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Suzette Fromm Reed, PhD


Associate Professor

Programs/Classes Taught:

B.A. in Psychology

M.S. in Human Services Management

M.A. in Psychology 

Ph.D. in Community Psychology


I teach a wide variety of classes across different disciplines and academic levels using different modalities (in-person, blended and online) including, but not limited to:

B.A. Psychology: Children and Families Under Stress, Psychology of Learning, Mental Health, Experimental, Culture and Self. 

MA Psychology Classes: Abnormal, Research Methods, Theories of Personality


M.S., Human Services Management: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis, Program Evaluation, Research Methods

Ph.D. in Community Psychology: Advanced Quantitative Methods, Survey Design and Data Analysis, Prevention and Intervention Methods in the Community, Grant Writing and Social Marketing

B.A. in Psychology

M.S. in Human Services Management

M.A. in Psychology 
Ph.D. in Community Psychology 


Areas of Expertise:

My primary area of expertise includes community-engaged research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and community resilience, and related topics (e.g., community mobilization around early childhood development, strengths-based prevention settings).


Suzette Fromm Reed, PhD, is a community psychologist, Associate Professor at National Louis University (NLU) where she developed and now chairs the University’s first PhD program which is in Community Psychology. She also works with students in the psychology Masters and undergraduate programs as well masters students in the Human Services Management program. She has been committed to continually exploring innovative ways to engage non-traditional students including staying abreast of best practices with interactive and online supports to traditional teaching. She is an expert on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and asked to consult and lecture on this topic to international audiences. Her recent publications and presentations cover ACEs in the community and in higher educational settings with a focus on resilient settings. She is currently working on an article for the Encyclopedia for Infant and Early Childhood Development on Neighborhood Effects.  She views herself as a community psychologist who is committed to bridging academic and practice divides with public heath, sociology and psychology more broadly. Prior to NLU, she worked with non-profit agencies at both the national and local level on issues related to children and families. Much of her research examined how collective efficacy and social capital may play a role in buffering against child maltreatment and how social marketing may be applied to this and similar topics. Currently, her research is primarily focused on community mobilization around ACEs and early childhood development. For more info see:


PhD, Psychology in the Public Interest, North Carolina State University
MA, Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology
BA, Psychology, University of Illinois - Chicago

Research and Interests:

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Community Resilience


Webinar: The Buffering Role of Community Resilience against Adverse Childhood Experiences.

The Cost and Consequences of Child Abuse 

Reframing the Obesity Epidemic


Longhi, D., Brown, M., Barila, T., Fromm-Reed, S., & Porter, L.  (2021). How to Increase Community-Wide Resilience to Decrease Inequalities due to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): A Case Study

Fromm Reed, S. and Pitts, C. (2018). The Whole Student:Understanding Students through the Intersections of their Past and Present Contexts. Children, Youth and Families News, a division of the American Psychological Association.

Fromm Reed, S., Viola, J.J. & Lynch, K. (2014). School and community-based childhood obesity: Implications for policy and practice. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 42(2), 87-94.

Olson, B., Viola, J.J., & Fromm Reed, S. (2011). A temporal model of community organizing and direct action. Peace Review, 23(1), 52-60.

Fromm Reed, S. and Richardson, W. (2014). Girl Power! Lessons Learned from Active Engagement with a Primary Prevention Program Focused on Girls. THEory into ACTion: A Bulletin of New Developments in Community Psychology Practice.
Suzette J. Fromm Reed. "Understanding Your Child’s Development: A Social Marketing Approach to the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect." Social Marketing Quarterly 9.4 (2003).

Contact Information:

Suzette Fromm Reed, PhD
Associate Professor
Co-Director Community Psychology Ph.D. Program

Phone: 630-874-4257
Web site:

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