The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Type Private, Not-for-Profit
Established 1979
President Michele Nealon-Woods, Psy.D.
Undergraduates B.A. degree completion only
Postgraduates 4,500 (Spring 2014)
Location Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Campus Chicago, Illinois; Grayslake, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; Irvine, California; Washington, D.C.;

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, known as "The Chicago School," is a graduate university specializing in psychology. It has over 4,300 students[1] and offers more than 20 degree programs in psychology and related behavioral sciences. The school is a member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, which has recognized the school for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity.



The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an affiliate of the nonprofit TCS Education System (TCS ES).[4]


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology was established by practicing psychologists with the goal of providing high-quality professional psychology training in a not-for-profit setting. Initial plans for the school were made in 1977 and realized in January 1979 by the nonprofit Midwestern Psychology Development Foundation.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology began its first classes at temporary quarters located at 30 West Chicago Avenue before moving to the Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue in 1980. In 1986 The Chicago School moved to its next location, the historic Dearborn Station in Chicago’s South Loop. In 2004, the school found a new downtown home at 325 N. Wells Street. The school expanded to the west coast in 2008 with three campuses in Southern California. It opened its first out-of-state location in downtown Los Angeles, in the summer.[5] The school announced a formal affiliation in fall 2008 with the California Graduate Institute and its campuses in Westwood and Irvine.[6]

From its early days the school began to earn a reputation for being a leader in diversity and multicultural training.[citation needed] Classes such as Cultural Issues in Assessment and Intercultural Psychotherapy Laboratory began to appear in the school’s bulletin in the 1980s. In 1988, the school opened its first institute for diversity-related training, research, and events: the Center for Inter-Cultural Clinical Psychology. One of its original initiatives was a Cultural Impact Conference, which remains an annual fixture on campus. The center eventually evolved in 2005 to become the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies. The Chicago School’s innovative approach to diversity received recognition in 1998 with an Institutional Diversity Award bestowed by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). NCSPP would again honor the school in 2005 with its Advocacy Award “in recognition of its outstanding commitment to advancing the attitude, skills, and knowledge of professional advocacy and public policy.”[citation needed]


East Coast

  • Washington, D.C., Campus: The Chicago School's east coast campus in Washington, D.C., opened in summer 2010 three blocks from the White House at McPherson Square.


  • New Orleans, Campus The Chicago School at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans is located on the campus of Xavier University, a historically black university in Louisiana.


  • Chicago Campus:
    Downtown Chicago location
    The Chicago School’s downtown campus is located at 325 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654 - in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The building itself opened in 1914 as a Chase and Sanborn Coffee warehouse and is one of the few remaining relics on the Chicago River of the city’s industrial era. The school expanded in early 2007 with new space opening across the street in the Merchandise Mart.

West Coast

  • Irvine Campus:In addition to Westwood, The Chicago School's affiliation with CGI[6] also incorporates a campus in Irvine, California. The California Graduate Institute of The Chicago School, at Irvine, is located next to UC Irvine.
  • Los Angeles Campus: Located at 617 W. 7th St., the L.A. Campus site is located four blocks north of the Staples Center, near Pasadena, Santa Ana, and Santa Monica freeways, and one block from the 7th Street Metro Center. In September, 2016, this campus settled a lawsuit for 11.2 million dollars.[7] The lawsuit, which was filed by former Chicago School Los Angeles students, alleged that students were misled and deceived by the school into attending a doctoral program that was not accredited by the American Psychological Association.[8]

Fall 2014 student profile[edit]

  • Total students: more than 4,300[1]
  • Average age: 32 years old
  • Ethnicity
    • 50.6% White/Caucasian
    • 20.3% Black/African American
    • 13.8% Latino(a)/Hispanic
    • 5.5% Asian
    • 0.3% American Indian/Alaska Native
    • 0.4% Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • Gender
    • Female: 80%
    • Male: 20%[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Fast Facts". The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  2. ^ American Psychological Association; Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Chicago Campus: Clinical Psychology (Clinical PsyD) November 22, 2016 [1] Consulted March 1, 2017.
  3. ^ The Chicago School of Professional Psychology: The Chicago Campus Clinical Psychology doctoral program[2][3]
  4. ^ "Our Institutions". TCS Education System. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Psychology Campus Coming Downtown". Los Angeles Downtown News. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  6. ^ a b "The Chicago School Unites with CGI, Expands Number of Southern Cal Campuses". The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Archived from the original on 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
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