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Cari Stevenson, Ph.D.


Adjunct Faculty

Programs/Classes Taught:

M.S. in Human Resource Management and Development
M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

   HRM520 Performance Analysis and Management
   HRM521 Talent Acquisition and Retention
   OBD515 Training and Development
   OBD533 Organizational Effectiveness and Development
   LAP516 Research Design
   LAP517 Psyc Stats, Design and Analysis
   LAP528 Survey of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
   LAP533 Measurement of Individual Differences 

Areas of Expertise:

Sense of community and empowerment
Student support systems in higher education
Service dogs and accessibility


Dr. Cari Stevenson so thoroughly enjoyed the National Louis University Community Psychology doctoral program that she chose to stay on as adjunct faculty after completing her doctorate. She is a full-time tenured psychology professor at Kankakee Community College where she also coordinates the Campus Mental Health program as well as support programming for student veterans. In addition to research involving veteran support, she is studying public perception of service dogs as well as outcomes among veterans with PTSD paired with service dogs.

Stevenson holds a Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and has nearly 15 years of experience in Human Resources and consulting within organizations ranging from small, family run to Fortune 500 companies. As an I/O consultant, she assisted companies in establishing HR infrastructure such as job descriptions, performance evaluation tools, and compensation systems.


  • Ph.D. Community Psychology, National Louis University
  • M.S. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Illinois State University
  • B.A. Psychology, Illinois Wesleyan University

Research and Interests:

Dr. Stevenson is interested in factors such as sense of community, resilience, and empowerment that buffer against disempowering influences such as stigma, inequity, and prejudice. She is most interested in exploring the interrelationship between sense of community, sense of purpose, and empowerment particularly in underserved and underrepresented communities.

Contact Information:

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