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James Walsh

James Walsh

Department Chair/Associate Professor
  • School Psychology
    Department Chair
    Associate Professor

  • The Chicago School Chicago
    The Chicago School Grayslake
Department
School Psychology
Address
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
Email
JWalsh@thechicagoschool.edu
Website
Biography

Dr. James Walsh joined The Chicago School in 2005, and has served as department chair since 2009. Before coming to the Chicago School he was a school psychologist for the LaGrange Area Department of Special Education in Chicago's western suburbs, and practiced as a clinical psychologist for a group practice. He completed his postdoctorate at Washburne Middle School in Winnetka, IL. He completed his predoctoral internship at The Ethan Allen School for Boys, a juvenile corrections facility in Wales, Wisconsin.

Education
  • B.A. in Politics, Washington & Lee University
  • M.S. in Developmental Psychology, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Licensure(s)
  • Licensed Clincial Psychologist—Illinois
  • Certified School Psychologist
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • Walsh, J. (2014).  What is Your Ethical Dilemma? Presented at the Wisconsin School Psychology Association Annual Meeting.  Baraboo, WI.
  • Wakelin, M., Kria, D.L., Ullberg, R, & Walsh, J. (2014).  Special Education Bootcamp, Presented at the Chicago Bar Association.  Chicago, IL. 
  • Walsh, J. (2013).  What is Your Ethical Dilemma?  Presented at the Illinois School Psychologists Fall Conference.  Schaumburg, IL.
  •  Kelly, R., Cruise, T., Walsh, J., Swerdlik, M., Newman, D. (2013).  State Wide Internship Plan Ratings:Consideration of Professional Competencies Presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Trainers Conference.  Seattle, WA.
  • Walsh, J. (2013).  What is Your Ethical Dilemma?  Presented at the Illinois School Psychologist's Association Annual Conference.  Springfield, IL. 
  • Walsh, J. (2012). Working with Schools:  How to Help Your Clients.  Presented to Pre and Post-doctoral Interns at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. 
  • Barrett, T., Quinonez, V., Walker, D., & Walsh, J. (2012).  I Know a Quality Academic Department When I See it-- Right?  Presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Multicampus Faculty Conference.  Chicago, IL
  • Walsh, J. (2011).   Learning Disabilities and Law Students.  Presented at John Marshall Law School Conference for Disability Law Association.
  • Walsh, J. (2011).  Admissions at The Chicago School:  What do we do?  What should we do?  Presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Multicampus Faculty Conference.
  • Walsh, J. (2008). Parenting Girls in the New Millenium. Presented at The Naomi Ruth Cohen Foundation Annual Community Conference.
  • Walsh, J. (2008). Ethics and Professional Issues for School Psychologists. Continuing Education Workshop for School Psychologists, presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
  • Halpin, M., Berg, E., & Walsh, J. (2005) A toolkit for consulting to schools. Presented at the Illinois Psychological Association Annual Meeting, November 2005.

Select Publications

  • Walsh, J. (2014). Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In C.R. Reynolds.,  K.J. Vannest & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of special education-fourth edition: A reference for the education of children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and other exceptional individuals.  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Walsh, J. (2014). Ethics. In C.R. Reynolds.,  K.J. Vannest & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of special education-fourth edition: A reference for the education of children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and other exceptional individuals.  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Professional Service

  • Chair, Illinois Directors of University School Psychology Programs, 2013-current
  • Committee Chair, Ethics Committee, Illinois School Psychology Association, 2013-current
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Psychology in the Schools, 2011-current
  • Advisory Board Member, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, 2009-current
  • Reviewer, National Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, 2009-current

Q&A

Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.
A: I believe the most important skills a good school psychologist can have are the abilities to actively listen to the children and parents, and to give feedback that is relevant for the for them. Likewise, the most valuable tool a psychology professor can have is the ability to model these skills by actively listening to students and providing feedback that is relevant for their careers and lives

Q: Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
A: At its best, the practice of psychology combines the science of research based interventions with the art of establishing authentic, individualized meaning for the client or clients.

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A: I graduated from college with a degree in politics and economics, and quickly realized I did not want a career in politics or economics. What I did want to do was work with children, adolescents, and their families to help them make their lives better. After some research and experience, I realized that becoming a psychologist was the best way for me to accomplish this goal.

Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: Ask lots of questions - it is the best way to get answers!