Nayeli Chavez

Nayeli Chavez

Department Faculty
  • Program Faculty
    Clinical Counseling

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

Dr. Nayeli Chavez is a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology. Dr. Chavez has significant experience working with children and adolescents who have experienced physical, sexual abuse, and neglect. She has provided clinical services to individuals and families referred by the Department of Children and Family Services. Dr. Chavez has specific training in a wide variety of evidenced based parenting skills programs for externalizing behaviors as well as culturally congruent parenting skills modalities for Latino/a parents. Dr. Chavez is currently the lead for the Latino/a Mental Health Concentration and the faculty advisor for the Latino/as Students and Friends Association. Dr. Chavez has additional expertise culturally congruent treatment modalities. In addition to her current academic and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Chavez is interested in continuing her research and scholar work which includes, barriers to mental health service provision of Latino/a clients, culturally based teaching approaches, and implicit racial/ethnic bias.  Dr. Chavez has published in some of these areas and has presented her scholarly work at local, national, and international professional conferences.

  • B.A.
    • Psychology: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • M.A.
    • Child Clinical Psychology: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology: Southern Illinois University at
    • Carbondale, APA Accredited Clinical Program

Licensed Clinical Psychologist: Illinois

Areas Of Expertise

Select Publications

  • Adames, H.Y., Fuentes, M.A., Rosa, D., & Chavez-Dueñas, N.Y. (2013). Multicultural initiatives across educational contexts in psychology: Becoming diverse in our approach. International Journal of Multicultural Education 15(1), 1-16.


  • Adames, H.Y., Chavez-Dueñas, N.Y., Fuentes, M.A., Salas, S.P., & Perez-Chavez, J.G. (2013). Integration of Latino/a cultural values into palliative healthcare: A culture centered model. Journal of Palliative & Supportive Care, 12, 1-9.


  • Chavez-Dueñas, N.Y., Torres, H.L., & Adames, H.Y. (2011). Barriers to mental health utilization among Latinos: A contextual model and recommendations. Journal of Counseling in Illinois, 1(2), 49-58.


Select Presentations

  • Chavez-Dueñas, N.Y., Adames, H.Y., & Henderson, R. (2013, April). On being black and brown in the age of Obama: United we rise. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Black Male Summit, Akron University. Akron, OH.   


  • Chavez-Dueñas, N.Y., & Adames, H.Y. (2013, February). Honoring our legacy & empowering our future: Unmasking differences within, the next conversation. Paper presented at the 30th Annual Teacher’s College Columbia University, Winter Roundtable Conference. New York, NY.


  • Adames, H.Y., Chavez- Dueñas, N.Y., & Comas-Diaz, L. (2012, October). On race and privilege in Latina/o Psychology: Unmasking unearned advantages. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the National Latino Psychological Association, New Brunswick, New Jersey.


  • Chavez-Dueñas, N.Y., & Adames, H.Y. (2012, September).  Los invisibles: The paradox of Latino men in higher education. Invited paper presented at the Annual Men of Color Conference, Pensacola Florida.


  • Adames, H.Y. & Chavez-Dueñas, N.Y. (2012, August). “Post-racial” era challenges: Implicit bias in professional psychology training. In. M.A. Fuentes (Chair), Prejudice and Discrimination: Is There Hope for A Better Tomorrow? Paper presented at the 120th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, F.L. 


  • Chavez-Dueñas, N.Y., & Adames, H.Y. (2012, February). Toward an innovative method to the pedagogy of privilege: transforming guilt into action. Paper presented at the 29th Annual Teacher’s College Columbia University, Winter Roundtable Conference. New York, NY.  


Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Midwest Association of Latino Psychologists
  • National Latino/a Psychological Association (NLPA)