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Chicago | Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Abbré R. M. McClain, Psy.D, LCPC



When considering my role as an educator, my model of teaching is very much connected to my theoretical orientation; a psychodynamic-object, relations-based lens. I truly believe that our first relationships serve as a template for how we understand and navigate the world. In the same vein, learning and skill building capacities are very much contingent upon the blueprint of the student-teacher relationship. I firmly believe that student engagement and performance is directly connected to the quality of the student-teacher relationship in a classroom setting.

Using a developmental-strength-based approach to teaching embodies the values of high demand/high warmth; encouraging, sharing, cultivating, scaffolding, and mentoring within the teaching model are essential components to defining, understanding, and providing spaces where students can flourish. Safe and affirming spaces that honor student narratives are often the driving force in establishing student motivation, excitement, and curiosity for ongoing learning.

In order for optimal learning, the educator must consistently be willing to place themselves in the perspective and seat of the learner. From this position, I have seen exponential growth among the personal, professional, and clinical capacities of my students. In turn, students have added to my own account of growth as a person, clinician, team member, leader, and educator. To experience this exchange of power every academic year has been an ever evolving gift.



  • 2020 Post Doctoral Fellowship, Infant Parent Psychotherapy Program
    Department of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)
    San Francisco, CA
  • 2019 Doctoral Internship, Multicultural Training Program
    Child and Adolescent Services
    University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)
    San Francisco, CA
  • 2019 Doctorate of Psychology of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D)
    Adler University
    Chicago, IL
  • 2014 Master’s of Art (M.A.), Clinical Psychology
    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
    Chicago, IL
  • 2009 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English and Literature
    Eureka College
    Eureka, IL
Professional Background

Current Positions

  • Faculty Advisor, Child and Adolescent Student Association
    Adler University
    Chicago, IL

Professional Memberships

  • Member, American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Member, Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health (IAIMH)
  • Community Member, Zero to Three

Areas of Expertise

  • Child and Adolescent Assessment, Treatment, and Intervention
  • Developmental Psychology: Infant Parent Psychotherapy, Early Childhood Assessment and Intervention
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Paternal Attachment and Fatherhood Identities
  • Multicultural Psychology, Treatment, and Intervention
  • Trauma-Informed Care
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • McClain, A., Salazar, Jacqueline (2021, October). How to Build Resiliency Factors in Children and Families Across Cultures, Lecture Presented at the 27th Annual Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Statewide Conference. Balance After Chaos: From Surviving to Thriving, Chicago, Illinois

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