Todd DuBose



Todd DuBose

Department Faculty

  • Full Professor

  • Campus:
  • Downtown 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 Chicago. 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, and international travel. Most of all, he is simply a human being.

Education History
Degree Institution
B.A. in Philosophy Georgia State University
M.Div. Union Theological Seminary (NYC)
Ph.D. in Clinical Existential-Phenomenologial Psychology Duquesne University
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Co-founder/Chair American Association for Existential Analysis
Member American Psychological Association (APA)
Member Society for Humanistic Psychology (APA Div. 32)
Member World Congress for Existential Therapy
Member Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Member Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (APA Div. 24)
Member Society of Religion and Spirituality (APA Div. 36)
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
Career/Workplace Issues Work/Life Balance
Child & Adolescent Development Identity Development
Media Influence
Social Development
Diversity Community Mental Health
Cultural Issues
Diversity Issues
Domestic Violence Child Abuse
Elder Abuse
Sexual Abuse
Spousal/Partner Abuse
Eating Disorders/Obesity Anorexia
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
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
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
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. (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. InDaseinsanalyse: Jahrbuch fur Phanomenologische Anthropology (Daseinsanalysis: Journal for Phenomenological Anthropology and Psychotherapy), Vol. 26, 2010, 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