The CPELL staff coordinate numerous activities funded through the federal National Professional Development Grant.  The CPELL staff, along with other Loyola faculty, are also engaged in a variety of community events, and research presentations and conferences


Dr. Marla Israel Principal Investigator; Administrative Support
Dr. Elizabeth Vera Parental Support
Nancy Goldberger Program Director
Megan Polanin Graduate Assistant
Lindsay Viellieu Graduate Assistant


Dr. Marla Israel; Principal investigator and Administrative Support   

Marla Susman Israel, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago, teaching such courses as School Administration, School Human Resources, School Improvement and Ethics in Human Resources.  Before joining Loyola University Chicago in 2003, Marla was a public school administrator and consultant specializing in minority and poverty education for fifteen years.  As an administrator, under her direction, the Joseph E. Hill Center was designed and created serving Evanston/Skokie 65’s Early Childhood and administrative services.  As a scholar-practioner, her current research interests include school improvement and organizational change, human resources, ethics in education, and leadership preparation.  She has published numerous articles that can be found in The Educational Forum, Planning and Changing, and The NCPEA Yearbook.  


Dr. Elizabeth Vera; Parental Support   

Elizabeth Vera is a Professor in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University Chicago in the School of Education. She received her Ph.D. in 1993 from The Ohio State University.  For 15 years, Dr. Vera has worked extensively with parents of urban adolescents and children in both clinical settings and in school-based parent-child support programs.  In 2002, Dr. Vera received the Early Career Scientist-Practitioner Award from Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Vera’s recent publications are in the areas of prevention, urban adolescents, and social justice issues in psychology.  She teaches classes in Prevention, Human Development, Adolescence, Family Therapy, and Multicultural Issues.

Recent Publications:

Shin, R., Daly, B., & Vera, E. (2007). The Relationships of Peer Norms, Ethnic Identity, and Peer Support to School Engagement in Urban Youth. Professional School Counseling, 10, 379-388.

Vera, E. M. (2007). Culture, prevention, and the politics of disparities. The Counseling Psychologist, 35, 860-867.

Vera. E. M., Caldwell, J., Clark, M., Gonzales, R., Morgan, M., & West, M. (2007). Choices Program: Multisystemic interventions for enhancing personal and academic effectiveness of urban adolescents of color. The Counseling Psychologist, 35, 779-798.

Reese, L. E. & Vera, E. M. (2007).  Culturally relevant prevention programs: Scientific and practical considerations.  The Counseling Psychologist, 35, 763-778.

Vera, E. M. & Conner, W.  (2007). Latina mothers’ perceptions of mental health and mental health promotion.  Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 35, 230-242.