Paul Larson



Paul Larson

Department Faculty

  • Professor

  • Campus:
  • Chicago, IL
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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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.

Education History
Degree Institution
B.A. in Psychology Metropolitan State College of Denver, CO
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology University of Utah
J.D. DePaul University
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychological Association (APA)
Member Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Professional Advisory Board Illinois Head Injury Association
Clinical advisory board American Cancer Society, Illinois Chapter
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Mental Health/Psychopathology/Clinical Psychology Stress/Coping

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.


Paul C. Larson (2017). Psychological healing: Historical and philosophical foundations of professional psychology. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications.

Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.

Teach the art of effective therapeutic communication through a variety of experiential and didactic means.

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

Psychology applies our understanding about human experience and behavior to problems of living and offers both therapeutic change as well as positive growth for the normal individual as well.

Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

A stand of conscience to heal rather than harm, recognized by the U.S. Selective Service as a conscientious objector.

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

Seek a sense of vocation, or calling, to guide your professional career.

Professional Skills
aging, health psychology, sexuality, veterans' issues, spirituality and religion, stress, history and philosophy of psychology