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Shani Beth-Halachmy


Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
Director, Educational Psychology program

Programs/Classes Taught:

In the 30 years at National Louis University, Dr. Beth-Halachmy have taught many different courses in educational psychology, school psychology, and child development.  The following are a sample of courses taught:

  • Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
  • Human Development in Instructional Contexts Development in Educational Settings
  • Educational Psychology: Theory in Classroom Practice
  • Cognition and Instructions
  • Introductory Seminar in School Psychology
  • Theory and Practice of School based Consultation
  • Interventions in schools with multicultural students
  • Introduction to Graduate Research
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Dissertation

Areas of Expertise:

Educational Psychology

Child Development

Play and development

Social emotional development

Peace education

School psychology


Dr. Beth-Halachmy received her doctorate in Educational Psychology (with concentrations in School and Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Human Development) from the University of California at Berkeley 1989. Since joining NLU, Dr. Beth-Halachmy has served in various roles, including, Director of NCE Doctoral Programs, Director Doctoral Program in Human Learning and Development as well as the Director of the School Psychology program.  She is now a member of the faculty team of the Doctoral Program in Teaching Learning, where she has developed and taught one of the doctoral program core courses in Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning.  Prior to joining NLU, Dr. Beth-Halachmy worked for eleven years as a school psychologist in northern California.


Ph.D.  University of California, Berkeley, Educational Psychology/School Psychology
M.A.    University of California, Davis, Educational Psychology/School Psychology
B.A.     California State University, Sacramento, Psychology

Credentials and Licenses
Standard Designated Service Credentials in Pupil Personnel with Authorization as School Psychologist (California)
Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
Marriage and Family Therapist (California)

Research and Interests:

Play and development in early childhood
Peace and cross cultural education
Social emotional development
Emotions and cognition

Contact Information:

Shani Beth-Halachmy, Ph.D.
National Louis University, North Shore
5202 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, IL 60077

Phone: 224 233 2314


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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