Nataka Moore, Psy.D. Chicago Campus

"I create a safe environment where students   
can think, play around with ideas out loud, and  
receive feedback." Nataka Moore

"I create a safe environment where students
can think, play around with ideas out loud, and
receive feedback." Nataka Moore

Nataka Moore, Psy.D.
Core Faculty

My teaching philosophy is rooted in critical thinking and inquiry. While I believe it’s important for students to take in facts and memorize key psychological concepts, I diligently challenge them to think beyond the material and identify loopholes or exceptions to the rule. I also create a safe environment where students can think, play around with ideas out loud, and receive feedback. In addition, I am always aware of the pulse of the room so I can be flexible. For example, I may have a lecture prepared, but if I feel students are confused or struggling with material, I will break them into groups to answer questions related to the material. Sometimes fellow students make the best teachers.

Finally, I want my students to understand the importance of diversity and social justice in the interpretation of material. Psychology is often grounded in conceptualizing how an individual can create change to better his or her life. Often, these frameworks are based on theories that historically ignored aspects of diversity. Thus, I challenge students to understand the limitation of theory and integrate linguistic and culturally appropriate paradigms in their understanding of individuals.

Please e-mail or call me (312-662-4337) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology
  • B.S., Chemistry

Select Presentations

  • Hip-Hop, Graffiti, and Youth Violence: A Case Study of Chicago and New York, International Conference on Art in Response to Violence, October 2010
  • Does Religious Attendance Predict Recovery for African Americans?, International Society for Biomedical and Research Society, September 2010
  • Opportunities for International Community Engagement from the US-Based Classroom, Conference on Community Psychology, June 2010
  • Comparison of Mental Health Outcomes for Child Soldiers in the US and Abroad Based on Human Rights Perspectives, Institute on Social Exclusion International Conference on Social Determinants of Mental Health, June 2010
  • International Consultation on Women’s Issues: Implications for Children and Adolescents, Common Hour, May 2010