Todd DuBose



Todd DuBose

Department Faculty

  • Distinguished Full Professor

  • Campus:
  • Chicago, IL
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Dr. Todd DuBose a Distinguished Full Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. 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 now 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). Hence, his interprofessional and interdisciplinary experience is extensive. He is also the Director of the Institute for Global, Institutional and Interprofessional Practices of Care with the management consultancy, Insights Without Borders. His work with IWB focuses on the discernment and critique of ideologies and practices of care exercised by various institutions of care, with a particular concern for working toward the congruence between suffering, meaning and the praxis of care in diverse situations.

He is also interested in the integration of contemporary continental philosophy of religion and human science psychology, particularly regarding the pluralism of values in diverse cultures of care, and the inherent aporias, undecidability and (im)possibility of therapeutic praxis in a postmodern, post-Cartesian and post-metaphysical world. His clinical specialization is in practicing existential-hermeneutical-phenomenological approaches to hopelessness or meaninglessness within life situations across the lifespan that are unwanted, unchangeable, irreversible, incurable or unrelenting, as well as the quality of therapeutic care for those whose voices are forgotten, silenced or ostracized. He has worked most of his career in the field of violence and trauma, as well as sudden, traumatic loss, homelessness and poverty, and other "fated situations" in New York, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and now Chicago. He has carried this work into the international arena as well and regularly teaches overseas. As a part of his work, he is interested in the exploration and critique of assumed foundational norms and standards of care, such as models of personhood and therapeutic care, care ethics, 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." Soul, to him, is "lived meaning," and the Seelsorge is the steward of lived meaning.

He is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology's Carmi Hariri Early Career Award for Inquiry and Application, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Distinguished Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, and most recently, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Award for Distinguished International Research and Scholarship. 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, France, Canada, Hungary, Belgium, Greece, Mexico, Malaysia and China. He is a consulting faculty member with the Circulo de Estudios en Psicoterapia Existential, in Mexico City, Mexico, HELP University, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the International Institute of Existential-Humanistic Psychology in Beijing, China. Like his extensive interprofessional and interdisciplinary experience, his international teaching and recognition disclose his deep commitment to multidisciplinary, global dialogue. He is originally from Atlanta, GA, has lived in eight states, and currently resides in Chicago, IL. His avocation is the culinary arts, particular exploring country-comfort-soul food from around the world that is healthy without losing its soul. He also has a great love of animals, enjoys classic rock and smooth jazz, soul inspiring film and theater, clowning around (literally), heart to heart chats and international travel. Most of all, he is simply a human being.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
B.A. in Philosophy Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 1984
M.Div. in Religious Studies/Philosophy of Religion/Philosophical Theology Union Theological Seminary (NYC), New York, NY 1988
Ph.D. in Clinical Existential-Hermeneutical-Phenomenologial Psychology Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA 2004
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Co-founder/Chair American Association for Existential Analysis
Member Society for Humanistic Psychology (APA Div. 32)
Member World Confederation of Existential Therapists
Member Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Member Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (APA Div. 24)
Director Insights Without Borders/Institute for Global, Institutional and Interprofessional Practices of Care
Licensed as a Clinical Psychologist # 071.007252, Illinois
Community Involvement
Private practice in therapeutic care, individualized, collaborative therapeutic assessments, supervision, consultation, education and training in the Chicago
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Aging/Adult Development Caregiving
Child & Adolescent Development Media Influence
Diversity Community Mental Health
Cultural Issues
Diversity Issues
Domestic Violence Child Abuse
Elder Abuse
Sexual Abuse
Spousal/Partner Abuse
Ethical & Legal Issues Code of Conduct for Psychologists
Marriage & Family Adoption
Collaborative Parenting
Couples Counseling
Domestic Partnership Rights
Family Reunification
Family Therapy
Foster Care
Parental Rights
Media/Pop Culture Media Psychology
Mood Disorders Bipolar Disorder
Psychology Subdisciplines - Clinical Psychology
Subdisciplines - International Psychology
Crisis Intervention
PTSD/Trauma Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Research Design/Methodology Qualitative Inquiry
Sexuality/Gender Issues HIV/AIDS
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Humanistic/Existential
Violence Bullying
School Violence
Sexual Offenders
Title Location Date
De-pathologizing love in therapeutic care: Unwitting violence and 8th World Congress for Psychotherapy, Paris, France 2017
Key Note presentation: Weak therapy and quixotism: Postmodern options for the Circulo de Estudios en Psicoterapia Existencial, Mexico City, Mexico 2016
Keynote presentation: Postmodern weak therapy: Echoes from ancient Taoist wisdom. Malaysia’s First Annual Conference on Existential Psychology, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Fourth International Conference on Existential Psychology: Authenticity and Human Potential, Centre on Behavioral Health, The University of Hong Kong 2016
Diversifying Empirical Evidence In Research, Assessment And Clinical Practice APA National Convention, Toronto, Canda 2015
On riding an ox, looking for an ox: Meaning and change from an existential perspective 3rd International Existential Psychology Conference, Guangzhou China 2014
Abyss-mal consolation: Soul pain and soul care Conference on the Soul, Oxford University, Oxford, England 2013
Where the crooked are made straight: “Being-with” finitude 8th International World Forum of the International Federation of Daseinsanalysis. Budapest, Hungary 2012

DuBose, T. (2016). Out, out bright candle? The meaning of meaninglessness.. In Russo-Netzer, P., Schulenberg, S. and Batthyyany, A., Eds. (Ed.) In Clinical perspectives on meaning: Positive and existential psychotherapy. (pp. pp. 283-295). New York: Springer.

DuBose, T. (2016). Engaged understanding for lived meaning.. In Schulenberg, S. (Ed.) In Clarifying and furthering existential psychotherapy. (pp. pp. 41-57.). New York, NY.: Springer..

DuBose, T. (2016). Can you tell a dragon fly about ice? The implications of Zhuangzi's "relative gradations" for contemporary psychology.. In Yang, M., Ed. (Ed.) In The useless tree: Taoist principles of Zhuangzi within existential psychology. (pp. pp. 166-182.). San Francisco, CA.: University of Professor Press..


DuBose, T. (2013). Let the Kierkegaardian comedy resume: Faith-phobia and faithful leaping in evidence-based criteria for therapeutic care.. Existential Analysis, Vol. 24, No. 1. , pp. 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., Vol. 1, No. 2. , pp. 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. , pp. 88-99..

Media Exposure

Mental illness: A stigma in the airline industry. Interview with CBS News, Chicago, 2015

Does evil exist? Podcast: Existential Coffee/Sankofa Psychological Services, Inc., 2014

The Heaven’s Gate Tragedy. National Geographic Series: The Final Report, 2008

Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.

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.

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

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.

Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

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.

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

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.

Professional Skills
Existential-phenomenological approaches to research, assessment, therapeutic care, supervision, education and consultation, Critical review of genealogies and practices of care, particularly in relation to addressing existential pain, Spirituality in everyday existence; Existential-phenomenology as spirituality, Individual, couple, family, group, play therapy across the life span, Extensive experience in trauma, loss, and mourning, particularly regarding "limit," "boundary," or "fated" situations in life that are uncontrollable, uncertain, unknown, inevitable, unexpected, incurable, inescapable, irreversible, and unrelenting