CMDS Faculty Research Fellow
- Downtown Chicago
- School Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Dr. Hughes is an experienced teacher and school psychologist who has worked in public schools in the United States and in international schools in Germany and Switzerland. She lived abroad for fourteen years as a member of an expatriate family. Her personal and professional international experiences led Dr. Hughes to serve as one of four partners in the establishment of the company, Bridging Cultures GmbH, in Zurich, Switzerland in 1996. Its focus was to help internationally mobile people with their cross-cultural transition challenges as well as opportunities for personal growth.
Following her family's repatriation to the United States in 1999, Dr. Hughes established Bridging Cultures Inc. to help individuals, families, and organizations in cultural transition. She has created a Cultural Transition Resiliency Model which she uses in her private practice with individuals and families and in her consulting and training work with multicultural school and organizational communities. Dr. Hughes also conducts training workshops and provides coaching services on topics related to Living, Learning, & Working Multiculturally. She served as a two-term board member of the national organization SIETAR-USA, the Society for Intercultural Training, Education, and Research and served as co-chair of the 2012 national conference.
Dr. Hughes focuses her personal and volunteer efforts on topics related to special education, parenting and family development, child adoption, and mental illness. She currently serves as either a committee member and/or in a leadership capacity in several organizations devoted to these topics, both in the United States and internationally.
- Education History
Degree Institution B.S. Elementary Education Kent State University M.Ed. School Psychology Kent State University Ed.S. School Psychology Seton Hall University Ph.D. Urban School Psychology Fordham University
- Professional Memberships
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Illinois Certified School Psychologist, Illinois
- Community Involvement
Role Organization Board Member Kent State University Foundation Board Member Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center in Skokie, Illinois Board Member Avatar Research Institute, Washington, D.C. Board Member & Past President NAMI-CCNS (National Alliance on Mental Illness - Cook County North Suburban Chapter) Board Member & Vice President Development Aschiana Foundation. (Supports Aschiana Children's Center in Afghanistan). Washington, D.C. Past National Conference Co-Chair SIETAR-USA (Society for Intercultural Education, Training & Research) International Committee Chair Rotary Club of Wilmette, Illinois
- Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise Child & Adolescent Development Identity Development Parenting Styles Social Development Social Development Diversity Cultural Issues Diversity Issues Immigration/Immigrant Issues Marriage & Family Adoption Family Therapy Parenting School Psychology Cultural Diversity International School Psychology
Hughes, C. A. (November 2012). Navigating the rough waters of today's political discourse through an intercultural lens. Diversity Times, Center for Multicultural Diversity Studies, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Hughes, C. A. (March 2001). Strangers in one's own land - Reentry surprises! The Round Robin (American Women's Club of Zurich)
Hughes, C. A. (September 1999). Departures are transitions too. Mothering Matters, pp. 6-8.
Hughes, C. A. (November 1995). Bridging Cultures: A review of the cultural adjustment workshop for parents on the move - fall term 1995. Inter-Community School Newsletter
Hughes, C. A. (June 1994). Children abroad. New Roots, 6 (2), p. 1.
Hughes, C.A. (1993). Doctoral dissertation. A knowledge utilization investigation of the adoption of a consultation based service delivery model by multidisciplinary teams. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International
Hughes, C. A. (1987). Children and adoption. In Thomas, A. & Grimes, J. (Eds.) (1987) Children's needs: Psychological perspectives. (pp. 9-19). Washington, DC: National Association of School Psychologists.
Lennox, N., Hyman, I. A., &Hughes, C.(1988). The institutionalization of a consultation-based service delivery system. In J.L. Graden, J.E. Zin, & M.J. Curtis (Eds.) Alternative educational delivery systems: Enhancing instructional options for all students. (pp. 71-88). Washington, DD: The National Association of School Psychologists.
Firoved, R., Lennox, N., &Hughes, C.(1985). Trends from the 1984-85 survey of salaries, negotiations, and professional issues of New Jersey school psychologists. New Jersey School Psychologist, 5, 6-12.
- Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.
As a teacher, I believe that learning needs to have a purpose, allows for student engagement, best takes place in a student-teacher relationship, and respects the student as the pilot of his or her own journey with the instructional topic.
Please describe your philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
Whether working in the schools or in private practice, my philosophy as a psychologist is to facilitate pathways for a client to achieve significant goals based on principles of wellness and positive psychology.
Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
I was intrigued by the subject of psychology during my adolescent years of identity development, discovered its profound usefulness in my early twenties as an elementary school teacher, and decided to become a school psychologist upon realizing that I could merge my passion as an educator with knowledge of applied mental health principles to enhance the learning and wellbeing of children.
What advice would you give a student entering The Chicago School of Professional Psychology?
Remain curious and receptive to new knowledge and learning opportunities as they will serve you well in a dynamically changing field in an ever-changing world.
- Professional Skills
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Children and families, Chronic mental illness, Cultural issues, Disability issues, Diversity issues, Identity development, Immigrant populations, International psychology, Interviewing, Multicultural training, Parenting