TCSPP Goes Global



(February 7, 2013)The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), a nonprofit graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral sciences, was awarded a grant from the Japan Foundation to develop a study abroad program in Japan that aims to train future generations of globally minded psychologists and internationalize psychology training and curriculum.

”The Chicago School of Professional Psychology goes above and beyond by offering our students a truly rich educational experience that takes them around the globe to apply their learning where it matters: in the real world,” stated Michele Nealon-Woods, Psy.D., national president of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. “Thanks to grants like the one generously awarded by the Japan Foundation, we expand TCSPP field experiences even further, and develop precious kinship with faculty and students that will make a mark on psychology for a lifetime.”

The grant funds study abroad trips as part of a course titled “Power of One: Japan” spearheaded by Dr. Sayaka Machizawa, associate director of Community Partnerships at TCSPP, along with a group of TCSPP graduate students. The group will visit Tokyo’s Ochanomizu University and exchange ideas on cross-cultural issues in psychology with its students and faculty. Students from both institutions will also visit a variety of sites, including childcare facilities to conduct behavioral observations. Faculty and students will team up to organize a symposium at Ochanomizu University to cover a range of topics, including the intersection of sociocultural factors and mental health, culturally-bound syndrome, and community-based wellness interventions. Students will continue ongoing exchanges with cross-cultural scholarship and research collaborations as well as regular communications to work on shared projects. The objective is to ultimately disseminate project findings to the international psychology community through presentations and publications. 

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers doctorate degrees in International Psychology with international field experiences lead by TCSPP faculty where students gain first-hand experience into the social, cultural, political and psychological issues impacting a region. In addition, all students may participate in study abroad programs and travel to regions throughout the world, including Brazil, Ireland, Israel and Rwanda, to name a few, for an immersion and service-learning experience that goes far beyond classroom learning.

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 sciences. It serves more than 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (L.A., 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 five consecutive years. 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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