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Chris Stout, PsyD, MBA, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Chris Stout is a licensed clinical psychologist and has a diverse background in various domains. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Global Initiatives (CenterForGlobalInitiatives.org) which was ranked as a Top Healthcare Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.org (2011). His entrepreneurial experience is demonstrated in multiple start-ups that include the areas of financial management, healthcare centers, engineering, two dot-coms, real estate, and executive coaching (with a top-tier client list that includes Oracle). He also is a Clinical Full Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry; an Advisory Board Member to the College of Medicine’s Center for Global Health; a Fellow in the School of Public Health Leadership Institute, and is a Core Faculty at the International Center on Responses to Catastrophes at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He also holds an academic appointment in the Northwestern University Feinberg Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ Mental Health Services and Policy Program, and was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Health Systems Management at Rush University. He served as a Non-Governmental Organization Special Representative to the United Nations. He was appointed by the Secretary of the US Department of Commerce to the Board of Examiners for the Baldrige National Quality Award. He is on the Advisory Board of the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, and numerous other organizations. He holds the distinction of being one of only 100 world-wide leaders appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow 2000 – joining the ranks of Tony Blair, Jody Foster, Bill Gates, R. J. Rowling, and Lance Armstrong, and he was an Invited Faculty at the Annual Meeting in Davos. He was invited by the Club de Madrid and Safe-Democracy to serve on the Madrid-11 Countering Terrorism Task Force. He is the founder of GordianKnot, LLC, an executive leadership consultancy and he currently runs Research and Development for a national sports and rehabilitation medicine organization with $300M in annual revenues.
Dr. Stout is a Fellow in three Divisions of the American Psychological Association, past-President of the Illinois Psychological Association, and is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. He was appointed as a Special (Citizen) Ambassador and Delegation Leader to South Africa and Eastern Europe by the Eisenhower Foundation. He serves as Acquisitions Editor for the Journal of Disability Medicine, and is the Series Editor of Contemporary Psychology (Praeger) and “Getting Started” (Wiley & Sons). He produced the critically acclaimed four volume set The Psychology of Terrorism and more recently, the highly praised and award–winning three volume set, The New Humanitarians, and is an Amazon.com Best Selling Author (reaching a #11 ranking). Additionally, he has published or presented over 300 papers and 30 books/manuals on various topics in psychology, including the popular Evidence-Based Practice (Wiley & Sons, 2005, with R. Hayes). His works have been translated into 8 languages. He has lectured across the nation and internationally in over 20 countries, and visited 6 continents and over 80 countries. He was noted as being “one of the most frequently cited psychologists in the scientific literature” in a study by Hartwick College. He is the 2004 winner of the American Psychological Association’s International Humanitarian Award, the 2006 recipient of the Illinois Psychological Association’s Humanitarian Award, the 2008 recipient of the Psychologists for Social Responsibility’s Humanitarian Award, and the 2009 winner of APA’s Division on International Psychology’s Outstanding Psychologist Award. He is an inaugural Inductee into both his high school’s and Purdue University’s Hall of Fame.
He has served as Chief of Psychology, Director of Research, and Senior VP of an integrated behavioral healthcare system during a 15 year tenure. He served as Illinois’ first Chief of Psychological Services for the Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health–having made him the highest ranking psychologist in the State of Illinois and a committed reformer of psychology within the governmental setting. He also served as Chief Clinical Information Officer for the State’s Division of Mental Health in 2004 – a Cabinet-level position. He is the first psychologist to have an invited appointment to the Lake County Board of Health. The breadth of his work ranges from having served as a judge for Dean Kamen’s FIRST Robotics competitions, to serving on the Young Leaders Forum of the Chicago Community Trust. His humanitarian activities include going on international missions with the Flying Doctors of America to Vietnam, Rwanda, Peru, and the Amazon; War Child in Russia; having worked with the Kovler Center (for Refugee Survivors of Torture), Amnesty International, RWJ Foundation, the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, and Psychologists for Social Responsibility. He founded a kindergarten for AIDS orphaned children in Tanzania and continues as a consultant. He also was a delegate at the State of the World Forum in Belfast. He is a signatory to the UN’s 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He is the inventor of the “52 Ways to Change the World” card deck. He is listed in Fast Co.’s Global Fast 50 nominees and in TED Conferences Founder Richard Saul Wurman’s “Who’s Really Who, 1000: The Most Creative Individuals in America.” He currently serves on the Illinois Disaster Mental Health Coalition, the Medical Reserve Corp, and he is a member of the APA Disaster Response Network. He has won awards for public service announcements he’s written and produced as well as for his photography—one was displayed in the Smithsonian.
Dr. Stout was educated at Purdue, The University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, and Forest Institute, gaining over twenty-four awards and four scholarships; including, the Purdue Distinguished Academic Performance Award, the Purdue Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, and Valedictorian of his doctoral class. He obtained post-doctoral experience at Harvard Medical School as a Fellow in neuro-developmental behavioral pediatrics. He was awarded “Distinguished Alumni of the Year from Purdue University” in 1991, Federal Advocacy awards from AAP (1997) and APA (1998), APA’s Heiser Award (1999), and IPA’s Distinguished Psychologist of the Year (1999) in addition to over 30 other post-doctoral awards.
He has been interviewed on many radio, cable, local, and national television programs (e.g., CNBC, CNN, WGN, NBC, PBS, NPR, Medical Rounds, Chicago Tonight, CL-TV, Oprah, Eye On Harvard, Christina, Bertise Berry, et al), and by numerous publications (Time, Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Women’s Day, Modern Healthcare, Associated Press, Child Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Windy City Sports, NorthShore Magazine, Monitor on Psychology, …). He coined the term “Emmortality” and numerous registered service-marks. He was an American Delegate and presenter at the 1st International Conference on Unconventional Computing. A unique and distinct honor was his being named one of ten Volunteer’s of the Year by Pioneer Press in 1999, for his global efforts, and both the Senate and House similarly recognized his work by proclamation of “Dr. Chris E. Stout Week.”
His current interests are in the multidisciplinary aspects of global psychology and healthcare, complex systems, evidence-based practice, and battling mediocrity. He’s an avid endurance- and adventure-sportsman as an ultra-marathon runner, certified diver (Blue Hole, Great Barrier Reef, narco- and shark-dives), and an devoted (albeit amateur) alpinist, having thus far summited 3 of the world’s 7 Summits as well as Mt. Whitney (tallest in 49 states), Mt. Rainier, Yosemite’s Half-Dome, and he founded SummitsForOthers.org, much of which is documented in his forthcoming book “A Life In Full: The List of A Lifetime.” He also shows concours-winning vintage BMW motorcycles and Porsches as well as builds custom café racers, but his greatest joy comes from being with his best friend and wife, Dr. Karen Beckstrand and their two children, Grayson and Annika.
APA International Humanitarian Award Winner
Citation: “For his tireless pioneering of cross-disciplinary projects world-wide, in healthcare, medical education and sciences, human rights, poverty, conflict, policy, sustainable development, diplomacy, and terrorism, all of which result in a tapestry with psychology serving as the integrating thread, we honor Dr. Chris Edward Stout. He is a rare individual who takes risks, stimulates new ideas, and enlarges possibilities in areas of great need but few resources. He is able to masterfully navigate between the domains of policy development while also rolling-up his sleeves to provide in-the-trenches care. His drive and vigor are disguised by his quick humor and ever-present kindness. He is provocative in his ideas and evocative in spirit. His creative solutions and inclusiveness crosses conceptual boundaries as well physical borders. No one is more deserving of this highest recognition than our esteemed colleague, Dr. Chris Edward Stout, whose work and impact spans the globe.”
International Psychology’s Rock Star
Monitor on Psychology, December 2007, Vol 38, No. 11, page 41
It’s the rare psychologist who gets to trade intellectual bon mots with international luminaries such as Bono, Al Gore, Tony Blair, both Clintons and Steve Jobs. But, after Chris E. Stout, PsyD, was named one of the World Economic Forum’s 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow in 2000–a group of world leaders under age 40 who have demonstrated socially responsible leadership—he was invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, for three years running.
“You never really know why you get invited,” jokes Stout. “My impression was that it was a mistake.”
But there’s no mistaking Stout’s passion for integrating psychology with public health around the world. Since the early ’90s, Stout has been bringing health and psychological assistance to children and families in countries such as Vietnam, Rwanda and Peru. Building on his former work as a child psychologist, his involvement in global health projects, the time he spent at the United Nations as part of APA’s nongovernmental organization and the connections he made in Davos, Stout founded the Center for Global Initiatives in 2004 to train health-care professionals and students to create sustainable programs.
“We develop projects that can be handed off to locals,” says Stout. The center’s projects have included establishing a kindergarten in Tanzania for children orphaned by AIDS and providing health care to families living in Bolivian prisons. Most recently, Stout brought a group of nurses, physicians and other health professionals to the center to design a project to train groups of Cambodian villagers in basic emergency medicine and first aid that can be used to stabilize injured people until they can get to a hospital.
Stout has further plans for the Bolivian prisons, where inmates’ children live and go to school when there’s no one else on the outside to care for them. The teachers there have no resources, so Stout is assembling child-friendly psychological and resiliency materials, children’s books and parenting information. He plans to use center funds to send interested psychology grad students to the prisons to train the teachers to incorporate the materials.
Not as glamorous as Davos, but exactly where Stout wants to be.