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Wytress Richardson


Associate Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Program Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences
College Chair, Professional Studies and Advancement

Programs/Classes Taught:

B.A. in Social and Behavioral Science
B.A., M.A. and Ph.D in Psychology
M.A. Public Policy

LAS105 Introduction to Sociology
LAS300 Adult Development & Learning Assessment
LAH305 Philosophy of Values and Ethics
LAS309 Critical Thinking and Writing
LAS331 Dynamics of Group Behavior
LAP340 Effective Interpersonal Relationships
LAS406 Leadership in a Changing World
LAP425 Mental Health
INT430 Methods of Inquiry in the Behavioral Sciences
LAS431 Managerial and Supervisory Behavior
LAS435 Senior Seminar; Integrating the Applied Behavioral Sciences

LAP509 Advanced Social Psychology
LAS515 Leadership and Organizational Change

Graduate PhD
LAS660 Advanced Leadership and Organizational Change

Areas of Expertise:

  • Leadership and Organizational Change Mentoring
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Women and Girl Empowerment


I have been a faculty member with National-Louis University since 2001 on a part-time basis and joined the faculty on a full-time basis in 2007. I have spent more than 20 years of my career in the Human Services field where I have been a counselor, advocate and a leader. Prior to joining the NLU faculty I spent 7 years as Program Director in the Intensive Rehabilitation Department for the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center. I graduated from the Applied Behavioral Sciences Program here at NLU in 1999; I continued my studies and received my doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University in 2006. My interest in leading effectively has been the driving force behind my education and career choices. I founded Girls of Grace Youth Center, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to equipping girls and young women with valuable leadership skills. I have always been committed to helping others advance and reach their fullest potential. This is my life's work.


Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, Argosy University
MA, Human Services Administration, Spertus College
BA, Applied Behavioral Sciences, National Louis University

Research and Interests:

I have published works in the areas of leadership and adult learning in accelerated programs. I am currently working on publications in empowerment and adolescent girls.

Contact Information:

Wytress Richardson, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Chair, Applied Behavioral Sciences

College Chair, Professional Studies and Advancement

Phone & Fax: 312-261-3425
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