Todd DuBose

Todd DuBose

Department Faculty
  • Full Professor
    Clinical Psychology

  • The Chicago School Chicago
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Todd DuBose, Ph.D., is a Full Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where he is the Course Stream Coordinator for the Existential-Humanistic orientation. He has over 30 years of experience caring for others in various ways, including as a chaplain, pastoral counselor, marriage and family therapist, group therapist, play therapist, clinical professional counselor, and, currently, as a licensed clinical psychologist.. He holds degrees in philosophy (B.A., Georgia State University), religion (M.Div., Union Theological Seminary) and clinical psychology (Ph.D. Duquesne University). He is interested in the integration of contemporary continental philosophy of religion and human science psychology, particularly regarding the pluralism of values in how we understand the relationship between suffering, lived meaning and practices of care. His specialization is in existential-hermeneutical-phenomenological care for persons experiencing hopelessness or meaninglessness within life situations across the lifespan that are unwanted, unchangeable, irreversible, incurable or unrelenting. He is also interested in the exploration and critique of assumed foundational norms and standards of care, such as models of personhood and therapeutic care, critiques of assessment and diagnostic processes, definitions of ‘evidence,’ ‘empiricism,’ ‘outcomes,’ and ‘truth,’ and what is entailed in the vocation of a human science psychologist as a “Seelsorge,” or one who practices “soul care.”

He is the recipient of both the American Psychological Association's Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology's Carmi Harari Early Career Award for Inquiry and Application, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Distinguished Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. He has various multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed publications, and supervises, consults and presents at local, national, and international venues, such as in the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Canada, Hungary, Belgium, Greece, and China. Todd is originally from Atlanta, GA, has lived in eight states, and currently resides in Batavia, IL with his wife, Jennifer, a marriage and family therapist in private practice and columnist for the Kane County Chronicle, and their two children, Noah and Holly. They share their home with one large Maine Coon cat, Posey, a Golden Retriever, Jake. Todd’s avocation is venturing into the culinary arts, particular creating country-comfort-soul food from around the world. He also has a great love of animals, enjoys classic rock and smooth jazz, soul inspiring film and theater, clowning around, heart to heart chats, international travel, and hanging out with his family. Most of all, he is simply a human being.

  • B.A. in Philosophy, Georgia State University
  • M.Div., Union Theological Seminary (NYC)
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Existential-Phenomenologial Psychology, Duquesne University

Licensed as a Clinical Psychologist (IL) # 071.007252

Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • DuBose, T. (Upcoming: Summer, 2013).  Abyss-mal consolation.  Carmi Harari Early Career Award for Inquiry and Application Award Lecture. 121st Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI. 

  • DuBose, T. (Upcoming:  Summer, 2013). Abyss-mal consolation:  Soul pain and soul care from an existential-phenomenological perspectiveCenter for Theology and Philosophy International Conference:  The Soul.  St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, England. 

  • DuBose, T. (2013).  Radical existentialism: Renewing our commitments in deepening contemporary practice.  Society for Humanistic Psychology Annual Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.  Panel discussion with Erik Craig, Ph.D.

  • DuBose, T. (2013).  Alone in the crowd? The challenge of practicing existential neuropsychology.  Society for Humanistic Psychology Annual Conference, Santa Barbara, CA. Panel discussion with three other graduate students: Nichole Miller, Katarzyna Lesniak, Kelsey Clews.   

  • DuBose, T. (2013).  The wisdom of the clown:  Our guide back to our humanity. 17th Annual Cultural Impact Conference, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus.  Co-presented with Claude Barbre, Ph.D., Associate Professor, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

  • DuBose, T. (2012) Where the crooked are made straight:  “Being-with” the fated hope of escaping facticity.  8th International World Forum of the International Federation of Daseinsanalysis.  Budapest, Hungary.

  • DuBose, T. (2012).  Being-With as Fated Hope:  Existential-phenomenological “being-with” and implications for multi-discipline professionals facing “fated” situations.  Two hour workshop: Presenttion/Grroup Simulation.  5th Annual American Psychological Association Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference:  Person, Consciousness, and Community.  Pittsburgh, PA.

  • DuBose, T. (2011).  Immeasurable Dasein in a measuring world.  International Federation for Daseinsanalysis General Assembly.  Athens, Greece.  February, 2011.

  • DuBose, T. (2010).  Accepting the reality of a loss:  A Daseinsanalytic understanding of mooding, attuning, and communing with facticity,  American Psychological Association, Div. 24, Panel Discussion: Psychotherapy and Heidegger’s Theory of Moods:  Joy, Boredom, and Despair, San Diego, CA

  • DuBose, T. (2010).  Diversity or essentialism:  A forced choice for “best practices”? American Psychological Association, Div. 24, Panel Discussion:  Multiplicity, Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, San Diego, CA

  • DuBose, T. (2009).   On having nothing to lose: Daseins-icide and the lethal and liberating possibilities of  “choosing-not-to-be-of-any-value” among children and adolescents.  7th Congress of the International Federation of Daseinsanalysis.  Brussels, Belgium.  

  • DuBose, T. (2008).  On not knowing what to say in the tragic face of the other.  Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences Annual Conference.  Pittsburgh, PA.    

  • DuBose, T. (2008).  Pastoral psychotherapy:  Daseinsanalytic possibilities.  Society for Humanistic Psychology/American Psychological Association Div. 32, Boston, MA. 

  • DuBose, T. (2007). Towards a Daseinsanalytic spirituality in psychotherapy.  Inner Circle Seminar.  Regent’s College School of Psychotherapy and Counseling.  London, England. 

  • DuBose, T. (2007). Michel Henry’s radical phenomenology:  Implications for evidence-based assumptions and outcomes in researching psychotherapeutic practice. Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences Annual Conference, Chairperson for the Session:  Social Interaction, Aesthetics, and Praxis, Chicago, Illinois.  

  • DuBose, T. (2007).  Lived theology in clinical practice:  A Daseinsanalytic approach.  Poster Presentation: Necessary conversations in Humanistic Psychology.   American Psychological Association 2007 Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA. 

  • DuBose, T. (2006). Alienated in a house of Being?:  Existential aphasia and the sacred in Daseinsanalysis.  6th International Forum on Daseinsanalysis.  Prague, Czech Republic.

Select Publications

  • DuBose, T. (In Press, Summer, 2013) Where the crooked are made straight:  “Being-with” the fated hope of escaping facticity.  Daseinsanalyse:  Jahrbuch fur Phanomenologische Anthropology (Daseinsanalysis:  Journal for Phenomenological Anthropology and Psychotherapy), Vol. 27, 2013.    

  • DuBose, T. (2013).  Let the Kierkegaardian comedy resume:  Faith-phobia and faithful leaping in evidence-based criteria for therapeutic care.  Existential Analysis (24)1: 70-81. 

  • DuBose, T. (2011).  On not knowing what to say in the tragic face of the other:  Radical phenomenology as abysmal consolation.  Philosophy Study. July 2011, Vol. 1, No. 2, 130-138

  • DuBose, T. (2010).  On having nothing to lose:  Daseins-icide and the lethal and liberating possibilities of “choosing-not-to-be-of-any-value” among children and adolescents.  In Daseinsanalyse:  Jahrbuch fur Phanomenologische Anthropology (Daseinsanalysis:  Journal for Phenomenological Anthropology and Psychotherapy), Vol. 26, 2010, pp. 88-99. 

Community Involvement

  • Private practice in therapeutic care, individualized, collaborative therapeutic assessments, supervision, consultation, education and training in the Chicago 

  • Co-founder and current Director of the American Association for Existential Analysis

  • Involved in various ways in the Fox Valley community, particularly in the Batavia, St. Charles, Geneva area of the Chicago Western Suburbs, have been a staff psychologist and director of training with the Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center, supervisor and consultant for clinical psychology externs at Hesed House, the second largest homeless shelter in IL, participates with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, participates in various neighborhood projects in Batavia, and seeks to enhance his connections with other community projects addressing “fated situations” in caring (qualitatively being-with) ways  

  • Long involvement in community care in various cities and programs across the country: Bioethics Committee, Goldwater Memorial Hospital (NYC), Bellevue Hospital (NYC), Hospice Care of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA); Consultant for Greater North Carolina Healthy Partners Initiative, Franklin, NC; Consultant for Thirteenth Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance, Inc., Bryson City and Franklin, NC; Consultant for bereavement, grief, and loss issues related to Foster Care and Adoption Services, Family Service, Inc., Providence, RI; Consultant for spiritual care of patients, Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York City; Ethics Committee, City Council, Bangor, ME, and other community care organizations that have addressed homelessness, sexual and physical abuse, terminal illness, spiritual crises, and physical dys- abilities 

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Existential Analysis-Co-founder/Chair
  • American Psychological Association (APA) 
  • Society for Humanistic Psychology (APA Div. 32) 
  • International Federation of Daseinsanalysis 
  • International Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy/International Network on Personal Meaning 
  • Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis 
  • Society for Existential Analysis 


Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.

A: My teaching philosophy has been highly influenced by experiential and action/reflection models of education, most particularly critical theory and existential/hermeneutical phenomenology and the experiential and Andragogical character of the clinical pastoral educational tradition. I emphasize learning and attending to one's lived experience and commitments to significance within the web of meanings in one's life world, which may mean going through times of feeling unbalanced and disoriented so new forms of meaning and being-in-the-world can take place. Attending to one's ways of being-in-the-world is primary in any educational experience and, for me, is primary to mere reception, retention and reproduction of data. Finally, I see the teacher and the psychologist alike: as a "physician of the soul." My job is to help students open their worlds towards their own most possibilities within their embraced limitations as they are being-in-the-world. In "down home"-ese: & 

Q: Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.

A: Psychology is "speech of the soul," thus the psychologist is an "iatros tes psyche," or "physician of the soul." I find this most possible for me within the human science tradition of psychology, and most particularly within existential/hermeneutical-phenomenological psychology. Mental health is the experience of meaningful and fulfilling modes of being-in-the-world, where mental illness signifies lived out crises of meaning resulting in constricted possibilities in the world. Therapy is an art that contributes to opening of lived possibilities within one's life world; it is the practice of stewardship of the transcendent within immanence. 

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

A: I entered the field of psychology through a desire to deepen my understanding of human meaning-making within extreme lived experiences such as traumatic loss and interpersonal violence. Psychology fit well with my background as a psychiatric and trauma chaplain as I am interested in the mutual influence of these two traditions as they meet in the "religious" (spiritual, sacred) dimension of common human experience. 

Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School? 

A: Having worked either teaching or doing clinical work for 18 years, and having worked at the crossroads of philosophy, theology, and psychology, I would first commend the student for choosing a place that allows for the freedom of finding one's own niche here. My advice would be to attend to the "calling" of their own most possibilities towards professional psychology, and notice the commitments already made towards what they mean by human existence, health, illness, and therapy so as to better situate themselves here at CSOPP. I believe this focus would better help incoming students to find their own home amidst multiple homes.