Tenika Jackson

Tenika Jackson

Applied Clinical Adjunct Faculty
  • Assistant Professor
    Applied Clinical Psychology Department
  • The Chicago School Westwood
Applied Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
1145 Gayley Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90024
1145 Gayley Ave.
Office Location
Room 320
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.

Dr. Jackson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana. She then obtained her Masters’ and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on multicultural and community issues from Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology. Additionally, she has earned a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialty in Finance from the University of Redlands.

In addition to the aforementioned education, Dr. Jackson possesses a wealth of teaching, leadership, supervisory, and community mental health experience. Over the last fifteen years, she has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings with numerous populations. Those settings include community mental health centers, social service agencies, university counseling centers, residential facilities, psychiatric hospitals, juvenile justice units, day treatment facilities, outpatient agencies, sexual assault crisis centers, substance abuse facilities, domestic violence shelters as well as group homes servicing adults, children, adolescents, and their families. Each setting allowed her to interface with a variety of different people and gain a wealth of skill.

While having the aforementioned experience and training in the social service sector, Dr. Jackson has also held several directing positions in community mental health centers across California as well as graduate level teaching appointments. She have served as the Director of Family Services at a domestic violence program in South Los Angeles, as Assistant Director/Clinician of a six-bed residential facility for an adolescent agency in Hollywood, CA, as the Intensive Outpatient Coordinator for a community mental health center in La Puente, CA and as the Clinic Manager of a community mental health center in Bell Gardens, CA. Those positions allowed her to manage multiple programs, effectively supervise diverse groups of people, oversee interns, engage in strategic planning for the overall agency, manage a variety of budgets, and track program progress. Currently, she is Assistant Faculty at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Westwood Campus where she utilizes an experiential teaching philosophy. With the combination of lecture, role plays, visual aids, group activities and discussion forums, she has successfully been able to bring the course material to life for her students. In addition to teaching, she provides clinical supervision to practicum students and interns.

In addition to the aforementioned projects, the Cultural Diversity and Identity Development Institute, Inc. (CDIDI) was founded by Dr. Jackson. The non-profit organization was designed to provide culturally relevant mental health services to underserved adolescents in South Los Angeles, California. To date, the organization provides in home mental health services throughout Service Area VI with the goal of expanding to include inpatient psychiatric services, residential facilities, a community mental health center, a TAY Shelter, and foster care services in the near future.

Furthermore, Dr. Jackson has acquired a wealth of knowledge in areas of identity development, conducted workshops on numerous topics such as self-esteem, effective communication skills, social skills development, sexual assault crisis, and sexual orientation. She has guided roundtable discussions on Internalized Heterosexism at various conferences such as the American Psychological Association’s Convention in Hawaii, and worked with numerous clients from various ethnicities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ages.

  • B.S., Psychology PreMedicine, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Alliant International Univ/CSPP
  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Alliant International Univ/CSPP
  • MBA, Finance, University of Redlands
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CA
Areas Of Expertise

I am involved in several community organizations as listed below. On campus, I am the Diversity Taskforce Representative for the Westwood Campus.

Select Presentations

  • 8/12- Session: Learning Blindfolded—Experiential Diversity Training, Disability/Ableism Exercise: A True Walk in the Shoes of Another, APA Convention, Orlando, Florida
  • 8/11- Effectively Treating LGBTQ Clients – Workshop Facilitator, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, California
  • 3/11- Effectively Treating LGBTQ Clients – Workshop Facilitator, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California
  • 2/11- Domestic Violence – “Not a Good Look” – Workshop Facilitator, Delta Sigma Theta Teen Summit, USC Campus, Los Angeles, California
  • 10/10- The Biochemistry of Addiction – Workshop Facilitator, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, California
  • 3/08- Depression and Its Impact on Women – Panelist, Delta Sigma Theta Health Fair, Los Angeles, California
  • 11/07- Women’s Health Fair – Keynote Speaker, Walden House, Inc., Los Angeles, California
  • 10/07- Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon – Panelist, My Sister My Friend Organization, Long Beach, California
  • 10/07- Annual Health Fair – Panelist, Grace United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, California
  • 7/07- Relationship Rejuvenation – Workshop Facilitator, Reframing Difference, Los Angeles, California

Professional Memberships

  • Member, LAGPA 
  • Member, Whitehead Leadership Society 
  • Member, NAACP 
  • Professional Member, American Psychological Association/ Division 45 
  • Professional Member, American Psychological Association/ Division 35 
  • Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter 
  • Professional Member, American Psychological Association/ Division 44 
  • Professional Member, American Psychological Association 
  • Member, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (glaad) 
  • Member, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Awaken the Greatness Foundation 
  • Chairperson, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Mental & Physical Health Committee 
  • Immediate Past Chairperson, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Social Action Committee 
  • Neighborhood Team Leader, Organizing for American


Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy

A. I am a firm believer in the Experiential Model of Teaching. It helps to bring the material to life and have a lasting impact on the students. For example, in teaching diversity, I utilize several exercises that help facilitate the discussion about power/privilege, ableism, classism, etc. 

 Q: Please describe your philosophy regarding the practice of psychology. 

A. I subscribe to the Psychodynamic Theoretical Orientation. I believe that helping a client understand their pattern of thinking, feelings, and interactions is key to treatment. Assisting the client to understand why their patterns might have been helpful in childhood but may no longer serve them positively in adulthood. However, I have a fifteen (15) year history of working in community mental health centers utilizing brief treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well. 

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology? 

A. I have a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others. I believe that my mission on earth is to leave this planet better than I found it. 

Q: What advice would you give a student entering The Chicago School of Professional Psychology? 

A. Embrace your passion! Enter this field because you love the work and you want to make a difference. If so, it will not be difficult. It will be fun! The faculty and staff at TCS are here to help you succeed but it is up to you to put forth the effort. Grades are earned and not given.