Jim Iaccino

Jim Iaccino

Department Faculty

  • Forensic Dissertation Director
    Forensic Psychology
    Associate Professor

  • The Chicago School Chicago
Forensic Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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James Iaccino, Ph.D., joined The Chicago School in 2007. As a teaching psychologist, he tries to stay up-to-date with research in the forensic literature and media, and his research interests and areas of expertise reflect this. Since the 1990s, Jim has done extensive research on Jungian archetypes in film, has authored two seminal texts on the subject, and has delivered multiple presentations at Annual American Popular Culture Conferences.  Since 2010, Jim has extended his film research to the forensic field, specifically by investigating serial killers within the cinema.  He has found striking correlations between the demographic characteristics of these figures and their real-life counterparts, and his factor analyses have shown multiple motivations as to why these depicted murderers kill their targets.  He has presented his findings at Annual American Psychological Association Conventions and has published a number of serial killer flm reviews (Psycho, Animal Kingdom, Scream 4, The Raven) for the APA electronic journal, PsycCRITIQUES.  Because of his numerous contributions to PsycCRITIQUES, Jim recently joined their Editoral Board.  One of his major research areas is examining the differences between male and female cinematic serial killers in whom they kill as well as the reasons why they kill.  Jim has further collaborated with the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago to offer a series of film workshops at The Chicago School starting in 2014 and has delivered several workshops on the Jungian shadow archetype, using films like Maleficent and Captain America: The Winter Soldier to illustrate salient characteristics of that archetype.

  • B.A. in Psychology, Dominican University - River Forest, Illinois
  • M.A. in Experimental Psychology, DePaul University - Chicago, Illinois
  • Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, DePaul University - Chicago, Illinois
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • The Raven: Another serial killer to be remembered, nevermore? (April 2014). With Jenna Dondero. American Popular Culture Conference, Meeting No. 44, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Applications of forensic psychology in the cinema. (February 2014). Odyssey 2014: Discovering the Arts, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois.

  • Cinematic portrayals of serial killers: Fact or fiction?  With Paul Schienberg and Nancy Kalish. (August 2013).  American Psychological Association Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii. 

  • Scream 4's female serial killer: A technologically savvy murderer for the new age.  (March 2013).  With Jenna Dondero.  American Popular Culture Conference, Meeting No. 43, Washington, D.C. 

  • From Psycho to Psycho II: Has Norman Bates changed for the better?  (March 2013).  CAE Psychology and Popular Culture Lecture Series at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Animal Kingdom’s team killers: The family that slays together, stays together.  (April 2012).  American Popular Culture Conference, Meeting No. 42, Boston, Massachusetts. 

  • Applications of forensic psychology in the cinema. (February 2012). Odyssey 2012: Discovering the Arts, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois.

  • It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Superman mythos revisited. (January 2012). Colloquium at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois.

  • An examination of cinematic serial killers using established forensic typologies.  (August 2011).  With Jenna Dondero.  American Psychological Association Conference, Washington, D.C.

  • Applying a serial killer typology to the Psycho franchise: Norman Bates as visionary serial killer on a mission.  (April 2011).  American Popular Culture Conference, Meeting No. 41, San Antonio, Texas.

  • The Saw killers: How much do they resemble serial killers ‘in the flesh’?  (April 2010).  American Popular Culture Association Conference, Meeting No. 40, St. Louis, Missouri. 

  • The shadow of the Skywalkers in the Star Wars trilogies.  (May 2008).  C.G. Jung Institute in Chicago, Illinois.

  • The multidimensional shadow side of cinematic heroes: An analysis of the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings films.  (September 2007).  C.G. Jung Society of Alberta in Calgary, Canada.

Select Publications

  • The Smallville destiny: The superhero's shaping by his archetypal fathers. (Fall 2014). In  Myc Wiatrowski, Cory Barker, & Chris Ryan's (Eds.) Mapping Smallville: Critical Essays on the Series and Its Characters.  Jefferson, NC: MacFarland Company & Inc.

  • The Raven: Edgar Allan Poe matches wits with one of the first identified serial killers!  (January 2014).  APA's PsycCRITIQUES, 59, Release 2, Article 9. 

  • Skyfall:  James Bond returns….home: A tale of heroes, villains, and the mother who connects them.  (October 2013).  APA's PsycCRITIQUES, 58, Release 44, Article 10. .

  • Scream 4: Technology can be deadly--A female serial killer for the new age." (December 2012).  APA's PsycCRITIQUES, 57, Release 50, Article 20.

  • Psycho: Is a boy's best friend still his mother--even after 50 years?  (March 2012).  APA's PsycCRITIQUES, 57, Release 13, Article 10.

  • Smallville special: The son becomes the father.  (November 2011).  Disc 6 In the Smallville Season 10 Box Set. Warner Home Video.

  • Animal Kingdom: The family that slays together, stays together.  (August 2011).  APA's PsycCRITIQUES, 56, Release 34, Article 10.

  • Jungian reflections within the cinema: A psychological analysis of sci-fi and fantasy archetypes.  (1998).  Westport, CT: Praeger.

  • Psychological reflections on cinematic terror: Jungian reflections in horror films. (1994).  Westport, CT: Praeger Press.

  • Left-brain right-brain differences: Inquiries, evidence and new approaches.  (1993).  Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Community Involvement

  • Editorial Board of PsycCRITIQUES, 2015- 2017

  • Guest Speaker at local and international Jungian Societies (Jungian Institute of Chicago, Jungian Society of Calgary, Canada), presenting content analyses of various film genres to trustees, fellow scholars, and students

  • Guest Artist discussing 'Applications of Forensic Psychology in the Cinema' at Lincolnshire's Adlai Stevenson High School's Odyssey Discovering the Arts Bi-Yearly Series

Professional Memberships