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Mekel S. Harris

Mekel Harris

Department Faculty
  • Assistant Professor

    Clinical Psychology Department

  • The Chicago School Los Angeles
Department
Clinical Psychology
Address
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
Email
mekelharris@thechicagoschool.edu
Website
www.mekelharrisphd.com
Biography

Mekel Harris, Ph.D., NCSP currently serves as an Assistant Professor within the Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Los Angeles campus).  Dr. Harris’ areas of expertise and teaching include: health psychology (specifically, pediatric psychology), psychological and psychoeducational assessment, and consultation.  On campus, Dr. Harris leads an on-campus research group (Pediatric Health Research Group, PHRG), targeting projects aimed at addressing health disparities in children, school reintegration and social justice issues for children with chronic health conditions, pediatric obesity, and pediatric palliative care.  She also provides assessment supervision and mentorship to doctoral-level trainees.  Regarding professional scholarship, Dr. Harris has presented at over 15 national and international conferences within the past five years, targeting pediatric and school psychology topics.  She is an active member of Divisions 2, 12, 16, and 54 within the American Psychological Association (APA), in addition to membership in the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), and The National Scholars Honor Society.

Apart from her academic responsibilities, Dr. Harris also works as a licensed psychologist in a private (group) health psychology practice in Pasadena, CA, addressing pediatric psychology issues among children, adolescents, and their families.  Dr. Harris currently holds a national certification in School Psychology (NCSP), as well as certification as a health service provider through the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Further, she serves as a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Interventions for Children and Families Committee.  Dr. Harris is currently pursuing board certification in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).  She received doctoral training in School Psychology from University of Houston and completed her pre-doctoral internship and two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), where she earned the “Clinical Excellence Award.”  

Education
  • B.A., Psychology, Baylor University
  • M.A., Psychology, Houston Baptist University
  • Ph.D., School Psychology, University of Houston
Licensure(s)
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist - California
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist
  • Certification, Health Service Provider, National Register of Health Service Psychologists
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • Khanaferova, I., Fox, A., & Harris, M. (2013, July).  Pediatric obesity: Development of culturally relevant interventions.  Poster to be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological             Association, Honolulu, HI.

  • Meyer, M., & Harris, M. (2013, June).  Hearing the silent voices: Children with disabilities & abuse.  Workshop presented at the 21st annual American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) colloquium, Las Vegas, NE.

  • Harris, M. (2013, February).  Role of interdisciplinary collaboration and communication in pediatric palliative care.  Poster presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School         Psychologists, Seattle, WA.

  • Harris, M. (2012, September).  Addressing suicidal & self-harm risk among youth with chronic health conditions.  Poster presented at the 14th European Symposium of Suicide & Suicidal Behavior,          conference, Tel Aviv, Israel.

  • Harris, M. (2012, August).  Pediatric palliative care: Opportunities for school psychologists.  Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

  • Harris, M. (2011, August).  Pediatric medical traumatic stress: Implications for psychologists.  Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington,          DC.

  • Harris, M. (2011, August).  School reintegration for pediatric cancer patients: Establishing best practices. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

  • Harris, M. (2011, June).  Palliative positive palliative care outcomes for pediatric patients.  Poster presented at the MASCC/ISOO 2011 International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer, Athens, Greece.

  • Harris, M., Gonzales-Morkos, B., Safavi, D., Quinonez, B., & Katz, E. (2011, February).  School reintegration: Establishing best practices by bridging the clinical-research gap in pediatric cancer.  Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Anaheim, CA.

  • Harris, M. (2011, February).  Palliative care for children: Promoting positive relationships and outcomes. Poster to be presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, San Francisco, CA.

  • Harris, M. (2011, February).  Promoting social skills success among childhood brain tumor survivors.  Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, San Francisco, CA.

  • Harris, M., & Ingman, K. (2010, August).  Exploring children’s ecologies to facilitate medical adherence.  Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

Manuscripts in Preparation

  • Harris, M., & Kohlman, S.  Addressing self-care among pediatric palliative care psychologists.  Manuscript in preparation.

  • Strauss, A. A., Lam, G., & Harris, M. Social justice issues and school-based mental health for children with chronic medical conditions. Manuscript in preparation.

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    Harris, M., & Ingman, K.  Establishing palliative care practices within the school context: A case study.  Manuscript in preparation.

     

     

Community Involvement

  • Healing Circle Leader/Volunteer, Comfort Zone Camp (California)
  • Grant Reviewer, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Task Force Member, "Know the Signs" Suicide Prevention Campaign

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA) - Divisions 2, 12, 16, 35, and 54
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • The National Scholars Honor Society
  • Los Angeles County Psychological Association

Q&A

Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.

A. My teaching philosophy involves: (a) awareness and implementation of in-class experiences via immersion techniques; (b) demonstration of curiosity by participation in lifelong learning activities with faculty and students; and (c) encouragement of interpersonal skills.  By modeling these behaviors, I believe that my teaching reaches beyond the classroom, encourages critical thinking and creativity, and allows for my students to begin “painting the picture” of psychology in their own right. 

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

A: My best recommendation would be to (a) engage within the learning environment (e.g., connecting with existing students, participating in on-campus activities and groups); (b) be open to new and diverse learning experiences, teaching styles, and interactions with others; and (c) plan for self-care activities in advance.  Overall, enjoy the "wonderful, beautiful, and challenging" world of the doctoral program!