Lorna H. London, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Training

LornH. London, Ph.D.

Midwestern University 
College of Health Sciences
Clinical Psychology Program
Alumni Hall, #350D
555 31st St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Office: (630) 515-7498

e-mail: llondo@midwestern.edu  


B.S.    Psychology, University of Iowa, 1989
Ph.D.  Clinical-Community Psychology,  University of South Carolina, 1995  


Scientific field you are interested in

My research interests span to different, yet important, areas.  I have long been interested in psychological issues related to cultural diversity.  In particular, I am interested in understanding children's cultural attitudes and finding ways to promote greater cultural acceptance and reduce stereotyping attitudes and behaviors.  Through the Kids College: A Kaleidoscope of Cultures program, I am interested in seeing how multicultural education can provide children with interactive experiences that will allow them to adopt a worldview that will prepare them to have healthy relationships in our ever-changing world. Another area of research involves learning about the role that psychologists play in integrated care models.  In order to work collaboratively to provide holistic care, it is important to understand the proposed models of integrated care and learn which models work best to meet the needs of physicians, psychologists and patients.  Through survey research, it is my goal to inform the scientific and lay community about the types of models that are preferred by our communities and work to implement these models so that they may meet the healthcare needs of patients.

Research projects

Project I:  Kids College is based on attitude change models of contact theory (Allport, 1954; Amir, 1969) and cooperative learning theory (DeVries, Edwards & Slavin, 1978).  Contact theory proposes that intergroup contact produces positive intergroup attitudes and relations.  Cooperative learning theory showed that intergroup cooperation, compared to intergroup competition, promoted less disagreement among children (Johnson & Johnson, 1982). Together, these theories guide the mission of Kids College, to promote positive multicultural attitudes, behaviors & relationships.  Students are invited to join this project, either as a clerkship, or as a member of our research team. Information about the Kids College program may be found by clicking the following link:  drlornalondon.com

Project II: Integrated health care is an important aspect of our work as clinical psychologists.  Working with healthcare professionals to understand their preferences for and attitudes toward models of integrated healthcare is the theme for this area of my research.  By exploring providers' and patients' attitudes about integrated healthcare models we will be in a better position to advocate for the implementation of effective models of care.  We would be happy to have you join our team to delve into this area of research. 

Selected Publications

London, L., Watson, E., and Berger, J. (2013).  An integrated primary care approach to help children B-HIP. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 1(2) 196-200.   

London, L. (2010). Behavioral Science. In: Schwer, W, Plantz, S, Embald, G. Family Practice Board Review. Third edition. McGraw Hill: New York.  523-540.

London, L. (2005).  Chronic back pain:  Is it all in your head?  A psychological approach to managing chronic back pain.  In Advanced Medicine Quarterly.  Rush-Copley Publication: Aurora, IL. 15-17.

Keys, C., McMahon, S., Sanchez, B., London, L., and Abdul-Adil, J. (2004).  Culturally anchored research:  Quandries, guidelines and exemplars for community psychology.  In Participatory Community Research:  Theories and Methods in Action.  American Psychological Association:  Washington, DC, 177-198.

London, L., Tierney, G., Buhin, L., Greco, D., and Cooper, C. (2002).  Kids' College: Enhancing children's acceptance of cultural diversity. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 24(2), 63-78.