Seema Saigal, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

"My primary aim is to engage students in critical thinking, discussion, and debate."  
-Seema Saigal, Ph.D.

"My primary aim is to engage students in critical thinking, discussion, and debate."
-Seema Saigal, Ph.D.

Seema Saigal
Core Faculty, Psy.D. Program

I am truly passionate about teaching and mentorship. I teach a variety of courses including psychopathology, history and systems, research methods, and advanced cognitive behavioral therapy. I am also the faculty advisor to an active student group called the Sexual Wellness and Advocacy Group (SWAG). My primary aim is to engage students in critical thinking, discussion, and debate. I strive to appeal to students' diverse learning styles through a multi-media teaching approach, and through my own passion and enthusiasm for psychological science. Outside the classroom, I support students in honing their clinical skills and interests, developing their professional identities, and ultimately, in achieving their career goals.

I am currently a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. I have worked in a variety of settings including schools, community mental health clinics, and college counseling centers. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders, major depression, couple therapy, multiculturalism, and diversity. I have a strong background in empirically supported treatments including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy. 

My primary research program is focused on close relationships, and some of my recent publications include such topics as speed dating and the personality correlates of marital satisfaction. Many of my dissertation students also focus on close relationship research, including the identification of linguistic and behavioral markers of marital distress, depression, and anxiety in couples. I have recently begun another line of research dedicated to the study of multicultural competence in assessment and the predictors of successful student and client outcomes in assessment supervision.

Please email or call me (312-662-4357) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University
  • B.A., Psychology and Biological Sciences, Cornell University

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
  • Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)
  • The National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP)

Select Publications

  • Eastwick, P. W., Saigal, S. D., & Finkel, E. J. (2010). Smooth operating: A structural analysis of social behavior (SASB) perspective on initial romantic encounters. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1, 344-352.
  • Stroud, C. B., Durbin, C. E., Saigal, S. D., Knobloch-Fedders, L. M. (2010). Normal and abnormal personality traits are associated with marital satisfaction for both men and women: An actor-partner interdependence model analysis, Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 466-477.

Select Presentations

  • Nichols, L., Vannuci, M., Saigal, S. D., & Whiteside, D. (January 2014). Multi-cultural competence in Psychological Assessment Supervision: Ethical and Social Justice Issues. NCSPP Conference, New bOrleans, LA.
  • Saigal, S. D., Durbin, C. E., & Knobloch-Fedders, L. (2008). A linguistic analysis of marital interactions: How do distress and depression influence patterns of word use? Poster presented at the Association of Psychological Science Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Saigal, S. D. (2008). The effect of distress and depression on word use in couples. Paper presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Saigal, S. D., Shafir, D. M., Knobloch-Fedders, L., & Durbin, C. E. (2007). Therapeutic alliance as a predictor of treatment outcome in couple therapy. Paper presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Conference, Madison, WI.
  • Shafir, D. M., Saigal, S. D., Durbin, C. E., & Knobloch-Fedders, L. (2006). Temperament emotionality and early depression markers in children. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Saigal, S. D., Shafir, D. M., Durbin, C. E., Mendelsohn, K. A. (2006). Does the association between marital conflict and liability for child psychopathology still hold after accounting for parental personality?Poster presented at the Society for Research in Psychopathology Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.