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Dr. Christopher Howard shares essentials of good leadership with Chicago Campus graduates

Robert Morris University president awarded honorary degree at 37th commencement ceremony. 


CHoward500(CHICAGO) (JULY 19, 2016) “If you’re going to be a good leader, you need to be self-aware; get a Ph.D. in yourself,” were the words of advice Dr. Christopher B. Howard gave to the more than 430 students graduating from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s (TCSPP) Chicago Campus, which offers courses in 29 different psychology and behavioral programs and concentrations. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is one of the leading nonprofit graduate universities devoted exclusively to the study of psychology, and related behavioral health sciences.

Dr. Howard, who earned a doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford, an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School and is currently the eighth president of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at The Chicago Campus’ 37th commencement ceremony.

“We were honored to have a scholar of Dr. Howard’s distinction address our graduating students, who are ready to go out into the world and become change makers in our profession,” said Dr. Tiffany Masson, campus dean, The Chicago School’s Chicago Campus. “His many accomplishments – university president, presidential appointee, Rhodes scholar – to name just a few, as well as his words of wisdom greatly resonated with our students and provided hope for many of their ambitions.”

Vanessa Hicks, a Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program graduate also spoke at the ceremony. A proponent of multicultural psychology, Hicks is a fellow at TCSPP’s Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies and a member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. She has already presented at several conferences including at APA Division 32 Society for Humanistic Psychology’s annual convention in 2015.

Orson Morrison, Psy.D., a 2003 Clinical Psychology graduate was recognized with the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

“I was honored to be asked by this august institution to serve as speaker,” Dr. Howard said to the applause of the audience. “Mental health is so important. Thank you for going into this noble profession. Thank you for your service.”

 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 Chicago School is an affiliate of TCS Education System, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact. 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. 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


Pictured: Dr. Christopher Howard

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