Dana McDermott, Ph.D., CFLE is Associate Professor Emeritus at the School for New Learning at DePaul University. She received her doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago in Human Development and Social Psychology. She is also a nationally certified family life educator. She has worked for several decades in the Chicago area, nationally and internationally in the area of parent and family development.
She is currnetly working on identifying the competencies of professionals providing parenting education and support. In Chicago she has been involved in minority parent leadership and in implementing parenting education programs for children in schools from K-12 and for their parents. She serves as a council member of the National Parenting Education Network where she serves on the professional recognition system committee She consults with schools and parent groups in the areas of parenting, teaching caring, social and emotional development of children and violence prevention.
She is a member of the National and Illinois Councils on Family Relations and Psychologists for Social Responsibility. Her book “Developing caring relationships among parents, children, schools and communities” was published by Sage Press in 2008.