Meet The Specialists
Lauren McNeela is a graduate student at Northern Illinois University’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Lauren received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University in April of 2020. She has previously worked as a mental health counselor at Northwest Community Hospital Behavioral Health Center in Arlington Heights, IL and has experience providing assessments and therapy for children, adults, and families at the Psychological Services Center at NIU. In the summers of 2018 and 2019, Lauren provided therapeutic intervention for children and adolescents with Selective Mutism at the Adventure Camp program of Advanced Therapeutic Solutions. Her prior clinical practicum focused on providing comprehensive neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients at Thomson Memory Center in Hoffman Estates and Algonquin, IL.
Lauren’s therapeutic approach is rooted in a cognitive-behavioral framework while pulling from other empirically-supported modalities including acceptance and commitment therapy. She has experience diagnosing and treating depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, behavior disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning and developmental disorders, and intellectual disability.
Continuing her clinical training as an extern at Susan Myket, Ph.D. & Associates, Lauren is excited to promote positive changes among children, adolescents, and families. Her research focuses on childhood stress, the development of psychopathology, as well as contextual factors that influence these relationships. In her free time, Lauren enjoys playing the piano, spending time with family and friends, and traveling to new places.