Kathleen Occhipinti, Ph.D.

Educator Consultant

As a specialist in behavioral science, Kathleen Occhipinti provides a number of organizational services, including leadership coaching, strategic planning, professional and staff development, system and individual assessment, and problem resolution. An experienced educator and consultant, she designs, writes, and implements training programs. Her experience has included a statewide program for the Illinois Board of Education, as well as, extensive work in the field of healthcare. She held a faculty and co-director position at St. Joseph Hospital/Northwestern University Medical School, Resurrection Healthcare, for over twenty years.

Dr. Occhipinti has had an organizational consultation practice since 1986. Some areas of special interest are systems theory and it’s relationship to organizational change, wellness and prevention, professional self-care, and (MBSR) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

She consults with individuals and teams, families, and work groups. She has dealt with workplace issues and personal functioning in a variety of settings: healthcare, corporate, political and the arts.

Dr. Occhipinti has presented to a number of organizations including both large (300+) and small audiences. She has been the keynote speaker to colleges, hospitals, volunteer and work groups. She was the guest speaker for two programs on a weekly business report on Managing Anxiety in the Workplace on public radio. She has presented two separate programs by invitation to a national AAFP, STFM conference on patient care and education in and to the Annual AAFP and STFM Convention.

She graduated from the University of Illinois and received her APA- approved master’s and doctoral degrees from Loyola University of Chicago in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Her combined degree had an emphasis on systems theory and individual development. In addition, she has trained at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. She has specialist post-graduate training in Bowen Theory: a natural systems perspective of human behavior, with a focus on understanding families, the workplace and organizations.