Paul Larson

Paul Larson

Department Faculty
  • Full Professor
    Clinical Psychology

  • The Chicago School Chicago
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
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Dr. Larson obtained a Ph.D. in 1977 from the University of Utah and a J.D. from DePaul University in 1993. He came to The Chicago School as an associate professor in1997 and became a full professor in 2004. He is coordinator of the Health Psychology concentration in the Clinical Psy.D. program. Dr. Larson has worked with in-patient and out-patients, primarily with severe and chronic medicial conditions and disabilities. He did his internship at the VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and worked for 10 years following completion of his doctorate at the VA Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio. He the served for 6 years as Director of Psychology at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital in Chicago. He has chaired numerous dissertations on health psychology, mindfulness and other aspects of spirituality, veterans and military affairs. Dr. Larson works within humanistic-existential and systems models. A major research and teaching interest in historical and philosophical psychology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. In addition, he is a member of numerous divisions within the APA.

  • B.A. in Psychology, Metropolitan State College of Denver, CO
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Utah
  • J.D., DePaul University
  • Licensed Illinois Clinical Psychologist
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • The Longview State Hospital Film. (2005). APA, Washington, D.C.
  • Academic heraldry of the Psy.D. (2005). APA, Washington, D.C.
  • Gestalt roots of ecological psychology. (2002). APA, Chicago, IL.
  • Philosophical foundations of professional psychology. (2002). APA, Chicago, IL.
  • Teaching history and systems from a clinical perspective. (2001). APA, San Francisco, CA.

Select Publications

  • Psychological healing: Historical and philosophical foundations of professional psychology. (in press)
  • Teaching history and systems from a clinical perspective. (2002), History of Psychology, 5(3), pp. 249-263.
  • Div 22: Rehabilitation psychology. In D. Dewsbury (Ed.) Unification through division: A history of divisions of the American Psychological Association, v.5, pp. 33-58.
  • Two archetypes in search of an identity. (1982). Professional Psychology, 13(6), pp. 830-833.
  • Sexual identity and self concept. (1981). Journal of Homosexuality, 7, pp. 15-32.

Community Involvement

  • Professional Advisory Board, Illinois Head Injury Association
  • American Cancer Society, Illinois chapter, Board of Directors

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH)


Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.
A: Teach the art of effective therapeutic communication through a variety of experiential and didactic means.

Q: Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
A: Psychology applies our understanding about human experience and behavior to problems of living and offers both therapeutic change as well as positve growth for the normal individual as well. Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A: A stand of conscience to heal rather than harm, recognized by the U.S. Selective Service as a conscientious objector.

Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: Seek a sense of vocation, or calling, to guide your professional career.