As President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods oversees one of the most successful nonprofit professional graduate schools in the nation. Comprised of three campuses in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C., a Branch Campus in Irvine, CA, as well as a robust online program, the institution serves nearly 4,300 students in the fields of psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences. With more than 20 degree programs, The Chicago School provides a foundation of knowledge and applied practice grounded in its core values of education, innovation, service and community.
As a result of Dr. Nealon-Woods’ leadership, The Chicago School continues to earn national recognition for its service to the community. In 2014, the Corporation for National and Community Service named TCSPP's Washington, D.C. Campus to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, marking that campus' first appearance on the list. In addition, the Southern California Campuses made the Honor Roll for the second consecutive year. The Chicago Campus was first to earn this distinction, and has remained on the list for seven consecutive years. The Chicago School was also named as a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a designation which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students, and to ensure their success on campus. And in 2014, the institution was identified as a 2015 Top School by Military Advanced Education, publisher of the Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges & Universities.
In 2014, Dr. Nealon-Woods spearheaded the development of a forward-thinking 2015/2020 Strategic Plan to create a new road map for the future of the then 35-year-old institution. The plan is aimed at continuing to position The Chicago School as a national leader with a global reach. In addition to innovative new programs, in 2014, Dr. Nealon-Woods established the institution’s first Master of Public Health Program, linking mental health to overall health and well-being through a new Division of Health Sciences and Human Services. The first Bachelor’s Completion Program in Psychology was also established in 2014, creating a seamless transition for students into graduate psychology education, and signaling the establishment of the new Undergraduate Studies Division at TCSPP.
Dr. Nealon-Woods distinguished career reflects her dedication to ensuring that underserved 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. An alumna of the school’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Nealon-Woods later served as a faculty member and chair of this program at the Chicago Campus before moving to California. In 2006, Dr. Nealon-Woods received the institution’s 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.