Peter Ji, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

"My goal is to develop Adler students’ abilities to use  
research and statistical skills as methods to learn 
about their chosen field of interest so that they can 
make meaningful contributions that enhance the 
knowledge base of psychology."

"My goal is to develop Adler students’ abilities to use
research and statistical skills as methods to learn
about their chosen field of interest so that they can
make meaningful contributions that enhance the
knowledge base of psychology."

Peter Ji, Ph.D.
Core Faculty, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program

I would describe my teaching philosophy as humanistic. I teach research and statistics. Most students, understandably, are anxious about those courses. I believe that students learn more when they feel comfortable approaching me about their questions and struggles. Thus, I meet with them individually and frequently so that I can develop safe spaces and positive alliances with my students. My goal is to develop Adler students’ abilities to use research and statistical skills as methods to learn about their chosen field of interest so that they can make meaningful contributions that enhance the knowledge base of psychology.

I have two research interests. My research background consisted of implementing elementary school– and community–based evaluation impact studies with the goal of improving student outcomes. My first research interest is to develop instruments that (a) measure children’s social and emotional development, (b) school climate, and (c) the school prevention program’s implementation dosage and fidelity. My second research interest stems from my involvement in community groups such as Parents, Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) that advocate for social justice for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. I am researching how family members accept, support, and advocate on behalf of their LGBT loved ones. I also investigate the development of heterosexual persons and their ability to support, educate, and advocate for LGBT communities.

Please e-mail or call me (312-662-4354) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2001
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1996
  • B.A., Psychology, DePaul University, 1991

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association: Member, Div 44 (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual Issues); 2010 – Elected APA Div 44 member-at-large; Oct 2010 – Wrote Div 44 Open Letter addressing recent suicides among gay individuals; available online.

Select Publications

  • Ji, P., & Fujimoto, K. (in press). Measuring heterosexual LGBT ally development: A Rasch analysis. Journal of Homosexuality.
  • Ji, P., Haehnel, A. A., Muñoz, D. N., & Sodolka, J. (in press). Examining the effectiveness of using new instructors to teach an LGBT ally development course. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.
  • Wilson–Ahlstrom, A., Yohalem, N., DuBois, D. L., & Ji, P. (2011). From soft skills to hard data: Measuring youth program outcomes. Retrieved from The Forum for Youth Investment website.
  • Ji, P., DuBois, S. N., & Finnessy, P. (2009). An academic course that teaches heterosexual students to be allies to LGBT communities: A qualitative analysis. The Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 21, 402-429.
  • Flay, B. R., Biglan, A., Boruch, R. F., Castro, F. G., Gottfredson, D., Kellam, S., Mocicki, E. K., Schinke, S., Valentine, J. C., & Ji, P. (2005). Standards of evidence: criteria for efficacy, effectiveness and dissemination. Prevention Science, 1-25. doi:10.1007/s11121-005-5553-y

Select Presentations

  • Ji, P., Beasley, C. & Agostine, C. (2011, June). Educational approaches to promoting social justice for LGBT communities. Symposium conducted at the Society for Community Research and Action Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Ji, P., Christensen, C., Rothenbach, K., & Apan, G. (2011, June). Measuring kindergarten, first, and second grade students’ perceptions of school climate: A Rasch analysis. Poster presented at the Society for Community Research and Action Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Ji, P. (2011, June). Measuring school climate and its impacts on student outcomes. Poster presented at the Society for Community Research and Action Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Ji, P. (2011, August). Measuring student’s social and emotional competencies: A Rasch analysis. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C.
  • Ji, P. (2011, August). Measuring the development of heterosexual allies: A Rasch analysis. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C.

 Awards

  • LGBT Ally Award, University of Illinois at Chicago Gender and Sexuality Center, 2009.
  • PFLAG (Parents, Friends of Lesbians and Gays), Achievement Award, 2011.