Lori Russell-Chapin

Lori Russell-Chapin

Co-Director for the Center for Collaborative Brain Research, Professor

    Westlake Hall 336
    (309) 677-3186


Ph.D., Counselor Education from the University of Wyoming
M.S. Counseling Education - Eastern Montana College
B.S. Psychology and Teaching - University of Wyoming


I am a tenure track Full Professor in the Department of Education, Counseling and Leadership at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. I also codirector for the Center for Collaborative Brain Research (CCBR), a partnership among OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and the Illinois Neurological Institute, and was awarded the American Mental Health Counseling Association’s (AMHCA) Counselor Educator of the Year, American Counseling Association (ACA) Trailblazer Award for Neurocounseling and the distinction of an ACA Fellow.

I truly enjoy teaching all of our graduate courses, but some of my favorites are Neurocounseling; Brain-based Approaches; Crisis Intervention and Grief and Loss. Each of these are taught from a neurocounseling perspective that bridges the brain to behaviors.

Professional Experience

  • Professor-Bradley University Peoria, Illinois (2000-present)
  • Co-director of the Center for Collaborative Brain Research (2010-present)
  • Associate Dean and Graduate Studies Coordinator Bradley-College of Education & Health Sciences (2004-2016)
  • Chairperson- Department of Educational, Counseling and Leadership-Bradley University (1989-2000)
  • Associate Professor (1994)
  • Assistant Professor and Coordinator-Bradley University, Human Development Counseling (1987-1993)
  • Chapin & Russell Associates-Peoria, IL (1987-present)


Honors-27 Awards since 1994
Current/Selected Honors:

  • 2020 American Counseling Association Fellow
  • 2020 Women in Leadership Award/WMBD Peoria
  • 2018 Joan L. Sattler EHS Teaching Award for the College of Education and Health Sciences
  • 2017 American Counseling Association Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award
  • 2013 Illinois Counselor Educators & Supervisors Counselor Educator of the Year
  • 2013 National AMHCA Linda Seligman Outstanding Counselor Educator for the Year
  • 2012 Samuel Rothberg Award for Excellence in Research-Bradley University
  • 2010 Thelma Duffy National Creativity in Counseling Award
  • 1994 Putnam Award for Outstanding Teaching-Bradley University

Consultant/Presenter- over 320 presentations(selected)

North America: Keynotes and workshops at numerous organizations such as ACA, ACES, ACPA, ISNR, AMHCA, ICA with topics such as neurocounseling, emotional safety and physiological self-regulation, understanding diversity, integrating neurocounseling into clinical supervision, using neurofeedback and QEEGs in counseling.

  • The Need for Social Engagement in This New COVID Era: How Intentionality and Neurocounseling strengthen the Active Listening Process. Mind Media/Coherentdigital, July, 2020, online, https://coherentdigital.net/events
  • The Neuro-informed Clinical Supervisor. ACES, October, 2019, Seattle, WA
  • Neurofeedback: Theta/Alpha/Gamma Synchrony Training. ISNR, September, 2019, Denver, CO
  • The importance of visually inspecting raw EEG data. ISNR. September, 2018, Glendale, AZ
  • Trauma and the Uses of Neurocounseling. ACA March, 2018, Atlanta, GA

International: Workshops at E-ACA, International Educational Exchange and International Higher Education in France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Greece, England, Switzerland and Mexico on topics such as clinical supervision, neurocounseling and diversity

  • Visiting Professor to Universidad Iberoamerican, Mexico City, Mexico, February 17-27, 2016. Taught a two-semester hour graduate course on neurocounseling to graduate psychology students.
  • The Use of Activating Events: Teaching Diversity, Rhodes, Greece, July 2005
  • Moving to the Future: Innovations in Counselor Field Experience and Supervision, May, 2002, London, England.

Business: Presentations at hospitals, medical schools, banks, universities, Caterpillar, Inc., chemical and manufacturing companies on issues such as diversity, conflict resolution, communications and brain health.

  • Brain health. Peoria Speech and Hearing Association, Peoria, February, 2019.
  • Understanding Diversity CEFCU-credit union, Peoria, March 2005.
  • Keynote speaker on Conflict for American Council on Education for Women Leaders I in Higher Education, Chicago, April, 2000.

Publications-12 books published; one in two languages; 61 articles-26 referred; 7 book chapters;14 creative productions

Current books:

  • Russell-Chapin, L.A., Pacheco, N. & DeFord, J. (2021). (Eds.). Practical neurocounseling:
    Connecting brain functions to real therapy interventions. Routledge.
  • Russell-Chapin, L.A. & Chapin, T. (2020). Integrating neuroounseling in clinical supervision:
    Strategies for success. Routledge.
  • Fields, T., Jones, L. & Russell-Chapin, L. (2017). (Eds). Neurocounseling: Brain-based clinical
    approaches. American Counseling Association.
  • Russell-Chapin, L., Sherman, N. & Ivey, A. (2016). Your supervised practicum and internship: Field
    resources turning theory into action. (2nd ed.) Routledge.

Current online articles: Selected

  • Healthline, August, 2019
    What You Need to Know about Smoking and your Brain
  • The Neuropsychotherapist, June, 2019
    Where and Now?
  • International Business Times, May, 2019
    Rethinking Suicide: How Traumatic Brain Injuries Contribute
  • Medical Daily, March, 2019
    Rethinking Suicide: How Traumatic Brain Injuries Contribute
  • Fatherly, January, 2019
    Turn a Stubborn Toddler into a Helper with These Magic Words.
  • The Neuropsychotherapist, online magazine, January, 2018 Australia
    Seasonal Affective Disorder: SAD, Dr. Lori Ann Russell Chapin in conversation with Richard Hill
    (need a password to access)

Current magazine articles:

  • Russell-Chapin, L. & Chapin, T. (2019). The neuro-informed clinical supervisor. December, Counseling Today, American Counseling Association.

Current Book Chapters:

  • Russell-Chapin, L. & Chapin, T. (2021). Voices from the field: Neuro-informed clinical supervision.
    In Corey, C., Haynes, R., Moulton, P. & Muratori. Clinical supervision in the helping
    professions: A practical guide. American Counseling Association.
  • Russell-Chapin, L.A. (2020). Basic concepts of neuroscience in counseling and counselor education.
    In M.O. Adekson (Ed). The Handbook of Counseling and Counselor Education. New York, NY:
  • Russell-Chapin, L.A. & Chapin, T. (2019). Neuroscience and the brain: What mental health counselors
    need to know. In J.C. Watson & M.K. Schmit (Eds). Introduction to Clinical Mental Health
    Counselors: Contemporary Issues (305-335), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Licensures and Certifications

  • Board Certified in Neurofeedback
  • Diplomate – Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Trauma Counseling
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor-IL
  • National Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • National Certified Counselor
  • NBCC Approved Clinical Supervisor
  • Family Mediator
  • Rational Emotive Therapy Certificate
  • Child Development Associate; Education Specialist-WY
  • School Psychologist-IL
  • School Counselor-WY