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Maria Yapondjian

Maria Yapondjian

Department Faculty
  • Assistant Professor
    MACP
  • The Chicago School Chicago
Department
Counseling
Address
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago, IL 60654
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Office Location
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Office Phone
312-467-2567
On-campus Ext.
2567
Email
MYapondjian@thechicagoschool.edu
Website
Biography
Dr. Yapondjian comes to us from the east coast and is a proud alumnus of Montclair State University where she completed her masters of art course work at the Hispanic Institute for Applied Psychology. She obtained her doctorate from the University of Hartford Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology and specialized in forensic psychology.
She has worked for the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic, United States Department of Justice-Federal Bureau of Prisons, Yale University School of Medicine, Whiting Forensic Institute, York Correctional Institute, and the Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents, Inc.
Her forensic experience ranges from child protection evaluations (e.g., termination of parental rights, parenting assessments, and consent to adopt) and juvenile justice sentencing evaluations to adult evaluations (e.g., competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, violence risk assessments, psychosexual assessments).
In addition, Dr. Yapondjian has extensive experience conducting diversity trainings and working with inner city adolescents. She is particularly interested in utilizing the four elements of the Hip-Hop culture in facilitating self-expression.
Dr. Yapondjian is currently the Mental Health Services Coordinator and site supervisor for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department of Women’s Justice Services. She is also a consultant for The Center for Applied Psychology and Forensic Studies where she completes pre-employment public safety evaluations. In addition, she is affiliated with Behavioral Medical Interventions and is responsible for completing mental health disability evaluations. Of note, Dr. Yapondjian is Spanish-speaking and is licensed in Connecticut, Illinois, and Indiana.
In her spare time, Dr. Yapondjian volunteers for Flying Doctors of America, a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides medical care to “the poorest of the poor.” She has recently traveled to Bolivia and Guatemala.
Education
  • B.A., Psychology, Montclair State University
  • M.A., Clinical Practice, University of Hartford
  • Psy.D., University of Hartford
Licensure(s)
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, IL, IN, CT
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • Darby, J., & Yapondjian, M. (2011, September). Good Hair Project. Colloquium presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. 
  • Hunter, B., Salina, D., Yapondjian, M., & Bolden, M. (2011, June). Turning the Key: Addressing Racism, Sexism and Heterosexism in the Criminal Justice System. Session presented at The American Psychological Association Div. 27- The Society for Community Research and Action conference, Chicago, IL. 
  • Darby, J., & Yapondjian, M. (2011, April). Coloration in the Latino American Culture. Colloquium presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. 
  • Darby, J. & Yapondjian, M. (2011, February). Coloration in the African American Culture. Colloquium presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. 
  • Martin, J., & Yapondjian, M. (2011, January). Music Beyond the Walls: The Effectiveness of Song Writing as a Therapeutic Intervention in Working with Incarcerated Women. Session presented at annual Cultural Impact Conference at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. 
  • Darby, J., & Yapondjian, M. (2010, October). Coloration in the Caucasian Culture. Colloquium presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. 
  • Yapondjian, M., & Sargeant, G. (2010, June). To Friend or not to Friend? Session presented at SOTL conference at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. 
  • Yapondjian, M., Vasquez, D., Warner, K., & Dockendorf, D. (2010, April). The Socialization of Racism: A Look at American History X. Colloquium presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. 
  • Yapondjian, M., & Torres, H. (2010, April). The Peru Experience: Stories from a Service Learning Trip. Colloquium presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. 
  • Yapondjian, M., & Bradly, A. (2010, April). Current Day Body Image Issues. Colloquium presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. 
  • Yapondjian, M. (2010, January). Using the Four Elements of the Hip-Hop Culture as a Form of Self-expression in Urban Adolescents. Session presented at annual Cultural Impact Conference at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. 
  • Yapondjian, M. (2008, September). Psychology in the service of Latino Communities: Implication for Forensic Psychology. Session presented at annual Cultural Impact Conference at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. 
  • Yapondjian, M. (2008, March). The Ethno-cultural Assessment: What is it and When to Use it? Colloquium presented at Argosy University, Chicago, IL. 
  • Yapondjian, M. (2006, October). Using the Four Elements of the Hip-Hop Culture as a Form of Self-expression in Urban Adolescents. Session presented at the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic, Chicago, IL. 
  • Yapondjian, M. (2006, October). Immigration Issues and Working with Cultural Minorities. Session presented at the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic, Chicago, IL. 
  • Yapondjian, M. (2005, July). The Need for Culturally Sensitive Treatment in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Session presented at the United Stated Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Ayer, MA. 
  • Yapondjian, M. (2004, April). The Contributions of Ethnic Minority Psychologists to the Advancement of the Field. Session presented at the University of Hartford, Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology, West Hartford, CT. 
  • Yapondjian, M. (2003, October). Level of Cultural Mistrust and Alcohol Use Among Black Female College Students. Poster presented at the annual Connecticut Psychological Association conference, West Brook, CT. 
  • Yapondjian, M. (2004, April). Using the Ethno-cultural Assessment Tool in Working with Ethnic Minority Clients. Session presented at the University of Hartford, Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology, West Hartford, CT. 
  • Yapondjian, M. (2000, November). The Need for Hispanic Mental Health Clinicians. Session presented at Montclair State University, Hispanic Institute, Upper Montclair, NJ. 
  • Yapondjian, M. (1999, May). The Importance of College Education for Inner-City Youth. Session presented at Montclair State University, Hispanic Institute, Upper Montclair, NJ. 
  • Yapondjian, M. (1998, May). The Matching Hypothesis: Is it Valid for Gay Couples? Session presented at Hunter College Psychology conference, New York, NY. 
  • Yapondjian, M. (1998, May). The Matching Hypothesis: Is it Valid for Gay Couples? Session presented at the Eastern Psychological Association conference, Boston, MA.

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychologist Association
  • Midwest Association of Latino Psychologists
  • Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society
  • Flying Doctors of America

Q&A

Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: Work hard. Always maintain your integrity. Empower people to heal. Rejoice in moments of discomfort for those are the times that you learn the most. Question Everything. Never stop questioning.