For Eleazar Cruz Eusebio, working with disabled youth from the beginning of his career was the best way to familiarize and educate himself on the field of psychology and conducting therapeutic services. He first worked with students classified as emotionally and behaviorally disabled, as well as preschool children with autism, and broadened his scope to students with learning and attention disorders in the school system.
For over a decade, Eusebio has used his psychology background as a clinician and nationally certified school psychologist in public schools, hospital settings, and in private settings. Before becoming an associate professor at The Chicago School, he was also an adjunct faculty member in the Clinical Psy.D. and School Psychology graduate programs at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
After coming to The Chicago School, Eusebio founded the Enrichment Initiative at Garfield Park Preparatory Academy in Chicago to provide programmatic, academic, and social outlets for students nominated by their teachers who were high achieving but in need of more supports.
He has also worked as the director for the Center for Optimal Performance of Education, which began as a place to organize his work in psychological and neuropsychological approaches to better overall outcomes for students. One of the first studies he conducted was based out of a southern-based Chicago high school where his graduate and research assistants collected data on the benefits of mindfulness training. Today, Eusebio continues to maintain a research team at TCSPP with the objective to provide his students with opportunities to present, publish, and work on new theoretical and pedagogical approaches to education.
The lifelong learner has earned a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine and biology; a master’s degree in psychology; an Ed.S. in school psychology, and a Psy.D. in school psychology with a focus on neuropsychology. After speaking with HeadSpace about his ongoing goal to continue to learn new things, next up for him is becoming fluent in American Sign Language.