Leslie Wolowitz

Leslie Wolowitz

International Adjunct Faculty
  • I/O and Business Psychology
    Latino Mental Health
    International Psychology
    Chair, International Psychology PhD Program; Online
  • The Chicago School Online
International Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Online)
Chicago, IL 60654
Office Location
325 N. Wells St., Room 1011
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Wolowitz brings to The Chicago School extensive insight into diversity and identity within a global context. She is the co-creator of the International Psychology program at The Chicago School, which focuses on global mental health issues. In her early training as a graduate student, Dr. Wolowitz studied the psychotherapeutic needs of people suffering from psychosis. Intrigued with the complexities of the psychotic experience and the importance of empathy in treatment, Dr. Wolowitz went on to teach students about the same concepts she found so valuable. She soon sought out and continues to implement ways to foster intercultural awareness into the mentoring process. Dr. Wolowitz previously served as an associate professor at ISPP - Chicago, and has also taught at Michigan State University, Yale University, and Antioch in Santa Barbara.
  • B.A., Literature, Arts & Science, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, CT USA
  • Clinical Licensed Psychologist—Illinois
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • Wolowitz, L. (1995). Representations of diversity in postmodern psychoanalytic theory and practice. Oral presentation at the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education, Miami, FL.
  • Wolowitz, L. (2006). Experiments of the heart: mutuality in therapy. Oral presentation at the Clinical Sandor Ferenczi Conference, Baden Baden, Germany.
  • Wolowitz, L. (2010). Mapping a paradigm: global mental health issues. Oral presentation at the Globemed Summit at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Select Publications

  • Wolowitz, L. (2002). The changing face of the 'ideal' therapist. In Breggin, P. & Bemak, G.(Eds.), Dimensions of Empathic Therapy (Chapter 3). Springer Publishing Co.

Professional Memberships

  • APA - Division 52
  • International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and other Psychosis (ISPS): Lifetime member


Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.
A: Learning is a dialectical and co-constructed engagement. I believe that education is about mentoring students to help them find and articulate their potential, both personally and professionally. I try to actively engage in the learning process and to be open to learning both with my students and from them as psychology and the world are changing at a rapid rate. I also believe in the importance of the case study and case conceptualization as a foundation for professional psychology, as each person's subjectivity and agency affects their worldview and their change process.

I believe the online learning process can be as vital and rich as the face-to-face learning environment. I chose to work at The Chicago School because of the school's historical commitment to diversity and community service. As a school and a profession, we now have a global community commitment.

Q: Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
A: The practice of psychology has become very diverse. While evidence based practice is very useful, the foundation of a competent psychologist is a willingness to learn how to frame the problems before us in unique and creative ways. As "change agents" psychologists should be open to revising their methods and practice to fit the unique shape of each dilemma presented as clinicians or consultants.

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A: My interest in psychology began with the question, "what makes us tick?" In graduate school, I was trained to provide psychotherapy to people suffering from psychosis. I learned about the complexities of the psychotic experience and how to truly view it through an empathic lens. This led me to wonder more about our fear of mental illness, and our propensity to "project" onto others our own unwanted affects and ways of being.

From there, I became involved in the education of psychology graduate students. I am passionate about diversity and identity issues. I am also interested in how to foster intercultural awareness and global citizenship in the mentoring process.

Psychology is ultimately about the search for the "good life," which includes bettering our living conditions for the planet. Psychology shares much with philosophy but offers a humanistic way to understand and impact our experience of the world.

Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: While you may have the makings of a psychologist well before you enter the program, your learning experience should provide food for thought that will help you grow personally and professionally. Get the support you need and reach for the stars!