Adjunct Faculty

Amber MillerAmy Savage, Brian Conant, Christina Vitale, Danielle Rynczak, Ellie Feldman, Erika Liljedahl, Gina Masessa, Jason Dana, Jennifer Dondero, John Klucczynski, Karen Smith, Kendell Coker, Kim Becker, Lester Palmer, Margaret Powers, Melissa Guzicki, Michael DavisonMorgan McGoughRyan Tobiasz, Sharon ColemanSteven Kulb, Susanne Francis-Thornton, William Filstead
 

Amber Miller, LCPC, LPC

Amber Miller has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Fall 2008.  She is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a licensed professional counselor in Illinois. Her current work in the field includes individual, family, or group therapy with children, adolescents, and adults that are involved in the child welfare system.

 Education

  • B.A., University of Missouri
  • M.A., Loyola University

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

    • attachment
    • trauma
    • individual therapy
    • group therapy

 Classes Taught

  • Group Processes of Therapy
 

Amy Savage, Psy.D.

Amy Savage has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since December 2008.  She is a certified alcohol and drug counselor in Illinois.

 Question/Answer

Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

The field of psychology offers the opportunity to heal others through compassion and understanding.  After working in the domain of emergency medicine for a decade, the ability to heal without medication or physical tools is truly a select gift of the field.

 Education

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Psy.D., Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University)

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Addiction
  • Adolescence Psychology
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Anger
  • Autism
  • Anxiety
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Child Psychology
  • Chronic Mental Illness
  • Cultural Issues
  • Decision Making
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Health
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered Issues
  • Gender Issues
  • Leadership
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress
  • Psychology of Terrorism
  • Psychotherapy
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self Injury
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual Offenders
  • Sexually Abused Children
  • Sleep
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Testing Issues
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Issues

 Classes Taught

  • Violence and Risk Assessment
  • Police Psychology


Brian Conant, Psy. D.

Brian Conant has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Fall 2008.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois. 

 

Question/Answer

Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

The complexities of the human experience fascinate me.  I found that the field of psychology was a perfect fit for my personality and interests.  Ultimately I wanted to do something meaningful and personally rewarding with my career.  Being a psychologist has fulfilled that wish.

 Education

  • B.A., University of Vermont
  • Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • adolescence psychology
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • anger
  • autism
  • anxiety
  • bullying
  • child abuse
  • child psychology
  • conflict resolution
  • cultural issues
  • depression
  • diversity issues
  • emotional health
  • forensic psychology
  • learning disabilities
  • mood disorders
  • personality disorders
  • posttraumatic stress
  • psychotherapy
  • schizophrenia
  • self injury
  • sexual offenders
  • sexually abused children
  • stress
  • substance abuse
  • testing issues

 Classes Taught

  • Practicum Seminar
  • Ethics and Professional Issues in Forensic Psychology
 

Christina Vitale, LCSW

Christina Vitale has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Summer 2007.  She is a licensed clinical social worker in Illinois and a certified sex offender treatment specialist.  She currently works in the field as a juvenile probation officer for Cook County Juvenile Probation through the Circuit Court of Cook County.

 Education

  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • addiction
  • adolescence psychology
  • child abuse
  • diversity issues
  • forensic psychology
  • gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues
  • gender issues
  • personality disorders
  • posttraumatic stress
  • sexuality
  • sexual offenders
  • sexually abused children
  • substance abuse
  • trauma

 Classes Taught

  • Group Processes of Therapy
  • Psychopathology
  • Violence and Risk Assessment
  • Practicum Seminar

 



Danielle Rynczak, J.D., M.A., LPC

Danielle Rynczak has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Spring 2009.  She is a licensed professional counselor in Illinois and a licensed attorney in Florida. 

 Question/Answer

Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

As a practicing attorney, I learned first-hand how closely psychology and law are intertwined.  Often laws that were intended to help my clients hurt them.  I entered the field of psychology to be more informed about psychological phenomena.  I am interested in how research and practice in the field can better inform policy and legal reform.

 Education

  • B.A., Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • J.D., Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • forensic psychology
  • health psychology
  • community psychology
  • participatory action research
  • empowerment theory
  • law and policy reform
  • juvenile delinquency
  • special education
  • assessment

 Classes Taught

  • Diversity
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Forensic Documentation, Report Writing, and Testifying
 

Ellie Feldman, M.A., LCPA

Ellie Feldman has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Fall 2004 and teaches within the M.A. Forensic Psychology and M.A. Clinical Counseling programs.  She currently works in management of a child welfare agency.  She has extensive experience counseling adolescents with severe behavioral difficulties in residential and outpatient settings.  More recently she has been specializing in juvenile sex offender assessments and treatment. She continues to provide individual and family counseling privately and contractually.

 Education

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • M.A., The Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • adolescence psychology
  • child abuse
  • forensic psychology
  • juvenile sex offender assessment and treatment
  • mood disorders
  • posttraumatic stress
  • sexual offenders
  • sexually abused children
  • trauma

 Classes Taught

  • Family Systems and Family Therapy
  • Ethics and Professional Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology of the Lifespan
  • Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing
  • Practicum Seminar
  • Diversity in Forensic Psychology

 

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Erika Liljedahl, Psy.D.

Dr. Liljedahl has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Spring 2001.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois.  Her current work in the field includes providing neuropsychological evaluations for clinical referrals and conducting civil and criminal evaluations in the areas of disability, worker’s compensation, and personal injury.  Dr. Liljedahl has taught in the Forensic Psychology Master’s program, the Clinical Psychology Doctorate program, the Behavior Analysis Master’s program, and the Counseling Psychology Master’s program here at the Chicago School.

 Education

  • B.A., University of New York at Buffalo
  • M.S., Canisius College
  • Psy.D., Forest Institute of Professional Psychology

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • anxiety
  • cultural issues
  • decision making
  • developmental disabilities
  • depression
  • disability issues
  • diversity issues
  • emotional health
  • forensic psychology
  • health psychology
  • learning disabilities
  • mood disorders
  • neuropsychology
  • personality disorders
  • posttraumatic stress
  • rehabilitation
  • sleep
  • stress
  • testing issues
  • trauma
  • work/life balance

Classes Taught

Forensic Psychology, Master’s Program

  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Advanced Career Development and Counseling
  • Ethics and Professional Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • Socio-Cultural Issues
  • Objective Methods in Personality Assessment
  • Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing
  • Psychopathology

 


Gina Masessa, M.A.

Gina Masessa has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Spring 2009. 

 Question/Answer

Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

During high school and while studying at my undergraduate university, I found Psychology to be the only field of study which sparked my interest.  It was always the Psychology text books I read cover to cover and looked forward to researching areas of interest outside of the classroom.  The human brain and behaviors fascinate me, and I spend much of my “free” time learning whatever I can that my classes were not able to delve deep enough into.

 Education

  • B.S., Florida State University
  • M.A., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Sexual Offenders
  • Substance Abuse

 Classes Taught

  • Forensic Documentation, Report Writing, and Testifying
  • Career Development and Counseling
  • Group Processes of Therapy
 

Jason Dana, Psy.D.

Dr. Dana has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Spring 2004.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois and his current work in the field includes working as a clinical psychologist in the forensic studies unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.

 Education

  • B.S., University of Southern California
  • M.A., Pepperdine University Graduate School of Psychology
  • Psy.D., Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • forensic psychology
  • correctional psychology
  • gang and gang affiliation
  • assessment
  • anger
  • posttraumatic stress disorder
  • adult offenders

 Classes Taught

  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Evaluation and Treatment of the Adult Offender
  • Trauma and Crisis Intervention
  • Evaluating and Treating the Sex Offender
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Jennifer Dondero, M.A.

Jennifer Dondero has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Fall 2008.  She is a recent graduate of the Forensic Psychology program at the Chicago School and was an active member of the program through her work as a student worker, teaching assistant and founding member of the Forensic Ambassadors Club.

 Education

  • B.A., Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.A., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • forensic psychology
  • correctional psychology
  • group therapy
  • assessment

 Classes Taught

  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
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John Kluczynski, Psy.D.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Kluczynski has been working first as a core faculty member then as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Fall of 1983.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois and maintains a busy independent clinical practice.  Dr. Kluczynski is a 1983 graduate of the Chicago School and has been working in the field of psychology since 1975. He has been working with chemical dependency and substance abuse clients for 33 years and is certified in addictions.

 Education

  • B.A., Loyola University of Chicago
  • Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • forensic psychology
  • substance abuse/chemical dependency
  • clinical work
  • assessment with offenders
  • fitness to stand trial
  • NGRI
  • fitness for sentencing

 Classes Taught

  • Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment
  • Practicum
  • Internship


Karen Smith, MA, LCPC

Karen Smith has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Spring 2004 .  She is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Illinois and is sex offender management board approved.  She is a certified instructor of domestic violence classes for perpetrators and has completed the 40 hour certificate of domestic violence training.  Her current work in the field includes working as a coordinator and facilitator for a sex offender program at Liberty Health Care Corporation, a treatment and detention center.

 Education

  • B.A., College of St. Francis
  • M.A., Roosevelt University
  • Current, Doctoral Program at the Adler School of Professional Psychology

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • sex offenders
  • domestic violence with perpetrators
  • developmental disabilities
  • intellectual disabilities
  • forensic psychology

 Classes Taught

  • Psychology of the Lifespan
  • Evaluation and Treatment of the Adult Offender
  • Evaluation and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender
  • Evaluating and Treating the Sex Offender
  • Family Systems and Family Therapy
  • Independent Study
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Violence and Risk Assessment
  • Trauma and Crisis Intervention
  • Practicum
  • Internship I
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Kendell Coker, Ph.D.

Dr. Coker has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Fall 2008.  He is currently working in the field at Northwestern University Law Clinic/Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic as a forensic juvenile justice clinician.

 Education

  • B.A., Macalester College
  • M.S., Nova Southeastern University
  • Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
  • J.D., Current, Loyola University Chicago Law School

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • forensic psychology
  • adolescents
  • juvenile delinquency
  • assessment
  • trauma

 Classes Taught

  • Mental Health Law
 

Kim Becker, Psy.D., LPC

Dr. Becker has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Fall 2005 in the MAAC and Forensic Psychology programs.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois.  Her current work in the field includes maintaining a private practice and working as a crisis intervention worker in a hospital emergency room.

 Education

  • B.A., The University of Evansville
  • M.A., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • crisis intervention/evaluations
  • individual therapy
  • family therapy
  • group therapy
  • substance abuse
  • inpatient/hospital settings

 Classes Taught

  • Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment
  • Group Processes of Therapy
  • Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing
  • Group Processes of Psychotherapy
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Lester Palmer, M.A.

Lester Palmer has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Summer 2005.  Before entering the psychology field Mr. Palmer worked in the educational field for over 30 years.  His current work in the field includes working as an adjunct faculty member here at the Chicago School and as an adjunct faculty member at Roosevelt University.

 Education

  • M.A., Alfred Adler School of Professional Psychology

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • addiction
  • psychopathology
  • substance abuse

 Classes Taught

  • Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing
  • Career Development and Counseling
  • Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment

 

 

Margaret Powers, LCSW

Biographical Sketch

Margaret Powers has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since 2009.  She is a licensed clinical social worker in Illinois.  Ms. Powers has been on the forefront of conflict resolution since 1989 and is considered a bailiwick in the field of mediation.  Ms. Powers has a private practice and in addition to her practice she is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University’s Dispute Resolution Program and former faculty with DePaul University’s Dispute Resolution Program training over 1000 people in performance based training.  Ms. Powers also facilitates a Mediation Internship Program providing opportunity for continual skill development for mediators new to the field.

Education

  • B.A., Ohio University
  • M.A., University of Connecticut

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • conflict resolution
  • marriage and divorce
  • mediation


Melissa Guzicki, M.A.

Melissa Guzicki has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Fall 2008.  She is a graduate of the Chicago School and her work in the field includes working as a bilingual clinician providing therapy and case management services for individuals diagnosed with emotional disturbances.

 Education

  • B.A., Wayne State University
  • M.A., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • forensic psychology
  • clinical interviewing
  • individual therapy
  • assessment
  • group therapy
  • emotional disturbances

 Classes Taught

  • Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing

Michael Davison, Psy.D.

Michael Davison has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since 2008.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois.

 Question/Answer

Description of your teaching philosophy:

I believe that the more involved students are in the learning process, the deeper their understanding of the material will be.  To facilitate this process I believe in using small group exercises, class discussions, and using examples from my own clinical work.  Learning best happens in a safe environment and out of a collaborative experience between teacher and students, and in the interactions students have between each other in class and outside of the formal classroom.  Therefore, I emphasize team learning and group projects.

 Education

  • B.A., Northern Illinois University
  • M.A., Roosevelt University
  • Psy.D., Adler School of Professional Psychology

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Addiction
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Psychology
  • Depression
  • Executive Coaching
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sexual Offenders
  • Sexually Abused Children
  • Substance Abuse

 Classes Taught

  • Assessment
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Psychology of the Life Span
  • Cognitive Affective Bases of Behavior
 

Morgan McGough, J.D.

Biographical Sketch

Morgan McGough has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since 2009.  She is an attorney practicing in the area of employment law. She graduated from Emory University in 2003 with a B.A. in International Studies, with a focus in conflict and security, and Spanish.  Morgan earned her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2007, with a certificate in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Morgan became a certified mediator with the Center for Conflict Resolution in 2006.  She mediates cases involving torts, contracts, employment issues, guardianships, post-decree divorce matters, matrimonial fee disputes and adult and juvenile misdemeanors.  Additionally, Morgan works with the Center for Conflict Resolution as a coach and trainer for various mediation training programs and law school courses.

Education

  • B.A., Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • addiction
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • conflict resolution
  • cultural issues
  • disability issues
  • diversity issues
  • domestic violence
  • employee motivation
  • gender issues
  • learning disabilities
  • marriage and divorce
  • stereotypes
  • work/life balance
  • workplace issues

Classes Taught

  • Forensic Mediation and Dispute Resolution
   

Ryan Tobiasz, Psy.D.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Tobiasz has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since 2009.  He currently works at Columbia Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison within the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.  He developed the institution’s first ongoing weekly mental health treatment groups on the Special Management Unit, which houses the institution’s serious mentally ill inmates, and on the Segregation Unit, which houses the institution’s severely personality-disordered inmates.

 
Education

  • M.A., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • psychosis
  • trauma
  • self-injury
  • psychological assessment
  • risk assessment

Classes Taught

  • Personality Assessment

 

 

Sharon Coleman, Psy.D.

Dr. Coleman has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Summer 2003.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois and in Indiana and is a certified alcohol and other drug counselor (CADC).  Her current work in the field includes working as a forensic psychologist for Forensic Clinical Services of Cook County as well as maintaining private practice involving therapy and clinical supervision.

 Education

  • B.S., University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Psy.D., Illinois School of Professional Psychology

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • chronic mental illness
  • diversity issues
  • forensic psychology
  • health psychology
  • mood disorders
  • personality disorders
  • substance abuse

 Classes Taught

  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Objective Methods in Personality Assessment
  • Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment
  • Psychology of the Lifespan
  • Group Processes of Therapy
  • Theories of Counseling

 

Steven Kulb, Psy. D.

Biographical Sketch

Steven Kulb has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Fall 2009.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois. 

 Education

  • B.A., Indiana University
  • Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • adolescence psychology
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • child psychology
  • learning disabilities
  • psychotherapy
  • testing issues

 Classes Taught

  • Intellectual & Achievement Assessment
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Susanne Francis-Thornton, Psy.D.

Dr. Francis-Thornton has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since Spring 2004.  She is currently working in the field as an interim-director at Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago, diagnostic consultant at Kane County diagnostic Center, and as a mental health consultant at Head State in Chicago.

 Education

  • B.A., Wheaton College
  • M.A., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

 Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • forensic psychology
  • adolescents
  • juvenile delinquency
  • assessment
  • competency to stand trial evaluations

 Classes Taught

  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Ethics and Professional Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • Evaluation and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender
  • Practicum/Internship
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William Filstead, Psy.D.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Filstead has been working as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School since 2009.  He is currently employed by the American Medical Association, Inc. (AMA) as the Directory of a medical education research collaborative called ISTEP (Innovative Strategies for transforming the Education of Physicians) whose focus is on developing an evidence based research platform to assess the impact of medical education, broadly defined, on the development of competent and caring physicians who will improve the care and quality of life of their patients.

Education

  • B.S., St. Joseph College, Indiana
  • M.A., University of Hawaii
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • research methods
  • program evaluation
  • aging
  • disabilities
  • substance abuse
  • qualitative methods

Classes Taught

  • Research Methods