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Sandra Lema Stern

Professor

Areas of Focus: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness

Phone: 847-969-4942

Email: sstern@argosy.edu

Degrees

  • Ph.D. August, 1979. Psychology (Experimental emphasis) Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
  • M.S. June, 1977. Psychology Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
  • B.A. August, 1975. Psychology Indiana University at South Bend, Indiana.

Biography

Sandra Lema-Stern, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and one of the original core faculty members of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg. She received both her PhD and master's degree in Psychology (Experimental emphasis) from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Lema-Stern has extensive graduate teaching experience and has taught at Barat College, Northwestern University, and Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, as well as the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She currently focuses her teaching on cognitive-behavioral therapy, intervention seminars, mindfulness, and statistics and research design. In addition to her academic activities, Dr. Lema-Stern has extensive clinical experience through private practice, providing therapy for individuals, couples, and groups. She served on the Illinois Partner Abuse Intervention Committee that oversees domestic abuse intervention programs, and she developed, along with Dr. James Dugo, one of the first programs to be in compliance with state protocol for treatment of batterers. Dr. Lema-Stern’s other professional interests include group processes, group development, and group therapy, the areas where much of her research has been focused. Dr. Lema-Stern also has developed workshops and graduate courses in mindfulness and its personal, professional, and clinical applications.

Expertise

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Statistics and Research Methodology
  • Group Processes and Group Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness

Memberships

  • American Psychological Association; Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy; Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

Selected Lectures

  • Lema Stern, S. (1989). From self evaluation to college wide planning: The evolution of a planning committee. In A collection of papers on self study and institutional

Selected Lectures

  • Dugo, J. & Lema-Stern, S. (May, 2016). Training Students to Lead Psychotherapy Groups When Diversity is the Norm. An invited presentation at the 4th Annual Conference of the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT). Chicago.
  • Lema-Stern, S. & Barrette, L. (April, 2016). Mindfulness and Spirituality: Finding your compassionate heart. A two-day retreat sponsored by Unity Northwest Church. Des Plaines, IL.
  • Dugo, J., & Lema-Stern, S. (April, 2014). The context of group therapy: Maximizing alliance, individual outcome, and group development. In Lema-Stern, S. (Chair) The context of group therapy. A symposium to be presented at the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration Conference, Montreal.
  • Lema-Stern, S. and Dugo, J. (May, 2012). Integrating Research and Treatment for Domestic Violence Offenders. In J. Dugo (Chair), Improving a Domestic Violence Offenders Program by Integrating Multiple Perspectives and the Results of Process Research. Symposium at the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration XXVII Annual Conference. Evanston, IL.

Selected Presentations

  • Brese, J. & Lema-Stern, S. (April, 2014). Alliance and group leadership roles. In Lema-Stern, S. (Chair) The context of group therapy. A symposium to be presented at the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration Conference, Montreal.
  • Lexell, O. & Lema-Stern, S. (May, 2012). Group Therapy Process Factors that Influence Change in Domestic Violence Male Offenders. In J. Dugo (Chair), Improving a Domestic Violence Offenders Program by Integrating Multiple Perspectives and the Results of Process Research. Symposium at the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration XXVII Annual Conference. Evanston, IL.
  • Lema-Stern, S. and Dugo, J. (January, 2012) Treating the Resistant Client. Presentation at the Northwest Suburban Internship Consortium of Argosy University. Schaumburg, IL.
  • Miller, G. G., Juzwin, K R., & Lema-Stern, S. (October, 2011). The Importance of the Psychological Interview and Going Beyond the Instrument Data: A Case Study of Multiple Interviews of a Law Enfocement Candidate. The 37th Annual Conference of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology. Chicago, IL.
  • Anderson, R., Kukoleck, K., Lema-Stern, S. & Gralewski, C. (April, 2011). Factors Affecting Older Adults’ Perceived Experiences of Positive and Negative Ageism. Presentation at the 2011 Aging in America Conference, Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging, San Francisco, CA.
  • Welch, M., Dodzik, P., Williams, R., Lema-Stern, S., Miles, E., Wood, N., Costantino, C. (March, 2011). Effects of Pharmacological Interventions on Dementia Rating Scale -2 Scores in Elderly Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Dementia. Poster presented at the American College of Professional Neuropsychology, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Welch, M., Dodzik, P., Williams, R., Lema-Stern, S., Miles, E., Wood, N., Costantino, C. (March, 2011). Effects of Pharmacological Interventions on the Repeatable Battery of Neuropsychological Status Scores in Elderly Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Dementia. Poster presented at the American College of Professional Neuropsychology, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Dugo J. and Lema-Stern, S. (June, 2009). Working with Angry and Aggressive Offenders. Workshop for the Illinois Department of Corrections. Correctional Psychology Training Program. Starved Rock Conference, Starved Rock, IL.

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