Kristin Kenefick



Kristin Kenefick

Department Faculty

  • Associate Professor

  • Campus:
  • Chicago, IL
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 325 N Wells St Chicago IL 60654
Office 309
325 N Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Dr. Kristin Velazquez Kenefick is a bilcultural (Puerto Rican), bilingual (Spanish), licensed clinical Psychologist. She holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology (1997) with a minor in Sexual Abuse from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute following a pre-doctoral internship at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Kenefick developed and implemented a treatment program for sexually abused children and their non-offending parents for the Child Protection Center at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York between 1998-2000. From 2000-2004 Dr. Kenefick moved back to her native Chicago to develop the mental health and clinical services for the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center. She served as the Director of Mental Health and was responsible for overseeing all the direct services of the CCAC for 2,500 children per year. This included intake, forensic interviewing, crisis intervention, individual, family and group therapy services, the Psychology Training Program, and Multidisciplinary Support Services as well as facilitation of the CCAC Network of Treatment Providers. She was a member of the Illinois Sex Offender Management Board. In 2002, Dr. Kenefick was awarded the Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in the Field of Child Maltreatment by the American Psychological Association. Between 2004-2007 Dr. Kenefick was the Statewide Administrator for the Integrated Assessment Program for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services overseeing the intake process for all children coming into the child welfare system. Prior to coming to TCSPP, she was Core Faculty at the Adler School of Professional Psychology (2007-2010), where she was coordinator of the child and adolescent concentration. Between 2008-2009, she served as Interim Associate Director of the Clinical Psy.D. program at the Adler School. Dr. Kenefick joined TCSPP as the Associate Chair of the Clinical Psy.D. Department overseeing the Child & Adolescent Track from 2010-12. Currently she is Associate Professor and teaches Clinical Interviewing, Play Therapy, Advanced Seminar, Intermediate Seminar (Systems), Ethics, Professional Development and is a research clerkship mentor. She has lead study abroad courses to Brazil and Peru. Current research and scholarship interests include: Parenting, Trauma, International Psychology, Wellness, and Integrative approaches to therapy. She sees children, families, and adults in her private practice on the Northwest side of Chicago. She can be reached at her private office at 773-243-9954.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology Illinois School of Professional Psychology 1997
B.A. Psychology St. Mary's of Notre Dame 1990
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychological Association (APA)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois
Community Involvement
Role Organization
President Mental Health America of the North Shore
Co-Chair, Pre-Service Committee Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition: Facilitate the development of curricula regarding childhood trauma to be shared with undergraduate and graduate programs.
Consultant/Program Development Mujeres Aliadas, Michoacán, México: Co-developed train-the-trainer curriculum (Spanish) to train local women to facilitate support groups in their communities.
Former Advisory Board Member Erikson Institute's Latino Services Fussy Baby Network
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Career/Workplace Issues Work/Life Balance
Child & Adolescent Development Biological Development
Identity Development
Media Influence
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Anxiety Disorders
Mood Affective Disorders / Suicide
Oppositional-Defiant Disorders
Post-Traumatic Growth
Diversity Cultural Issues
Immigration/Immigrant Issues
Domestic Violence Child Abuse
Marriage & Family Divorce
Mood Disorders Depression
PTSD/Trauma Post-Traumatic Growth
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Secondary Traumatic Stress
Vicarious Trauma
Violence Bullying
Professional Skills
child and adolescent psychology, children and families, child abuse, clinical psychology, complex trauma, cultural issues, family therapy, identity development, international psychology, immigrant populations, media effects on children and adolescence, mood disorders, parenting, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexually abused children, trauma, urban youth, violence, women's issues, work/life balance