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The Chicago School Research Forum


What is The Chicago School Research Forum?

Historically, The Chicago School campuses have offered the Graduate Research Forum, which is an annual conference focusing on student research and professional development specifically for our graduate student population. With an increase in our undergraduate student population, we are happy to announce that this event will now be called The Chicago School Research Forum and will be open to students across all academic levels (Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral)

The goal of the Student Research Forum is to connect students with other members of the campus community to foster collaboration and further the sharing and development of ideas. The Student Research Forum emphasizes the interconnectedness of research and practice to provide students with practical experience with poster presentations.

Why should students participate in the Research Forum?

From classroom experience to service learning to dissertation research, The Chicago School students are continually engaged in work that both informs and is informed by research. The Student Research Forum provides an opportunity for students to:

  • Communicate research projects at different stages of development—from formulating a research question to presenting completed research – in an inclusive school setting
  • Address direct questions about their research project to enhance critical thinking skills
  • Increase speaking and writing skills to utilize at future professional conferences
  • Revitalize résumé or CV with presentation experience to increase marketability during the job search process

The Student Research Forum is an opportunity for all current Chicago School students to get experience in research. Additionally, prizes will be awarded to the top 3 participants with the highest scores for their research projects!

When is the Student Research Forum?

This year's Student Research Forum will be taking place virtually at All campuses will hold their virtual Student Research Forum asynchronously with faculty judging taking place Monday, June 17th – Sunday, June 30th. Chicago location students will also have the opportunity to participate in person on June 18th

Additionally, depending on student interest, other locations may offer an additional in-person opportunity to present your research! More details to come on this.

When are the deadlines and requirements to participate?

Students will be asked to subm​it an abstract​​ of their research project before being accepted to participate. If their research project is accepted to the Student Research Forum, participants will be asked to create a digital poster and a 3-5 minute video narrative that will be uploaded to the Student Research Forum website for judging.​

Please take note of the following deadlines in order to participate in your campus' Student Research Forum:

  • Friday, May 10: ​Application due
  • Friday, May 31: Digital posters/presentation videos due
  • Tuesday, June 18 – Sunday, June 30: The Chicago School Research Forum virtual judging

Check out the "Submission Guidelines" tab for more information about submitting an abstract to participate in this year's Student Research Forum!

If you have any questions regarding the Student Research Forum or your poster submission, please contact: [email protected].

 Submission Guidelines

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Students are asked to submit an abstract​​ of their research project before being accepted to participate. If their research project is accepted to the Student Research Forum, participants will be asked to create a digital poster and a 3-5 minute video narrative that will be uploaded to the Student Research Forum website for judging.

Submissions are made online using the The Chicago School Student Research Forum Application. Click HERE to access the application. Students must apply to be a part of this year's Student Research Forum by Friday, May 10.

All submissions must include:

  • Title of the presentation

  • Name(s) of the researcher(s) presenting and departmental affiliation(s)

  • 3 keywords that best describe the research

  • Methodology used (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, etc.)

  • Abstract of 250-300 words.

  • Thesis or Dissertation Chair (if applicable)

Students interested in participating in the Student Research Forum are encouraged to review projects from previous years to see the virtual projects you'll be asked to complete if your submission is accepted. You can view virtual submissions from previous years' Graduate Research Forums HERE.​

 Presenter Resources

Presenter Resources

The Graduate Research Forum Committee has gathered resources to assist you in preparing an abstract, as well as creating and presenting your poster or oral presentation.

Student Research Forum Presenter Resources

digital posters / video narratives 

Digital Poster and Video Narrative Guidelines - Student Research Forum (2).pdf

The chicago school Writing Center 

​The Writing Center is offering several webinars to assist you with preparing for the GRF.  Please visit the Writing Center Website for more information.​ 

The chicago school Templates

Click the links below to down The Chicago School's poster and presentation templates.

 Previous Winners

Previous Winners

Here are the winners from previous years' events: 

2021 VIRTUAL Graduate research forum FINALISTS




​SOuthern california Campuses​

​2020 National virtual grf winners

2020 Virtual GRF finalists

DC Campus



​southern california campuses

2018 Winners​

​Chicago Campus

Michael Nutt, Clinical Psychology, Psy.D.
Poster Titled: “Come Here and See” Using PhotoVoice to Understand Youth Perceptions of Growing up with Community Violence

Deonna Kitwana, Clinical Psychology, Psy. D
Poster Titled:  “Tough Love: A Grounded Theory Study the Explores the Impact of Historical Oppression on African American Mother-Daughter Relationships & Perception of Mothers in the Black Family”

Kathryn Paul, Clinical Psychology, Psy. D
Poster Titled: “Making a Terrorist: Psychology Risk Factors in the Recruitment of Female Suicide-Homicide Bombers”

Kathleen Carroll-Wray, Clinical Psychology, Psy.D
Poster Titled: “Program Development: School Based Yoga Interventions for Elementary School Aged Children with High Functioning Autism”

Ronald Love, Clinical Psychology, Psy. D
Poster Titled: “Changing Our Narrative: A Program Development that Provides Clinical Intervention and Community Services to African American Male Adolescents Exposed to Community Violence”

Ethan Swift, Clinical Psychology, Psy. D
Poster Titled: “My Gender is “F*ck it”: A Cultural Exploration of Gender Anarchy in the United States’ Transgender Communities”

Meghan Chapman, Clinical Psychology, Psy. D
Poster Titled: “Internet Use, Burnout, and Self-Care”

Kat Jones, Clinical Psychology, Psy. D
Poster Titled: “Sub-Fems: An Exploration of the Intersectionality of Empowerment Through Submissive Identity, Grounded in Feminist Theory. A Qualitative Study Exploring the Felt Sense of Empowerment that is Gained Through Submissive Identity Within the Kink Community”

Sarah Pekoc, Clinical Psychology, Psy. D
Poster Titled: “The Traumatic Effects of Cultural and Familial Oppression on Children with Problematic Sexual Behaviors and Treatment”

Washington D.C. Campus

Marylin Marquez-Orellana, International Psychology, PhD
Poster Titled: “Psychological functioning and resiliency in survivors of the Salvadorian civil war massacre of El Mozote, Morazan” 

Meerim Shakirova, International Psychology, PhD
Poster Titled: “Behavior change of local community members through capacity building learning activities on use and management of forest resources in Cote d’Ivoire”  

Ayaba Sedjro, Forensic Psychology, MA
Poster Titled: “The Cycle of Abuse Amongst Juvenile Offenders”   

​​​Southern California Campuses

​​Nemetria Wilson, Clinical Psychology, Psy.D
Poster Titled: “Sexuality Education for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: A Staff Training”

Heidi Ramirez, Forensic Psychology, Psy.D
Poster Titled: “The Effects of Human Animal Interaction in Assessing the Changes of Negative Thinking Patterns, Emotional Intelligence and Empathy with At-Risk Youth”

Elijah Morrow, Forensic Psychology, Psy.D
Poster Titled: “Cognitive and Affective Empathy in Sexual Offenders: A Meta-Analysis”

Online Campus

Robin Arnall,  Applied  Behavior Analysis, PhD 
Poster Titled: “Stimulus Equivalence using Non-Visual Stimuli”  

Archana Rajareddy, Applied Behavior Analysis, M.S.
Poster Titled: “The Effect of SAFMEDS to Increase Fluency of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Terms Among Medical Students and Physician Assistant Students” 

James Moore, Organizational Leadership, PhD
Poster Titled: “Understanding the Needs of Mentors in Faculty Mentoring Programs” 

Melody Brown, Master of Public Health 
Poster Titled: “Examining the Relationship Between Mass Shootings and State Firearm Provisions, 2014-2017.”

2017 Winners

Chicago Campus

Michele Hanhapl, Clinical Psychology, PsyD
Poster Titled: “Female Preadolescents' Receptivity to Maternal Social Coaching as Moderated by Attachment Style”

Natalie Nordlund and Briana Naseer, School Psychology 
Poster Titled: “Using the Systems Problem-Solving Consultation Model to Facilitate School Change”

Katelyn Moriah Smith-Bresky, Clinical Psychology, PsyD
Poster Titled: “Attachment Narrative Therapy in a Parent Group”

Washington DC Campus

Jamie Reedy, International Psychology PhD
Poster Titled: “Pediatric Oncology Parental/Caregiver Training in Play Therapy Techniques”

Rosalind Rogers, International Psychology PhD
Poster Titled: “Intergenerational Trauma among Afghan Refugees in Canada”

Ta-Keisha Smith and Claire Perkins, Clinical Psychology PsyD
Poster Titled: “Infertility, Family Planning, and Psychological Distre

Southern Califor​nia Cam​puses

Katherine Kelly, Clinical Psychology, PsyD 
Poster Titled: “Explorations of Unconscious Millisecond Timing in the Self-Disturbances of Schizophrenia”

Charles Scrantom, Clinical Psychology, PsyD 
Poster Titled: “Relationships Between Horizontal Gratitude, Vertical Gratitude, Subjective Well-being, and Spiritual Well-being in the Sheltered Homeless”

Adam Stoker, Psychology MA 
Poster Titled: “Gay and Persian: A Qualitative Study Investigating Levels of Familial Support in Iranian-American Gay Men”

Online Campus

Robin Arnall, Applied Behavior Analysis PhD
Poster Titled: “Using TAGTeach to Increase Skill Acquisition of Dance Movements”

Jennifer Quigley, Applied Behavior Analysis PhD
Poster Titled: “A Comparison of Modeling, Prompting, and a Multi-Component for Teaching Play Skills to Children with Developmental Disabilities”

Angela Swain, Business Psychology 
Poster Titled: “The Relationship between Managers' Emotional Intelligence and Employee Voice”​​