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Michele Nealon-Woods
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As national president of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods leads one of the most prominent non-profit professional graduate schools in the country, directing campuses in Chicago, Los Angeles/Irvine/Westwood and Washington D.C. that educate more than 4,000 students and provide more than 800,000 hours of hands-on service in communities, locally and internationally, each year. Since taking office in July 2010, Dr. Nealon-Woods has led the development of new and innovative programs, shaped a forward-thinking strategic plan that positions the school as a national institution with global reach, and presided over the opening of a highly successful new campus in Washington, D.C..

Prior to assuming the institution's top leadership position, Dr. Nealon-Woods served—and continues to serve—as the first president of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Los Angeles campus, overseeing its growth from inception as well as the addition of campuses in Westwood and Irvine. An alumna of the school’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, she was a faculty member and chair of the program at the Chicago campus before moving to California. Dr. Nealon-Woods received the school's 2006 Distinguished Teaching Award in the area of public service teaching and is an accomplished writer and speaker on a wide range of psychology-related topics.

Dr. Nealon-Woods distinguished career reflects her dedication to ensuring that under-served populations receive the mental health care they need and deserve. She began her career in clinical psychology in Dublin, Ireland and moved to the United States in 1994, where she worked with adolescents in group homes and foster care for over six years. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings with diverse groups of people including inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, forensic, and academic settings. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and their families.

Entries by Michele Nealon-Woods

Is Social Media Testing Our Morals?

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 9:00 PM

Every day, I learn so much about the world through the eyes of my children. My boys are 15 and nine and, like so many kids their age; they are significantly more fluent with technology and social media than I ever will be. It seems as much as I try...

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National Dialogue on Mental Health Must Integrate Public Health

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 10:02 AM

In his recent blog on HuffPost, Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, wrote about racial stereotyping in media accounts of violence. He wrote, "very little of the subsequent national conversation mentioned the issue of mental health. Instead, we got the standard character assassination...

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The Impact of the 'Breaking News' Cycle on Our Health

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:16 PM

Beheadings of American journalists in Iraq. The seemingly-unstoppable spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. Ongoing bloodletting between Israel and Hamas, bursting forth anew between periodic cease fires. Planes that inexplicably fall from the sky or disappear completely. Racial tensions erupting into violence in Middle America.

Whether we hear...

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Making Sense of Senseless Violence

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 5:43 PM

Since becoming National President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology four years ago, I've reflected upon what's becoming a staggering and ceaseless procession of mass acts of violence across our nation. The latest incident was this past weekend in Isla Vista, CA -- just over 100 miles...

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Mental Health Wellness Critical to Nation's Well-Being

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 1:15 PM

This month, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology observes Mental Health Awareness Month. It is an occasion to highlight how critical mental health wellness is to our collective well-being, and the growing acknowledgement of the crucial interplay between emotional and physical health.

More urgently, it is a...

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Inspiring Others to Lead Through My Immigrant Journey

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 5:28 PM

In my most recent blog, I shared some thoughts on the topic of women in positions of leadership. I referenced a panel conversation at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology convened to engage women leaders and to invite their reflections on their journey toward a leadership...

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What Women Leaders Bring to the Table

(2) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 11:48 AM

We seem universally inclined to talk about our differences. Gender differences, in particular, can dominate central stage. With March being Women's History Month, here we are again asking how men and women leaders are the same or different! At The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, we recently convened...

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Can We Allow Children to be Children?

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 3:14 PM

With Halloween fast approaching, I can't help but notice the uptick in blogs and commentary about the highly sexualized nature of costumes for girls. In a recent news interview, Dr. Michelle Cutler, a clinical psychologist and faculty member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, responded...

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Culturally Sensitive Providers Will Help Bring Mental Illness Out of Shadows

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 1:05 PM

It is certainly good to see that the conversation about access to mental health services and removing the stigma of mental illness have moved out of the shadows and are now at the forefront of discussions within the White House and across the nation.

At a recent conference convened...

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The Psychology of Social Media: Finding Balance in an Evolving Digital World

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 10:34 AM

Just this month, a faculty member with expertise in social media was called upon by the news media to comment on a story about Instagram Beauty Contests. It has become exceedingly clear that social media is and will continue to be an integral part of our lives for...

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Time to Take Action in Schools and Communities

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 1:44 PM

Renowned mental health researcher, educator and author Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary has described the greeting of African warriors: Rather than saying, "How are you?" they greet each other by asking, "How are the children?" acknowledging that the well-being of a nation's children is the best barometer of its overall health....

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Enough Is Enough

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 8:55 AM

This past week, our nation was hit with the news of a heart-wrenching tragedy -- 27 people killed, 20 of them beautiful young children at school, presumably one of the safest places for children to learn, play, laugh, and grow.

Nightmares like the Connecticut shooting leave us...

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Deploy an Army of Mental Health Professionals to Serve Our Veterans

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 1:55 PM

Do you know what the leading cause of death is in the U.S. Army? Common sense would suggest injuries or accidents during combat. Not so: It's actually suicide. More soldiers are dying from suicide than anything else, and this past July was the deadliest of all -- 38...

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Fight for Equality in Mental Health Coverage

(7) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 4:08 PM

Nearly every day in the news we hear about key public figures and individuals from all walks of life facing challenges with mental health and behavioral problems, problems such as depression, anxiety, addiction, and many others. These are real people: our loved ones, our colleagues, our neighbors next door.

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Can the Engaged Professional-School Model Close the Value Gap?

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 4:39 PM

The news media and political influencers are deep in the trenches of conversations about the value of higher education in today's economy. Each day, we hear one news story after the other or discussions by pundits about college graduates having difficulty finding meaningful employment, the rising costs of doing business,...

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