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Myra Lawrence





  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 1987.
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1966.


Myra Lawrence, Ph.D., is a Professor and coordinator of the Child and Adolescent concentration at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago (ISPP, Chicago). With over 30 years of clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults, she draws upon psychodynamic and developmental perspectives to understand therapeutic interactions. Dr. Lawrence is the Executive and Clinical Director of Shared Vision, a not-for-profit corporation which implements school-based and after school programs and a pediatric psychology program emphasizing health psychology for children with a chronic medical illness. MA and Psy.D. students participate in these programs as practicum, internship and postdoctoral fellowship trainees, many implementing interventions as part of their clinical research papers. In 1996, Dr. Lawrence won the annual Humanitarian Award from the Illinois Psychological Association and her clinical interests include program development, consultation and supervision, school-based mental health services, pediatric health psychology and alternative healing. She teaches courses in Child & Adolescent Development, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Intervention & Prevention Program Development, Projective Assessment, and diagnostic and therapy seminars.


  • Attachment issues in development, parenting and foster/adoptive parenting.
  • Narrative Storytelling [to resolve trauma, promote attachment, facilitate interpersonal attunement, etc.
  • Adoption, Cross-Cultural Adoption.
  • Clinical Prevention & Intervention Program Development and Evaluation.

Selected Publications

  • Lawrence, Myra M., and Jacobi, Kathryn S., 1997, "Collaboration in a School-Based Intervention Program", National Council of School and Programs of Professional Psychology. NCSPP 1997 Midwinter Conference on "Collaboration and Integration for Professional Psychology: New Roles and Models". Pre-conference Papers. January 21 ? 25, 201-211.
  • Leifer, M., Cairns, N.U., Connors, M.E., Lawrence, M. M., Gruenhut, P., Womack, A., Evans, H. L. and Downing, D. L., 1995, "Illinois School of Professional Psychology Predoctoral Minor in Sexual Abuse", Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol. 26, No. 3, 252 ? 256.
  • Lawrence, Myra M., and Goggin, Kathy P., 1990, "Interactional Processes in Supervision: A Synopsis", The Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology: Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 3 - 4.
  • Lawrence, M., Condon, K., Jacobi, K., and Nicholson, E., (2006). "Play Therapy Techniques Treating Social Aggression". In Schaefer, C. and Kadusen, (Eds.). Contemporary Play Therapy. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Lawrence, M. M., and Jacobi, K.S. (2005). The Playfulness of Storytelling: A Manual of Interactive Techniques. Oak Brook, Il. Shared Vision, Inc.


  • American Psychological Association (APA.
  • Association for Play Therapy.
  • Illinois Association for Play Therapy.
  • Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health.
  • ATTACh(Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children).


  • Parenting and Attachment: Managing Cultural & Social Media Influences, Hawthorne Magnet School Chicago, IL May 2011.
  • Raising Securely Attached Children: Challenges and Possibilities, Oak Park Women's Guild Oak Park, IL, April 2011.
  • Play therapy: Sandtray work in Therapy & Supervision, Tri-City Mental Health Center, East Chicago, IN, March 2011.
  • Play Therapy: Using Sandtray in Supervision, Jewish Child & Family Services, Northbrook, IL, February 2011.
  • Facilitating Attachment through Storytelling: The Relationship between Neuroscience, Attachment and Narrative Storytelling, Kentucky Psychological Association, Louisville, KY, May 2010.