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Christopher Rector, Ph.D.


Director of Practicum Training

Programs/Classes Taught:

  • PSYD 710-B, Professional Issues: Ethics, Conduct, Law
  • PSYD 809-0, Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy
  • PSYD 752-0 Personality Assessment
  • PSYD 762-0 Integrated Health Care Psychology
  • PSYD 847-0 Adult Development and Aging
  • PSYD 849-0 CRP Proposal Development

Areas of Expertise:

Crisis counseling
Grief Counseling
Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies
Health/Psychology/Integrated Health Care
Solution Focused Brief Treatment
U.S. Military Veterans
Posttraumatic stress


Dr. Christopher Rector is the fulltime Director of Practicum Training for the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at National Louis University (ISPP) Psy.D. program, as well as Core Faculty. He has over 13 years of graduate level counseling and clinical psychology teaching experience as well as administrative faculty experience, including Argosy Chicago and Loyola University Chicago. Additionally, he has nearly 19 years of clinical experience at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, specializing in medical integrated health care clinical practice and clinical education of masters and doctoral students. Dr. Rector is a published group researcher, with his most recent publication credit in the Journal of Palliative Medicine (2017) on statistical validation of the preparatory grief inventory.

Dr. Rector’s area of teaching and clinical specializations include trauma, crisis assessment and intervention, grief/loss counseling, cognitive behavioral therapies, solution focus brief treatment, integrated health care practice, and military veteran populations.

Additionally, Dr. Rector is currently the past president of ACEPT (Association of Chicagoland Extern and Practicum Training), an association of graduate program and clinical site training directors dedicated to graduate student clinical training experiences. He has been an active presenter to professional clinical and academic audiences for professional continuing education credits. Dr. Rector has a B.S. journalism, M.S. journalism and M.A. counseling degree from Northwestern University; and his Ph.D. degree from Loyola University Chicago. 


  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
  • MA Counseling Psychology, Northwestern University
  • MS Journalism, Northwestern University
  • BS Journalism, Northwestern University

Research and Interests:

Differential diagnostics, preparatory grief, crisis assessment, career assessment

Contact Information:


phone/fax: (312) 261-3112


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