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Learn more about Dr. Lisa Lombard's experience, expertise, and background.

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Current roles and appointments

Licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience providing psychotherapeutic care to children, families, and adults, with a private practice in River Forest, Illinois

See more on Dr. Lombard's current CV

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Areas of Expertise
  • Psychotherapy for children, teens, and adults

  • Grief counseling for children and adults dealing with traumatic and unexpected losses

  • Psychosocial coping with food allergies, atopic illnesses, asthma, and GI-related distress

  • Stress management for health conditions

  • Non-pharmacological pain management

  • Clinical hypnosis 

  • Mindfulness-based relaxation training

Education and Career Highlights

Lisa Lombard, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist (IL 071.007229 and PSYPACT-Authorized) in private practice, with over 30 years of direct service, teaching, and supervisory experience. She integrates mind-body skills in her therapeutic work with children, families, and adults as they cope with anxiety, stress-mediated health concerns, and pain. She also treats children and adults experiencing unexpected grief and loss, sometimes described as traumatic bereavement. For over 10 years she delivered services within a preschool and elementary school, in addition to her private practice. This was an opportunity to therapeutically work directly with children in a school setting and to provide parent guidance, clinical supervision to trainees, and consultation on topics such as risk behaviors, trauma, SEL, and screen-time to educators. Dr. Lombard is interested in exploring the overlap between the devices we use, the social media we participate in, the multiple forms of media surrounding us in our everyday lives and nurturing healthy families.

 

From early 2020 to summer of 2022, she was on the faculty of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Medical Social Sciences, Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research, as a research assistant professor. She applied her knowledge of stress management skills (like mindfulness, hypnosis, and guided imagery) to better understand and meet the psycho-emotional needs of those with food allergies, eczema, and atopic disease. She led behavioral health initiatives within the Center and the launch of a free digital behavioral health tool for parents during the pandemic. In addition to curated wellness resources, it included mindfulness practices and other stress management exercises for parents and children.

 

In March 2022 she began the Comfort Kits for Children Initiative, part of her leadership activities as President of the Board of Directors of the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute (NPHTI).  This initiative, Comfort Kits for Children, is now a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and has provided over 300 Comfort Kits to children impacted by the war in Ukraine (in addition to maintaining a website of curated behavioral health resources).  She has broadened the mission to serve Chicagoland children who have experienced gun shootings and other traumatic events.  In Fall 2022 she will provide Comfort Kits to an under-resourced Chicago school and other community partners in need. Comfort Kits are accompanied by expert guidance, in both written and webinar formats.

Dr. Lombard earned her BA (Behavioral Sciences) and PhD (Psychology/Human Development) from the University of Chicago and completed an APA-approved internship at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute. She is an ASCH Approved Consultant in hypnosis. She is an active leader in several professional organizations (President of the Board of Directors of the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute, a member of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (Division 30), and President of the Chicago Society of Clinical Hypnosis). Throughout the pandemic she has provided free weekly virtual mindfulness sessions for her community and colleagues.

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