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Elina Manghi, Psy.D., Professor and Core Faculty in the Department of Clinical Psychology
The Adler School Community Remembers, Celebrates the Life of Dr. Elina Manghi

With a deep sense of loss as we celebrate her life and work, the Adler School community this week remembers Elina Manghi, Psy.D., Professor and Core Faculty in the Department of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Manghi passed away on January 15th, after a brave battle with lymphoma.

Dr. Manghi joined the Adler School two years ago, and led the Child and Adolescent Track of our Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) Program.  Her impact at the School and on so many of us was extraordinary.

She was the psychologist and faculty member that we all aspire to be—bringing boundless intelligence, creativity, energy, and compassion to her work with students, clients, and colleagues.  She brought excellence and care to her every endeavor: from her leadership in training related to neurodevelopmental disabilities around the world, to her research to untangle barriers to services for Latino parents of autistic children, to her leadership in selecting challenging works of fiction for the Adler School community to read in her role as chair of our Common Book Program.

Click here to read a Chicago Tribune article about Dr. Manghi.

Dr. Manghi’s passing is a great loss to the Adler School faculty, to her students, and to the entire School community.  We will reflect, grieve, and celebrate Elina in the coming weeks, and beyond.

In her honor, the Elina Manghi Memorial Child and Adolescent Psychology Lecture has been established at the Adler School.  The lecture will feature a leading figure in the field of child and adolescent psychology whose work exemplifies the qualities and principles that Dr. Manghi espoused and taught. We are pleased to share that the first Elina Manghi Memorial Lecturer is Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is also Director of the Columbia University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.

The Elina Manghi Memorial Lecture was established through the generosity of David Castro-Blanco, Ph.D., ABPP, Core Faculty and Acting Coordinator of the Psy.D. Child and Adolescent Track, and Nancy Tyler, M.D.  Dr. Manghi and her husband, Dr. Dennis McGuire, had generously agreed to naming the lecture in her honor. 

Contributions to the lecture in Dr. Manghi’s honor are welcome and accepted through the Office for Institutional Advancement.

We offer our sorrow and condolences to Dr. Manghi’s family and to the many, many others to who she was a colleague, mentor, friend, and source of inspiration. 

"Students should be excited by ideas, concepts, and the practice of psychology. They should feel compelled to develop their own thoughts and ideas and to approach theory and practice with a sense of passion and wonder. I try to light this fire in each and every student. By planning challenging experiences, I promote critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis. But most of all, I aim to promote a love of learning, which should be a lifelong pursuit.

I also believe that professors are powerful role models. To that extent, I am obliged to reveal my own interest in learning, to create new knowledge, and to demonstrate social responsibility and a willingness to serve. Also, by involving students in my professional activities and interests—autism and minority training—and by being an active mentor, I help them have a deep appreciation of how knowledge is created, how it is organized, and how we can all affect change."  - Elina Manghi, Psy.D.