Dr. Rachel Birmingham
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Child Advocacy Studies & Justice Studies. Affiliated Faculty of Psychology.
Justice Studies
Child Advocacy Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4709
• Child Abuse and Family Violence • Child and Adolescent Development • Patterns of Family Interaction
Courses Taught
Parenting Psychology
Child Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
Developmental Psychopathology
Child Advocacy Internship Seminar
Developmental Lifespan Counseling
Introduction to Social Justice
Lifespan Development
Advanced Child and Adolescent Development
Theories of Human Development and Family Studies
Social Justice in Chicago
Human Rights
Research Interests
I was trained as a Developmentalist, specializing in attachment, parent-child relationships, the development of executive functioning and academic outcomes across early and middle childhood. In particular, I examined the role of early parent-child relationships and children’s home environment in the development of healthy social and emotional development. My current research focuses on childhood adversity, family violence exposure and sibling abuse. Specifically, my research examines how experiences of early childhood abuse shape attitudes surrounding family violence in adulthood.

• Ph.D. Human Development & Human Studies, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 2013
• M.S. Family, Youth & Community Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 2007
• B.A. Sociology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 2005

Additional Information

International Teaching Experience

(2019) NEIU International Studies Faculty Leader: Human Rights Study Tour to Geneva, Switzerland, Rome, Italy

(2018) NEIU International Studies Faculty Leader: Human Rights Study Tour to Geneva, Switzerland 

(2016) NEIU International Studies Faculty Co-Leader: Human Rights Study Tour to Geneva, Switzerland

Room LWH 4071
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
United States

(773) 442-4709
Office Hours
By appointment.
El Centro
Main Campus