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Chicago | Associate Director of Training, Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Lauren Nichols, Psy.D.

Overview

Overview

I have truly come to appreciate the integration of clinical psychology and social responsibility that Adler University achieves through its mission to engage future clinicians in an understanding of the multiple roles that psychologists adopt as they engage the community as practitioners and scholars. I believe that teaching graduate students a knowledge base in evidence-based practice needs to include a level of critical thinking that integrates an understanding of human diversity, the importance of socio-cultural context, and a need for both the prevention and amelioration of psychopathology. The classroom should be more than a vehicle to disseminate factual knowledge; it should also provide an environment that helps students become curious to explore both the professional and personal sides of their overall development as future psychologists.

Through the Psy.D. Child and Adolescent Emphasis, I bridge my clinical experiences with my academic interests. In my work with families, adolescents, and children, I have come to understand the vital role that psychologists play in helping underserved communities beyond the provision of psychotherapy. Advocacy, psycho-education, coalition building, and program development and evaluation are also major areas of practice for the clinical child psychologist. I enjoy helping our students begin to understand and assume roles in these essential areas of practice as they grow as clinical psychologists who work with children and families.

Please email or call me 312.662.4356 if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

Education

  • Psy.D., Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Chicago
  • M.A., Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Chicago
  • B.A., Psychology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Certifications

Certifications

  • Level II Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Certificate -Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Level II: Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair, March 2018
  • Level I Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Certificate – Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Level I: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory, July 2015
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Vannucci, M., Whiteshide, D., Saigal, S., Nichols, L., & Hileman, S. (2017). Predicting supervision outcomes: What’s different about psychological assessment supervision. Australian Psychologist, 52, pp.114-120.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Saigal, S., Vannucci, M., Nichols, L., & Whiteside, D. (August, 2017). Defining Mentorship in Clinical     Supervision. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association annual convention. Washington, D.C.
  • Hileman, S., Vannucci, M., Saigal, S., Whiteside, D., Nichols, L., &. Petrovich, N. (August, 2017). How Does Supervisee Anxiety Effect Students’ Use of Supervision and Assessment Supervision Outcomes?. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association annual convention. Washington, D.C.
  • Saigal, S., Vannucci, M., Nichols, L., & Whiteside, D. (April, 2017). Defining Mentor Functions in Clinical Supervision. Presentation presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.
  • Saigal, S., Nichols, L., Vannucci, M., & Whiteside, D. (April, 2017). Predicting Positive Student Outcome in Assessment Supervision. Poster presented at the Adler University Research and Scholarship Symposium. Chicago, IL.
  • Vannucci, M., Saigal, S., Whiteside, D., & Nichols, L. (June, 2016). Defining Mentor Functions in Clinical Supervision. Presentation presented at the Adelphi University International Interdisciplinary Conference. Adelphi, NY
  • Hileman, S., Saigal, S., Vannucci, M., Nichols, L., & Whiteside, D. (May, 2015). Preparing Trainees’ for Multidisciplinary Practice: The Impact of Working Alliance and Supervisee Anxiety on Assessment Supervision Outcomes. Poster presented at the Association for Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training 3rd Annual Conference: “Multidisciplinary Teams: The Place for Mental Health in the Inter-professional World”, Chicago, IL.
  • Nichols, L. (January, 2015). Attachment Theory: Foundations. Presentation presented at the Attachment Workshop Symposium at Adler University, Chicago, IL.
  • Vannucci, M., Nichols, L, Saigal, S., & Whiteside, D. (August, 2014).  Application of an Integrated Assessment and Administrative Supervision Model:  Structure, Process, and Outcomes.  Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association 122nd Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.
  • Saigal, S., Vannucci, M., Nichols, L., Whiteside, D., & Hileman, S. (May, 2014). Predicting Positive Student Outcomes in Assessment Supervision. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Hileman, S., Finis, A., Saigal, S., Vannucci, M., Nichols, L., & Whiteside, D. (May, 2014). Predicting Positive Student Outcomes in Assessment Supervision. Poster presented at the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT) 2nd Annual Conference: “Innovations in Supervision and Clinical Training”, Chicago, IL.
  • Hileman, S., Finis, A., Ori, A., & Saigal, S., Vannucci, M., Nichols, L., & Whiteside, D. (May, 2014). Integrating Adlerian-based supervision into predicting positive student outcomes. Poster presented at the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology, Chicago, IL.
  • Nichols, L., Vannucci, M., Saigal, S., & Whiteside, D. (January, 2014). Multicultural Competence in Psychological Assessment Supervision: Ethical and Social Justice Issues. Poster presented at the NCSPP Midwinter Conference, New Orleans, LA.

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