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Students, faculty, and staff inducted into Graduate Honor Society

Eight doctoral students, one faculty member and a staff member from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) Campuses in Chicago, Washington, D.C.  and online, were recently inducted into the prestigious Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society that recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The Chicago School is a nonprofit university, and one of the leading institutions devoted to psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences.

Orlando L. Taylor, Ph.D., founding member of the Bouchet Society, and The Chicago School’s Washington, D.C. Campus, received the annual Bouchet Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education in 2004. When Dr. Taylor joined TCSPP, he found that various students embodied the qualities a Bouchet member exemplifies, and made the connection to have these students nominated to the Society.  In 2013, TCSPP had 33 inaugural inductees.

“I am very proud of our inductees who exemplify the qualities of Dr. Bouchet. They are hardworking, determined, unafraid of obstacles, and true advocates of service to the community. They are a great reflection on our institution, proving that we are a university of choice that attracts individuals who want to effect change and see purpose in our mission,” said Michele Nealon-Woods, Psy.D., president of The Chicago School.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology joins 11 esteemed university partners – Cornell University, George Washington University, Howard University, Rutgers University, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Washington University in St. Louis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Yale University, who have been recognized by the Bouchet Society for producing outstanding scholars committed to contributing to the development of their field(s) of study.

The Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society commemorates the first African American to earn a doctorate degree from an American university (Physics, Yale University, 1876). One national charter with two chapters was inaugurated by Yale University and Howard University in 2005. The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of pre-eminent scholars exemplifying academic and personal excellence, character, service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

The new members of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology are:

Chicago Campus Students

Don Togade
Applied Behavior Analysis

Kesha S. Burch
Counseling Education and Supervision

M. Christine Lawther
Organizational Leadership

Washington, D.C. Campus Students

Kyle A. Msall
International Psychology

Sheri A. Sesay-Tuffour, MPA, CAE
Organizational Leadership

Melissa E. Wynn
Organizational Leadership

Online Students

DeAnza Pederson-Spaulding
International Psychology

Mindy Vance
Business Psychology

Faculty & Staff

Adelina Longoria, Ph.D.
Affiliate Professor, Los Angeles Campus

Katherine McGraw, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Office of Sponsored Programs, Washington D.C. Campus