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California campuses to graduate over 250 students

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) Southern California Campuses and Online Campus will graduate 265 doctoral and master’s degree candidates at its annual commencement ceremony on October 29, 11 a.m. at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Students will graduate from 21 different psychology and behavioral programs and concentrations offered by the institution. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is the leading nonprofit graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences.

“I am immensely proud of each and every graduate who will walk across that stage on Thursday,” said Cynthia B. Worthen, Ed.D., dean of Academic Affairs, Southern California Campuses. “They have dedicated many years and countless hours of their lives towards launching their careers to become agents of change and leaders in the world of psychology. I am confident they are well positioned to fulfill their professional goals and aspirations.”

Nationally recognized public safety and violence elimination professional to deliver keynote address.

Honorary Degree Recipient and keynote speaker Aquil Basheer has been described as “one of the nation’s most premier violence intermediation professionals, elite public safety experts and hard core gang intervention specialists” in society today.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the California Peace Prize. Basheer is the founder of the Professional Community Intervention Training Institute, a program in Los Angeles that has partnered with TCSPP for over five years, allowing participating psychology students to learn how to integrate academia and community-based violence prevention.

Also addressing the students is the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Peter Shore, Psy.D. A 2009 Clinical Psychology graduate of TCSPP’s Chicago Campus, Dr. Shore serves as the director of Telehealth for Northwest Veterans Integrated Service Network in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Director for Mobile Clinical Video in the Office of Connected Care, VA Central Office. He is currently a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University. Additionally, Dr. Shore maintains a clinical practice within the VA as a compensation and pension mental health examiner and psychologist on the Acute Psychiatry unit at the Portland VA.

Representing the graduating class is student speaker Vernita Perkins who is a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership candidate. Perkins has extensive speaking and seminar facilitation experience and holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership with an organization management concentration from Lewis University, a bachelor’s degree in theatre from New Mexico State University and a personal development practitioner’s licensure. Perkins plans to continue her research on leadership effectiveness and advocacy on a global scale.

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private university devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences. The university serves nearly 4,500 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles and Irvine); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in Chicago is accredited by the American Psychological Association. A member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, TCSPP is recognized for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The community service initiatives on the Chicago Campus have also earned recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for six consecutive years. The Los Angeles Campus gained its second recognition in 2014, and its Washington, D.C. Campus received its first award in 2014. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit

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