Laura Benton

Laura Benton

Department Faculty
  • Program Faculty
    Forensic Psychology
    Associate Professor

  • The Chicago School Chicago
Forensic Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago, IL 60654
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
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Dr. Laurie Benton obtained a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 1998. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois. She worked for 9 years at the Allendale Association. While there, she provided individual, family and group therapy to children and adolescents removed from their homes and communities due to severe emotional and behavior disorders stemming from chronic maltreatment and trauma. Also at Allendale Association, she coordinated the diagnostic testing program and supervised diagnostic practicum students and pre-doctoral interns. Dr. Benton currently maintains a private practice in Grayslake, IL. She provides adult, child, and family psychotherapy.  She also conducts psychological evaluations and provides seminars and trainings to agencies and organizations.  Dr. Benton began teaching at The Chicago School as an adjunct faculty in September 2002. She moved to Associate Professor and half-time faculty in September 2005. Beginning in September 2008, Dr. Benton took a position as full-time faculty. Her areas of interest continue to be child and adolescent psychology and psychopathology, complex trauma and the impact of chronic child maltreatment, child and family psychotherapy and psychological testing. Dr. Benton is also active in providing services within The Forensic Center.  She integrates a trauma informed treatment approach with her interests in parent-child reunification, recidivism reduction and psychological testing.  In addition, she is also the Training Coordinator for the Center.  In this role, she has helped develop diagnostic and therapy practicum programs as well as a pre-doctoral internship program.  She is actively involved in training and supervision of students. Most recently, Dr. Benton has taken a position as a Clinical Supervisor in the Integrated Assessment Program with DCFS.  In this position, she works to complete comprehensive evaluations for families in care of DCFS. 

  • B.A. in Psychology, Manhattan College
  • M.S. in Experimental Psychology, Villanova University
  • Psy. D. in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Clinical Licensed Psychologist—Illinois
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