Jaleel Abdul-Adil



Jaleel Abdul-Adil

Department Faculty

  • Professor

  • Campus:
  • Downtown Chicago
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Dr. Abdul-Adil is a part-time Professor of Clinical Psychology who specializes in evidence-based, culturally-sensitive, and best practices programs for the prevention and intervention of child trauma, community violence, and conduct problems with low-income urban youth and families. Dr. Abdul-Adil's current courses include child development and family systems therapy.

Dr. Abdul-Adil is also a full-time Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He is the Co-Director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center at UIC which is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). Dr. Abdul-Adil's work investigates best practices for integrated approaches to co-occurring trauma and disruptive behavior disorders.

In addition, Dr. Abdul-Adil is the co-founder of Young Warriors/Hip-Hop Heal, a media-based intervention that uses modern Rap music and Hip-Hop media to promote critical thinking, prosocial skills, and trauma-informed services for urban adolescents.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology Howard University, Washington, DC 1988
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology DePaul University, Chicago, IL 1996
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Chair National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Community Violence Committee
Charter Member Hip-Hop Psychology
Member American Psychological Association Division 7 - Society for Developmental Psychology
Member American Psychological Association Division 27 - Society for Community Research and Action
Member American Psychological Association Division 53 - Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Member Midwestern Psychological Association
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Member Illinois Child Trauma Coalition
Member Muslim Association of Bolingbrook, IL
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Child & Adolescent Development Media Influence
Oppositional-Defiant Disorders
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Trauma/PTSD
Diversity Community Mental Health
Marriage & Family Family Therapy
Title Location Date
Abdul-Adil, J. Adolescence and the family: Launching our kids into adulthood. Featured at the Annual Wellness Day of the Khalil Center Wheaton, IL. May 14, 2016
Suarez, L., Abdul-Adil, J., Molina, A., Hill-Ford, C., Cromley, A. & Perez, G. Unifying Neighborhoods in Trauma Effectiveness (UNITE): Learning lessons and sharing suggestions from a national train-the-trainer partnership. Featured at the Annual Conference of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network National Harbor, MD March 31, 2016
Abdul-Adil, J. Pushed out, arrested, locked up: Addressing racial and ethnic disparities in mental health and juvenile justice. Featured at the Disproportionate Minority Contact and Mental Health Forum of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, Cook County Juvenile Court Chicago, IL March 18, 2016
Abdul-Adil, J. Beats, ‘Bangers, and benefits: Use of Rap/Hip-Hop for youth with disruptive behavior disorders. Featured at Lawrence Hall Workshop Series Chicago, IL February 24, 2016

Abdul-Adil, J. (2014). From voiceless to victorious: Street sounds and social skills for gang-involved urban youth. In B. Porfilio, D. Roy & L. Gardner (Eds.) (Ed.) See you at the Crossroads: Hip-Hop scholarship at the intersections - dialectical harmony, ethics, aesthetics, and panoply of voices (pp. pp. 149-168). Boston, MA: Sense Publishers.

Dang, S., Vigon, D. & Abdul-Adil, J. (2014). Exploring the healing powers of Hip-Hop: Increasing therapeutic efficacy, utilizing the Hip-Hop culture as an alternative platform for expression, connection. In B. Porfilio, D. Roy & L. Gardner (Eds.) (Ed.) See you at the Crossroads: Hip-Hop scholarship at the intersections - dialectical harmony, ethics, aesthetics, and panoply of voices (pp. pp. 169-180). Boston, MA: Sense Publishers.


Abdul-Adil, J. (2014). Modern Rap Music: Mining the melodies for mental health resources. Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research & Practice, 9 (2), 149-152.

Javdani, S., Abdul-Adil, J., Suarez, L., Nichols, S. R., & Farmer, A. D. (2014). Gender differences in the effects of community violence on mental health outcomes in a sample of low-income youth receiving psychiatric care. American Journal of Community Psychology, 53 (3-4), 235-248.

Kiser, L. J., Stover, C. S., Navalta, C. P., Dorado, J., Vogel, J. M., Abdul-Adil, J., Kimh, S., Lee, R.C., Vivrette, R. & Briggs, E. C. (2014). Effects of the child–perpetrator relationship on mental health outcomes of child abuse: It's (not) all relative. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38 (6), 1083-1093.

Abdul-Adil, J., Drozd, O., Irie, I., Riley, R, Silas, A., Farmer, Jr. A., & Tolan, P. (2009). University- community mental health center collaboration: Encouraging the dissemination of empirically- based treatment and practice. The Community Mental Health Journal, 46 (5), 417-422.

Abdul-Adil, J. (2009). "Principled pluralism" - Toward a religious revival in psychology? One Muslim's perspective. Journal of the Society for Christian Psychology, 3 (2), 12-16.

Atkins, M., Frazier, S., Leathers, S., Graczyk, P., Talbott, E., Jakobsons, L., Abdul-Adil, J., Marinez-Lora, A., Demirtas, H., Gibbons, R. & Bell, C. (2008). Teacher key opinion leaders and mental health consultation in urban low-income schools. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75 (5), 905-908.

Media Exposure

Abdul-Adil, J. (interview). (2016, July 19). How violence affects the children who witness it. Chicago Magazine. http://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/July-2016/Children-Witness-Violence-Trauma-Counseling

Abdul-Adil, J. (interview). (2016, April 4). Black youth in Chicago and the future of American politics. Medill News Service/Medill Reports Chicago/CAN TV. http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/black-youth-in-chicago-and-the-future-of-american-politics

Abdul-Adil, J. (interview). (2014, November 11). The need for Khalil Center. Khalil Center. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox9siEc9DXA

Abdul-Adil, J. (interview). (2014, September 15). Hip hop becomes therapy for youth affected by violence. WNIN Tri-State Public Media. http://news.wnin.org/post/hip-hop-becomes-therapy-youth-affected-violence

Abdul-Adil, J. (interview). (2014, September 8). Does exposure to violence and trauma impact students' education prospects? The National Journal. http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-america/education/does-exposure-to-violence-and-trauma-impact-students-education-prospects-20140908

Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.

Critical thinking, participatory education, and practical application toward developing future "scientist-practitioners" who can design, deliver, and further develop effective interventions in the realm of mental health.

Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.

Emphasize culture, context, and connection between theory, practice, and research.

Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

A tradition of humanitarian service and quest for social justice from my family and community backgrounds.

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

Use the process, don't let the process use you. Each academic and applied experience from day one on campus can serve as a building block in formulating and facilitating your professional identity and expertise.

Professional Skills
Child Trauma, Community Mental Health, Community Violence, Family therapy, Rap Music & Hip-Hop Culture