Braden Berkey

Braden Berkey

Department Faculty
  • Associate Professor
    Clinical Psy.D. Department
  • The Chicago School Chicago
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
325 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60654
325 N Wells St
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Dr. Berkey completed his doctoral work in clinical psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He has held positions in private practice, university counseling, managed care and community mental health care settings. Dr. Berkey served as the Director of Behavioral Health and Social Services at Howard Brown Health Center for six years, during which time he expanded graduate training opportunities and developed a comprehensive substance abuse program. He was recruited by the Center on Halsted in 2006 to create the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Institute, which worked to expand access to LGBT culturally competent mental health clinicians. He is currently developing a new not-for-profit organization, Projects Advancing Sexual Diversity (PASD).

Dr. Berkey joined the faculty as an adjunct professor in 2008, and came on board as a core faculty member the following year. He teaches courses on ethics, clinical interviewing, diversity, professional practice, gender, sexual minorities and advanced psychotherapy practicum. Braden has a strong interest in public health issues and integrated healthcare. He served on a variety of committees with the Alliance of Chicago, playing an active role in the development of a community based electronic health records system. He completed the Certification in Nonprofit Management offered through the Great Cities Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He maintains a private practice in Oak Park, which focuses on sexual minority populations.

  • B.S., Psychology major, Biology minor, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Wright State University
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois
Areas Of Expertise

Professional memberships

  • American Psychological Association Division 29 – Psychotherapy
  • American Psychological Association Division 44 - Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
  • American Psychological Association Division 51 – Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity

Community Involvement

  • Consultant, Test Positive Aware Network
  • Advisory Board, Schweitzer Fellowship Program
  • Co-Director, Alternative Sexualities Conference

Select Presentations

  • Berkey, B.R., Gaines, A. & Moran, C. (May, 2012). Creating Clinical Practice Guidelines for Work with the Kink Community. Presented at the Fifth Annual Alternative Sexualities Conference, Chicago, IL 

  • Berkey, B.R. & Schrio-Geist, C. (January, 2012). Ethical Issues and HIV/AIDS Clinical Work. Presented at Long Island University, Brookville, NY 

  • Berkey, B.R. (November, 2011). Midlife Issues in Sexual Minority Clients. Presented at the Chicago LGBTQ Behavioral Health Training Consortium, Chicago, IL 

  • Berkey, B.R. (May, 2010). Addiction in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Communities. Presented at the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute’s Discovering Hope: Understanding Addiction conference, Evanston, IL 

  • Berkey, B.R. (October, 2009). Boundaries and Self Disclosure. Presented at the Chicago LGBTQ Behavioral Health Training Consortium, Chicago, IL 

  • Berkey, B.R. (August, 2009). Integrating Methamphetamine Assessment into Gay Men’s Health Care. Presented at the American Psychological Association 119th Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.