Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, Human Growth and Development/Developmental Psychology, History and Systems of Psychology, Counseling Theories, Social Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Introduction to Psychology
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, 2000
M.A. Psychology, 1994
B.S. Biology, 1993
Dr. Leesa Abbott serves as a faculty member in the Applied Psychology department in the Nichols School of Professional Studies. Possessing an expertise in mental health and clinical psychology, Abbott earned her doctorate in psychology from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology in 2000.
A licensed psychologist in the state of Wisconsin, she worked in a private mental health clinic in Kenosha for seven years, the Wisconsin correctional system for four years, and the Milwaukee public school system for one year. In addition, she has experience in practicum placements and part-time jobs in community organizations, facilities and group homes.
While living in Wisconsin, Abbott worked closely with the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) in Racine. Admitting her passion lies in community mental health advocacy, she helped organize two art events for artists who lived with mental illness, as well as start and facilitate a support group for teenagers in the community. Abbott also helped to organize a candlelight vigil for individuals who lost loved ones with mental illnesses.
Apart from her work in the field of psychology, Abbott also has experience teaching at the university level. Since 1998, she has taught at Ottawa University, Carthage College, Gateway Technical College and Florida Southwestern State College. Moving to Florida in 2015, she has participated in council meetings for the Circuit 20 substance abuse and mental health consortium and the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida.