Leo Weisbender

Leo Weisbender

Affiliate Faculty
  • Full Professor
    PsyD Applied Clinical Psychology
  • The Chicago School Westwood
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
1145 Gayley Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90024
1145 Gayley Ave.
Office Location
1145 Gayley Ave.
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.

Dr. Weisbender earned his PhD in educational and clinical psychology from the University of Southern California and has extensive experience in educational and clinical psychology, teaching graduate psychology, advising doctoral candidates and educational evaluation (from primary to post-graduate). Dr. Weisbender joined the California Graduate Institute as a professor of graduate psychology, eventually being appointed to the position of Provost where he led the school's doctoral candidates in the preparation and defense of hundreds of dissertations. His Guide to Writing Proposals and Dissertations has been used by thousands of students in securing their doctoral degrees.

Dr. Weisbender also served as a top administrator of the Los Angeles Unified School District's Research and Evaluation Division, where he was responsible for evaluating numerous LAUSD programs and initiatives. Prior to joining the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Weisbender served as a professional expert in helping organizations secure educational grants from the National Science Foundation, regularly meeting with top educators in Washington, D.C., and maintained a private clinical practice. Dr. Weisbender is a licensed clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist, and holds a variety of teaching and administrative credentials from the California Department of Education.

  • BA in philosophy, with minors in psychology & theology, San Luis Rey College
  • MA in counseling psychology, Loyola University
  • PhD in psychology (educational & clinical). University of Southern California (USC)
  • Licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 4126)
  • MFT (5713)
  • Credentials from California Department of Education: School Psychology (A770), General Administration (A010), General Elementary Teaching (A210), General Secondary Teaching (A230)
Areas Of Expertise

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association 
  • California Psychological Association


  • Guide to Writing Proposals and Dissertations 
    • Volume I Elements and Format 
    • Volume II Forms and Illustrated Elements