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

Peter Ji, Ph.D.



I would describe my teaching philosophy as humanistic. I teach research and statistics. Most students, understandably, are anxious about those courses. I believe that students learn more when they feel comfortable approaching me about their questions and struggles. Thus, I meet with them individually and frequently so that I can develop safe spaces and positive alliances with my students. My goal is to develop Adler students’ abilities to use research and statistical skills as methods to learn about their chosen field of interest so that they can make meaningful contributions that enhance the knowledge base of psychology.

I have two research interests. My research background consisted of implementing elementary school—and community—based evaluation impact studies with the goal of improving student outcomes. My first research interest is to develop instruments that (a) measure children’s social and emotional development, (b) school climate, and (c) the University prevention program’s implementation dosage and fidelity. My second research interest stems from my involvement in community groups such as Parents, Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) that advocate for social justice for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. I am researching how family members accept, support, and advocate on behalf of their LGBT loved ones. I also investigate the development of heterosexual persons and their ability to support, educate, and advocate for LGBT communities.

Please email or call me 312.662.4354 if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Licensed Psychologist in Illinois: License # 071.010487



  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • B.A., Psychology, DePaul University
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
    • Division 44, LGBT Issues: Member-at-Large
    • View open letter addressing recent suicides among gay individuals here.
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Ji, P. (2023). A Rasch analysis of a rubric that measures the quality of school-level variables that support a school’s implementation of a social and emotional learning program over time. Psychology in the Schools, 1–28.
  • Ji, P., Haehnel, A. A., Muñoz, D. N., & Sodolka, J. (in press). Examining the effectiveness of using new instructors to teach an LGBT ally development course. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.
  • Beck, N., Ji, P., Tubbesing, T., Jennifer H. L., Robbins, S., & Menditto, A. (2018). Contagion of violence and self-harm behaviors on a psychiatric ward. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 29(6), 989-1006.
  • Day, J., Ji, P., DuBois, D. L., & Flay, B. (2015). Cumulative social-environmental adversity exposure as predictor of psychological distress and risk behavior in urban youth. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 33(3), 219–235.
  • Busse, M., Whiteside, D., Waters, D., Hellings, J., & Ji, P. (2014). Exploring the reliability and component structure of the personality assessment inventory in a neuropsychological sample. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 28, 237–251.
  • Ji, P., DuBois, D. L., & Flay, B. R. (2013). Social-Emotional and Character Development Scale: Development and initial validation with urban elementary school students. Journal of Research in Character Education, 9, 121–147.
  • Ji, P., & Fujimoto, K. (2013). Measuring heterosexual LGBT ally identity development: A Rasch analysis. Journal of Homosexuality, 60, 1695–1725.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Ji, P., Beasley, C. & Agostine, C. (2011, June). Educational approaches to promoting social justice for LGBT communities. Symposium conducted at the Society for Community Research and Action Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Ji, P., Christensen, C., Rothenbach, K., & Apan, G. (2011, June). Measuring kindergarten, first, and second grade students’ perceptions of school climate: A Rasch analysis. Poster presented at the Society for Community Research and Action Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Ji, P. (2011, June). Measuring school climate and its impacts on student outcomes. Poster presented at the Society for Community Research and Action Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Ji, P. (2011, August). Measuring student’s social and emotional competencies: A Rasch analysis. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C.
  • Ji, P. (2011, August). Measuring the development of heterosexual allies: A Rasch analysis. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C.


  • 2014 Professor of the Year
  • LGBT Ally Award, University of Illinois at Chicago Gender and Sexuality Center, 2009.
  • Achievement Award, Parents, Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), 2011.

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