Large Group of Doctoral Students From The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Inducted Into Prestigious Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Apr 29, 2013, 15:00 ET from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

LOS ANGELES, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thirty-three doctoral students from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) campuses at Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. were inducted into the prestigious Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at the 10th Annual Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education held recently at Yale University. TCSPP Washington, D.C. President Orlando L. Taylor is a founding member of the Society and received the annual Bouchet Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education in 2004. The Bouchet Graduate Honor Society was inaugurated by Yale University and Howard University in 2005, and now exceeds 200 members.

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The Bouchet Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is the nation's largest nonprofit graduate institution devoted to psychology and related behavioral and health sciences. A list of TCSPP inductees is at the conclusion of this news release.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology joins nine esteemed university partners – Cornell University; George Washington University; Howard University; Rutgers University; University of CaliforniaSan Diego; University of Michigan; University of Wisconsin – Madison; Washington University in St. Louis; and Yale University, who have been recognized by the Bouchet Society for producing outstanding scholars committed to contributing to the development of their field(s) of study.

The Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society commemorates the first African American to earn a doctorate degree from an American university (Physics, Yale University, 1876). One national charter with two chapters was inaugurated by Yale University and Howard University in 2005. The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of pre-eminent scholars exemplifying academic and personal excellence, character, service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

"Our inductees embody the qualities of Dr. Bouchet through their pursuit of academic excellence, community outreach and service," said Michele Nealon-Woods, Psy.D., national president of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. "This high-achieving group of students is the first to represent The Chicago School in the Bouchet Honor Society, raising awareness of our learning institution as a school of choice, and our mission of innovation and quality. Our students, faculty and staff are very proud of their accomplishments, as am I."

Dr. Nealon-Woods also participated in this year's Bouchet Conference, providing the opening keynote on the implications of violence to mental health and opportunities for scholars.

During the first day of the annual conference, Bouchet Graduate Honor Society inductees gave either paper or poster presentations before Bouchet Society members. Research proposals were accepted in each of the following divisions: humanities, social sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, physical sciences and engineering. Applicants provided oral presentations, poster presentations, academic panels and workshops based on research, teaching or practice perspective.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Doctoral Students and new members of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society are:

Los Angeles
Jessie Caldera, Applied Clinical Psychology
Maggie F. Gindlesperger, M.A., Clinical Psychology
Shanon R. Harmon, Business Psychology
Vanessa M. Holtgrave, Clinical Forensic Psychology
Julie L. Locklear, Business Psychology

Washington, D.C.
Sharon A. Asonganyi, International Psychology
Stephanie Beck, International Psychology
Terrica Bird, Business Psychology
Shirley Carroll, International Psychology
Toya Joyner, Business Psychology
Janelle Junkin, International Psychology
Crystal Kominar, International Psychology
Gerson Morales, International Psychology
Latoya Patterson, Clinical Psychology
Chatonia Zollicoffer, International Psychology

Marie Hankinson, Organized Leadership
Leila Ellis-Nelson, Clinical Psychology
Priscilla Cheng, LMFT, MA Clinical Psychology
Frances McClain, Counselor Education and Supervision
Damita Sun Wolf LaRue, Clinical Psychology
Allayna Pinkston, Clinical Psychology
Suela Sulo, Organization Leadership
Nicole Thalheimer, Clinical Psychology
Allison O'Mara, Clinical Psychology
Ivan Gonzalez, Clinical Psychology
Cheryl Green, International Psychology
Vanessa Hicks, Clinical Psychology
Anne Slanina, Clinical Psychology
Antonio Cortes, Business Psychology
Teatta Gilbert, Business Psychology
Amelia Justice, Clinical Psychology
Roblyn Lewter, International Psychology
Matthew Wood, Organizational Leadership

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 and health sciences. It serves more than 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Los Angeles and branches in 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 six consecutive years, and the Los Angeles Campus gained its first award this year. 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

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