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education in 2004. The Bouchet Graduate Honor Society was inaugurated by Yale University and Howard University in 2005, and now exceeds 200 members.

The Bouchet Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is the nation’s largest nonprofit graduate institution devoted to psychology and related behavioral and health sciences. A list of TCSPP inductees is at the conclusion of this news release.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology joins 10 esteemed university partners – Cornell University; George Washington University; Howard University; Rutgers University; University of California – Los Angeles; University of California – San Diego; University of Michigan; University of Wisconsin – Madison; Washington University in St. Louis; and Yale University, who have been recognized by the Bouchet Society for producing outstanding scholars committed to contributing to the development of their field(s) of study.

The Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society commemorates the first African American to earn a doctorate degree from an American university (Physics, Yale University, 1876). One national charter with two chapters was inaugurated by Yale University and Howard University in 2005. The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of pre-eminent scholars exemplifying academic and personal excellence, character, service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

“Our inductees embody the qualities of Dr. Bouchet through their pursuit of academic excellence, community outreach and service,” said Michele Nealon-Woods, Psy.D., national president of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. “This high-achieving group of students is the first to represent The Chicago School in the Bouchet Honor Society, raising awareness of our learning institution as a school of choice, and our mission of innovation and quality. Our students, faculty and staff are very proud of their accomplishments, as am I.”

Dr. Nealon-Woods also participated in this year’s Bouchet Conference, providing the opening keynote on the implications of violence to mental health and opportunities for scholars.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Doctoral Students and new members of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society are:

 Los Angeles

Jessie Caldera, Applied Clinical Psychology

Maggie F. Gindlesperger, M.A., Clinical Psychology

Shanon R. Harmon, Business Psychology

Vanessa M. Holtgrave, Clinical Forensic Psychology

Julia L. Locklear, Business Psychology


Washington, D.C.

Sharon A. Asonganyi, International Psychology

Stephanie Beck, International Psychology

Terrica Bird, Business Psychology

Shirley Carroll, International Psychology

Toya Joyner, Business Psychology

Janelle Junkin, International Psychology

Crystal Kominar, International Psychology

Gerson Morales, International Psychology

Latoya Patterson, Clinical Psychology

Chatonia Zollicoffer, International Psychology



Marie Hankinson, Organized Leadership

Leila Ellis-Nelson, Clinical Psychology

Priscilla Cheng, LMFT, MA Clinical Psychology

Frances McClain, Counselor Education and Supervision

Damita Sun Wolf LaRue, Clinical Psychology

Allayna Pinkston, Clinical Psychology

Suela Sulo, Organization Leadership

Nicole Thalheimer, Clinical Psychology

Allison O’Mara, Clinical Psychology

Ivan Gonzalez, Clinical Psychology

Cheryl Green, International Psychology

Vanessa Hicks, Clinical Psychology

Anne Slanina, Clinical Psychology

Antonio Cortes, Business Psychology

Teatta Gilbert, Business Psychology

Amelia Justice, Clinical Psychology

Roblyn Lewter, International Psychology

Matthew Wood, Organizational Leadership

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About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral and health sciences. It serves more than 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Los Angeles and branches in Irvine & Westwood); and Washington D.C.  as well as Online programs. The institution is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and its Clinical Psychology doctoral program in Chicago is accredited by the American Psychological Association. A member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, TCSPP is recognized for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The community service initiatives on the Chicago Campus have also earned recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for six consecutive years, and the Los Angeles Campus gained its first award this year. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is a leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit

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