Clive Kennedy

Clive D Kennedy

Department Faculty
  • Program Faculty
    Forensic Psychology
    Associate Professor

  • The Chicago School Los Angeles
Forensic Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.

Although trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Washington in Seattle, Dr. Kennedy has practiced as a forensic psychologist for over 25 years.  He has been a member of the Los Angeles County Superior Court Panel of Experts since 1985 and his practice continues to serve courts within LA County.  His practice has also included contracts with the California Youth Authority, California Department of Child and Family Services Family Preservation Department, and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He is one of the early APA Minority Fellows and one of the founding members of APA Division 45—The Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues.  Before beginning his teaching career, he worked for over 20 years as a substance abuse specialist at UCLA.  He has worked with the South Central Training Consortium as a supervisor and training director since 1993, dedicated to supervising the work of all students with families of Color.  In addition to domestic violence in families of Color, his practice interests also include substance abuse, AIDS prevention/treatment issues, cross-cultural relations, and other stress, mental health, and forensic psychology related issues.

Late in his career, Dr. Kennedy discovered teaching and taught face to face for three years before entering the world of blended or hybrid courses at The Chicago School. Since 2009, he has taught in the Clinical Forensic Psychology program with at least half of the curriculum online.  Beyond convenience, he has learned the strengths of online delivery systems that promote student independence and involvement in the subject, resulting in a curriculum of the best in both worlds.

Dr. Kennedy believes in meeting the student at his or her level. He values life experiences that have contributed to the student’s level of development; and he aims to assist the student in recognizing their values and skills relevant to the curriculum. Learning is viewed as a lifelong process of knowledge acquisition and skill development. Through communication, the student can incorporate these resources into the learning process as they meet the course objectives presented. 

Under Dr. Kennedy's direction, interested students have completed dissertations and/or provided services to several populations including (but not limited to):

  • Domestic Violence Center

  • Parolee Residential Substance Abuse Treatment/Re-entry Program

  • Homeless Shelter and Transitional Living Center

  • Urban High School

  • DCFS Family Preservation InHome Counselor Program

  • LASD High Risk Adolescent Parent/Child Program

  • These are only a fraction of the training settings available to students in the Clinical Forensic Department.


  • B.A. Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Ph.D, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Psychology Internship, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist-California
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • "Effects of Anger Expression and Interracial Tension on Blood Pressure." Kennedy, C.D., Chesney, AP, Gentry, WD, Gary, H.E., Harburg, 661-726-7783E. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association; Washington, D.C. August 1982.

  • "Expanding cultural competence within the forensic psychology practice" A paper presented at the annual meeting of the California Psychological Association: Anaheim, CA April 4, 2008.

  • "Halting AIDS in the Black Community" (Chair). A symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association; Atlanta, Georgia. August 1988.

  • "Local Clinical Scientist as a Community Mental Health Model" Kennedy, CD A presentation presented at Augustus Hawkins Community Mental Health Center. Los Angeles, CA 1/2008.

  • "Local Clinical Scientist: A training model most appropriate to community mental health" A Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association: Boston, MA August 17, 2008.

  • "Effective Interventions for Black Men", Kennedy, CD; Rice, Johnney, Paper presented for Institute of Domestic Violence in the African American Community: Unpacking the Significance of our Diversity: Norfolk, VA August 13-14, 2012.

Select Publications

  • Gentry, W. D., Chesney, A. P., Kennedy, C. D., Hall, R. P., Gary, H. E., & Harburg, E. (1983). The relation of demographic attributes and habitual anger-coping styles. Journal of Social Psychology, 121, 45-50.

  • Gentry, WD, Chesney, AP, Gary, H.E., Kennedy, C.D. & Harburg, F. Behavioral Medicine and the Risk for Essential Hypertension. Revue Internationale de Psychologie Appliqué 32 1983, Pp. 85-94.

  • Kennedy, C.D. & Wagner, N.N. Psychology and Affirmative Action: 1977. Professional Psychology, 10: 1979, pages 234-243.

  • Kennedy, C.D. Biofeedback and Cognitive Control in Children with Learning Disabilities. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Washington, 1981. Dissertation Abstracts International.

  • Kennedy, C.D. Reflections on Psychotherapy with African American Families. The Family Psychologist, 6 (3); 1991.

Community Involvement

  • Consulting Psychologist for San Fernando Parole.
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Panel of Psychiatrists and Psychologists.
  • Psychological Services Supervisor for Children's Center of Antelope Valley.
  • Supervising Psychologist for Hope Gardens Homeless Shelter.
  • Training Director for South Central Training Consortium.

Professional Memberships


Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.
A: Assess students strengths and support educational development to meet objectives and outcomes.

Q: Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
A: Using Local Clinical Scientist model to assess and implement empirically supported interventions among underserved communities.

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A: At the time, clinical psychologists appeared to be the best trained to accomplish the life tasks that were important to me.

Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: Find your passion and utilize the many resources within the The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to meet your goals.