Los Angeles Campus Of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Graduates 215 Doctoral and Master's Candidates



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Chris Stout, Ph.D., founding director of Center for Global Initiatives, to deliver keynote

 (Los Angeles) (October, 15, 2013)The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP)—one of the leading institutions devoted to psychology and the fields of behavioral and health sciences—will graduate over 200 doctoral and master’s candidates, and welcome hundreds of family members and guests during its annual commencement ceremony on October 18, 2013 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Students at TCSPP’s Los Angeles Campus and branches in Irvine and Westwood will graduate from about 20 different psychology programs offered by the institution. Michele Nealon-Woods, Psy.D., National President of The Chicago School, will lead the ceremony.

Dr. Chris Stout a licensed clinical psychologist and the Founding Director of the Center for Global Initiatives, will be presented with an Honorary Degree and deliver the commencement address titled, “Humanitarian Intervention at the Global Level.” Currently, Dr. Stout is a professor at the College of Medicine, Department of Psychology, and a core faculty at the International Center on Responses to Catastrophes, at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He also holds the distinction of being one of only 100 world-wide leaders appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow 2000 – joining the ranks of Tony Blair, Jody Foster, Bill Gates, R. J. Rowling, and Lance Armstrong.

Representative of the Graduating Class is Michelle Grigorian Garcia, Psy.D. Her dissertation, “If I Only Had Empathy: An Examination of Empathy on Delinquent Behavior,” researched at-risk youth in inner-city Los Angeles and examined the influence of empathy on their behaviors. She gained her inspiration for her dissertation while volunteering with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) Vital Interventions and Directional Alternatives (VIDA).

The Los Angeles Campus has an ongoing collaboration with LASD that has resulted in several scholarly works including dissertation and professional presentations. Currently, TCSPP’s faculty and students in the Clinical Forensic and Clinical programs provide a number of mental health services to participants, and parents of VIDA and community stakeholders at several sites.

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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 4,500 students across campuses in Chicago; Los Angeles and branches in Irvine and 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 www.thechicagoschool.edu.


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