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Community Psychology Alumni

Karen M. Lynch

Karen Lynch's passion and research is in positive aging, which is an arena that allows the merging of her interests in community psychology and positive psychology. Her dissertation quantified variables that lead to positive emotions in senior adults. With Dr. Fromm-Reed, she is currently presenting those findings at conferences. In conjunction with Dr. Fromm-Reed and Dr. Olson, she is working toward publication of her findings. Karen and her husband, Kevin, are the 'Ks' in the consulting firm of K2 Possibilities, LLC. She consults in the field of positive aging with the goal of empowering senior adults. Lynch serves on the board of School and Tutors on Wheels, a non-profit corporation focused on adult literacy in underserved populations. She teaches English literacy for the Congregation of St. Joseph in LaGrange and is an adjunct professor in the psychology department at National Louis University. Lynch has a background in journalism and has worked in the community newspaper business as a columnist and editor. She has a bachelor of arts in education (with minors in English and journalism) from Baylor University, a master of arts in psychology and a doctorate in community psychology from National Louis University. Lynch is an Illinois-certified teacher. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27), the Midwestern Psychological Association, and the American Society on Aging. "The psychology department at National Louis is unique," she notes. "It is the only university in the Chicago area that offers this type of community-psychology program with the opportunity to conduct research in the field of your choice. Also, the cohort-model facilitates bonding among classmates -- who represent a diverse population -- thereby enabling cross-cultural communication while studying community psychology."


    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
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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
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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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