Judy Ripsch

Judy Ripsch

Psychology Adjunct Faculty
  • Department Faculty
    Clinical Counseling
    Assistant Professor
  • The Chicago School Chicago
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Online)
Chicago, IL 60654
Office Location
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Room 4090
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
Judy Ripsch, L.C.S.W., joined The Chicago School in 2006. Her additional areas of expertise include pain management, rural populations, chronic mental illness, decision making, emotional health, obesity, and shyness.
  • B.A. Psychology, MacMurray College - Jacksonville, IL
  • M.S.W., University of Illinois - Champaign, IL
  • Ph.D., Loyola University - Chicago, IL
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • How Valuable Are Interviewing and Diagnostic Skills for Applied Behavior Analysis Students? presented at The Behavior Analysis Society of Illinois: 19th Annual Conference, 2007?

Community Involvement

  • Residential Alternatives Board (Housing Oppertunities for Mentally Ill and Developmentally Disabled Individuals
  • Mid-Central Community Action of McLean and Livingston Counties Board
  • Livingston County Commision on Children and Youth Board
  • President of Quality Assurance Committee for Futures, Unlimited
  • Volunteer Nurse at Livingston County Free Health Clinic
  • Red Cross Crisis Stabilization Volunteer

Professional Memberships

  • Midwest Pain Society
  • A.C.S.W.


Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.
A: I believe that good teaching begins by building rapport with students and completing an assessment of their level of mastry of the course material. Once the base level of understanding is established, it is possible to plan mechanisms to increase that level to the required standards for advancement. These mechanisms are most effective if they approach learning through multiple varied modalities. Through out this process, I believe that enhancecd student growth is achieved when teachers are "real" with their students, and the students feel safe.

Q: Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
A: At this time, I believe that psychology, as a science, has the capacity to produce an integrated understanding of ourselves, our cultures, and our world.

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A: I would like to contribute to this understanding and influence it's use for social justice.

Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: Get ready to grow!