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First Latina President Tapped To Lead Chicago Campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Patricia Arredondo Brings Higher Education and Private Sector Multicultural Expertise to Institution

CHICAGO, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods, national president of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), a nonprofit graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral and health sciences, announces the appointment of Dr. Patricia Arredondo as the new president of the school's largest campus located in the heart of Chicago. She is the first Latina to serve in this prestigious role at TCSPP.

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"We are very excited to have someone of Dr. Arredondo's stature join our Chicago Campus as president," said Michele Nealon-Woods, Psy.D., national president of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. "She brings academic and entrepreneurial expertise in addition to multicultural acumen and social advocacy that this leadership role demands as we move the institution and the field of psychology forward."

"I'm thrilled to join The Chicago School family and focus my efforts on an institution dedicated entirely to psychology as the school has done for more than 30 years," said Patricia Arredondo, Ed.D."I'm impressed with the commitment TCSPP gives to supporting the local and global community – through its curricula and its faculty, staff and students – who work tirelessly to apply the principles of the behavioral sciences in the real world."

Dr. Arredondo, a licensed psychologist bilingual in English and Spanish, was formerly with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) where she was associate vice chancellor, interim dean for the School of Continuing Education and professor of educational psychology. Prior to UWM, she served as senior vice president for University Student Initiatives and Student Affairs at Arizona State University. She is also the vice chair of the Social Development Commission, the largest anti-poverty agency in Wisconsin.

Dr. Arredondo has an extensive scholarship record with a focus on multicultural counseling competency models; multicultural guidelines in psychology, immigrants and life-change processes; Latina/o issues in counseling; social justice advocacy; and organizational diversity assessment. In addition to contributing to more than 100 scholarly publications, she has served as president for several professional associations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Psychological Association's Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the National Latina/o Psychological Association.

Recognizing her contributions to multicultural counseling, Dr. Arredondo has received the "Living Legend" award from the ACA, an Honorary Degree from the University of San Diego because of her multicultural scholarship, and holds Fellow status with the American Psychological Association. Dr. Arredondo earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston University.

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral sciences. It serves more than 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (L.A., Irvine, Westwood); and Washington D.C.  as well as online/blended programs. The institution is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and its Clinical Psychology doctoral program in Chicago is accredited by the American Psychological Association. A member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, TCSPP is recognized for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The community service initiatives on the Chicago campus have also earned recognition on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for five consecutive years. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is a leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit www.thechicagoschool.edu.

SOURCE The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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