Rachel A. Piszczor, Psy.D.

Associate Professor

Midwestern University
College of Health Sciences
Department of Behavioral Sciences
Alumni Hall North
555 31st St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Office: (630) 515-7633
e-mail: rpiszczor@midwestern.edu  


Fellowship Pediatric Psychology-Nephrology Children's Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University 2005-2007
Internship Pediatric Psychology Children's Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University 2004-2005


Psy.D. Clinical Psychology American School of Professional Psychology/Argosy U Washington D.C. 2005
B.A. Psychology Marquette University 1999

Research and Clinical Interests:

My clinical and research training and interests include the areas of behavioral sleep medicine, pediatric health psychology, and interdisciplinary education and training. 

Behavioral Sleep Medicine: The field of behavioral sleep medicine has identified a clear link between disrupted sleep and a number of physical and mental health disorders, conditions, and concerns. The link between insufficient sleep and health is so clear that disrupted sleep is now considered a public health problem. My practice areas include working with children, adolescents, families and young adults on issues related to sleep disorders and the impact of disrupted sleep on emotional, behavioral, and cognitive functions. In addition, I am particularly interested in research which aims to develop and investigate effective programming (e.g., assessment and intervention) for mental health practitioners, other health professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses) and those that work with children (e.g, teachers) to better identify and provide needed treatment to those not obtaining sufficient quantity or quality of sleep. Interdisciplinary education and training of students and trainees related to the assessment of and intervention for insufficient sleep is a priority for the field and a strong teaching interest for me.

Pediatric and Health Psychology: The field of pediatric health psychology, or the treatment of children and families facing acute and chronic illness, is an area of interest for me related to clinical practice, research initiatives, and teaching/training. My own training and clinical practice has involved working with children and families facing a wide array of chronic and acute medical concerns, including but not limited to the areas of nephrology, endocrinology, post-surgical rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, burns and sickle cell anemia. Of particular interest related to research initiatives is the investigation and development of effective programing for adolescent and young adult patients transitioning from pediatric health care to adult health care services.

Interdisciplinary Education and Training: I am particularly interested in the area of interdisciplinary teaching and training. Teaching students how to collaborate with, consult to, and speak and interpret different professional "languages" is a priority for our collective professions and therefore a priority for the education of our students. Related to teaching, training, and research, I am interested in developing mechanisms for educating students on interdisciplinary competencies, and outcome evaluation of these competencies.

Additional Areas of Research, Clinical and Teaching Interests:

Self-Care of Health Professionals

Integration of Wellness into Practice

Anxiety Disorders


Slifer KJ, Pulbrook V, Amari A, Vona-Messersmith N, Cohn JF, Ambadar Z, Beck M, Piszczor R. (2006).  Social acceptance and facial behavior in children with oral clefts. The Cleft-Palate Craniofacial Journal, 43 (2), 226-236.  

Selected Professional and Community Presentations:

Piszczor, R. & Smith-Bresky, K. (2017, August). Discover your inner Psuperhero. National Psoriasis Foundation's Biennial National Volunteer Conference, Chicago, IL.  

Dell'Angela, K., Shustitzky, J., & Piszczor, R. (2017, July). Teaching consultation skills. A community-engaged, service learning approach. Vancouver International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Vancouver, BC.  

Dell'Angela, K., Piszczor, R., Talen, M., & Mann, M. (2017). Partnerships for health: The future of integrative healthcare. The Health Psychology Association (Division 38) & Chicago School Student Association (CSSA) Integrative Health Care Panel Discussion, Chicago, IL.

Talen, M.R., Willmarth, E. Piszczor, R., & Glenn, J. (2016, March). Panel discussion on interprofessional education & practice. CE/CEU training at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL.  

Piszczor, R.P., Larson, P. & Dell'Angela, K. (2015, November). Psychology and health: Psychologists as facilitators of integration. Panel presentation presented at the Multi-Campus Faculty Conference, Los Angeles, CA.  

Piszczor, R. (2014, April). Psychological care of children living with psoriasis. Presentation at National Psoriasis Foundation's Psoriasis Solutions Program, Brookfield, IL.  

Piszczor, R. (2012, April). Pediatric health psychology: Clinical strategies for helping children and families who live with medical illness. CEU training presented at Metropolitan Family Services, Chicago, IL.

Current Teaching Activities

College of Health Sciences

PSYCD 1476 Child Psychotherapy II

PSYCD 1488 Independent Study I: Psychology and Behavioral Sleep Medicine

PSYCD 1671 Child Psychopathology

PSYCD 1783, 1785, 1787, 1721 Therapy Seminar

PSYCD 1824 Professional Development and Lifelong Learning  


American Academy of Sleep Medicine-Member

American Psychological Association-Member

Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54)-Member