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Tiffany McDowell, Ph.D., Executive Director, Adler University Institute on Social Exclusion
Adler Names Tiffany McDowell, Ph.D., as Institute on Social Exclusion Executive Director

The Adler School of Professional Psychology is pleased to announce that Tiffany McDowell, Ph.D., M.F.T.,  has been named Executive Director of its Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE), leading its ongoing education, advocacy, and research on social determinants of mental health, health impact assessment, and social exclusion. 

“I am particularly interested in building the capacity of community organizations and residents to advocate for policy change,” said McDowell, a licensed marriage and family therapist and recognized community researcher and activist.  

Her recent and ongoing projects with the ISE include development of a Community-Supported Violence Prevention Strategy in Chicago’s Grand Boulevard, Kenwood, and Washington Park communities; a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of proposed redevelopment plans for the sites of Chicago’s decommissioned Fisk and Crawford coal power plants, and a Mental Health Impact Assessment (MHIA) on the use of arrest records in employment decisions.

McDowell joined the ISE as research associate and core faculty in 2011. Prior to joining Adler, she was assistant director of research and programs at the Center for Closing the Health Gap in Greater Cincinnati. There, she developed and evaluated community health interventions to reduce disparities in obesity. She also completed research for the City of Cincinnati Food Access Task Force and the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Hamilton County (Ohio), and taught at The Ohio State University, Miami University, and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. 

McDowell holds a doctorate in couple and family therapy from The Ohio State University. She earned a master’s in family and child studies at Miami University, and her baccalaureate in psychology at Southern University and A&M College.

The Adler School's Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) works to increase understanding of the ways in which laws, public policies, institutional behaviors and other social structures and systems, create unfair social outcomes, and understanding that reconstituting them is required to achieve social justice and equity. Its work aims to ensure that all members of society benefit from quality housing, education and healthcare; fair terms of employment; nutritious food; safety and security; equitable treatment under the law, and all other rights, opportunities and resources necessary for full social inclusion.

About the Adler School of Professional Psychology

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a scholar/practitioner model for 60 years. Its mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice. The Adler School enrolls more than 1,200 students in doctoral and master’s degree programs and offerings at its campuses in Chicago, Illinois, and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online. 


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