Department Chair/Associate Professor
- Downtown Chicago
- School Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Dr. James Walsh joined The Chicago School in 2005, and has served as department chair since 2009. Before coming to the Chicago School he was a school psychologist for the LaGrange Area Department of Special Education in Chicago's western suburbs, and practiced as a clinical psychologist for a group practice. He completed his postdoctorate at Washburne Middle School in Winnetka, IL. Dr. Walsh currently serves as the chair of the Illinois Directors of University School Psychology Programs and as the chair of the Illinois School Psychology Association Ethics Committee.
- Education History
Degree Institution B.A. in Politics Washington & Lee University M.S. in Developmental Psychology The Johns Hopkins University Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
- Professional Memberships
Role Organization Chair Illinios Directors of University School Psychology Programs Chair Illinois School Psychology Association Ethics Committee
Licensed Clincial Psychologist, Illinois Licensed School Psychologist, Illinois
- Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise Ethical & Legal Issues Code of Conduct for Psychologists Marriage & Family Family Therapy Mood Disorders Depression School Psychology Academic Interventions School Law and Ethics
Title Location Date Walsh, J. (2015). Resolving Real World Ethical Dilemmas. Invited workshop presented at the Kentucky Association for Psychologists in the Schools Annual Meeting. Louisville, KY 2015 Hughes, C., & Walsh, J. (2015). Leave STIGMA outside the School Doors. Invited presentation at the Naomi Ruth Cohen Annual Conference. Evanston, IL 2015 Walsh, J. (2015). What is Your Ethical Dilemma? Using a Framework to Resolve Actual Ethical Concerns. Invited workshop presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Summer Conference Milwaukee, WI 2015 Walsh, J. (2015). What is Your Ethical Dilemma? Invited workshop presented at the Illinois School Psychologist’s Association Annual Meeting. Springfield, IL. Springfield, IL 2015 Walsh, J. (2014). What is Your Ethical Dilemma? Invited workshop presented at the Wisconsin School Psychology Association Annual Meeting. Wisconsin Dells, WI 2014 Wakelin, M., Kria, D.L., Ullberg, R, & Walsh, J. (2014). Special Education Bootcamp, Symposium Presented at the Chicago Bar Association. Chicago, IL 2014 Walsh, J. (2013). What is Your Ethical Dilemma? Invited workshop presented at the Illinois School Psychologists Fall Conference. Schaumburg, IL 2013 Kelly, R., Cruise, T., Walsh, J., Swerdlik, M., Newman, D. (2013). State Wide Internship Plan Ratings: Consideration of Professional Competencies. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Trainers Conference. Seattle, WA 2013
Walsh, J. (2014).Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.In C.R. Reynolds., K.J. Vannest & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of special education-fourth edition: A reference for the education of children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and other exceptional individuals. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Walsh, J. (2014).Ethics.In C.R. Reynolds., K.J. Vannest & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of special education-fourth edition: A reference for the education of children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and other exceptional individuals. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
- Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.
I believe the most important skills a good school psychologist can have are the abilities to actively listen to the children and parents, and to give feedback that is relevant for the for them. Likewise, the most valuable tool a psychology professor can have is the ability to model these skills by actively listening to students and providing feedback that is relevant for their careers and lives
Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
At its best, the practice of psychology combines the science of research based interventions with the art of establishing authentic, individualized meaning for the client or clients.
Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
I graduated from college with a degree in politics and economics, and quickly realized I did not want a career in politics or economics. What I did want to do was work with children, adolescents, and their families to help them make their lives better. After some research and experience, I realized that becoming a psychologist was the best way for me to accomplish this goal.
What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
Ask lots of questions - it is the best way to get answers!
- Professional Skills
ADHD, adolescent psychology, anxiety, behavior therapy, child psychology, depression, family therapy, learning disabilities, mood disorders, psychotherapy, School Law and Ethics