TCSPP Launches an Academic Leadership Certificate Program for Women with National Science Foundation Grant


Coinciding with Women’s History Month, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), a nonprofit graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral and health sciences, has launched a Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Leadership, thanks to a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (HRD-1217427).

The program prepares and trains women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for academic leadership roles either within their STEM disciplines or within institutional administrations nationwide. Once they have completed the one-year program, participants will receive a Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Leadership from TCSPP and are ready to assume a variety of leadership positions in academia. The program is seeking female faculty members at HBCUs with a doctorate degree in a STEM field to be part of the first cohort of fellows. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2013.

“With The Chicago School of Professional Psychology comprised of at least 80 percent women among our student body, we are deeply committed to preparing the next generation of women in top roles in higher education,” said Michele Nealon-Woods, Psy.D., national president of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. “I look forward to the day when there are many more women in leadership sitting right alongside me at conferences, on committees and in the boardrooms.”

Research shows there continues to be an absence of women in leadership positions in academia and, in particular, the absence of women with a background in the STEM disciplines. This program helps to address the significant problem of underrepresentation of women in the STEM fields in academic leadership positions at HBCUs. It will focus on equipping participants with extensive knowledge of the psychology of leadership, providing mentoring opportunities to assume such leadership roles, and preparing them to overcome institutional barriers to advancement.

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 six consecutive years. The Los Angeles Campus also received this distinction for the first time in 2013. 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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