Frank Gruba-McCallister



Frank Gruba-McCallister

Department Faculty

  • Roles:

  • Professor

  • Associate Program Chair

  • Campus:
  • Downtown Chicago
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 325 N Wells St Chicago IL 60654
325 N Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Frank Gruba-McCallister is a Professor and Associate Program Chair in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. He received his B.S. from Loyola University of Chicago where he graduate summa cum laude and received the award of outstanding graduate in psychology. He also received honorable mention in the Danforth Fellowship competition. He then attended Purdue University where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. After completing his internship at Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, he held a number of clinical positions in the area of health psychology and had a small private practice.

He has thirty years of experience in teaching and administration at professional schools of psychology in Chicago. He spent seventeen years at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Chicago where he developed the first minor or concentration area of study integrated into a Psy.D.curriculum in Health Psychology with Dr. Judy Flaxman. He served as the Associate Dean of Student Life while teaching in areas of history and systems, health psychology, and existential psychology. His next position was as Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Adler School of Professional Psychology where he led a curriculum revision integrating socially responsible practice into all degree programs. In recognition of this, the doctoral psychology program received the 2007 American Psychological Association's Board of Education Affairs Award for Innovative Practices in Graduate Education in Psychology. He also was one of the developers along with Dr. Bill Powers of the first Master's in Police Psychology program in the United States. He joined the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in August 201l where he currently serves as Associate Department Chair and continues to teach history and systems and courses in health psychology, humanistic-existential approaches, and psychology and spirituality.

Dr. Gruba-McCallister's professional and scholarly interests include the following areas: the integration of psychology and spirituality; the relevance of mystical traditions to the healing process; the use of meditative techniques and altered states of consciousness in healing; the nature of suffering and its relevance to the therapeutic process; ecopsychology and the impact of overconsumption on sustainability; and the role of psychology in promoting justice and social change.

Education History
Degree Institution
B.S. Psychology Loyola University of Chicago
M.S. Clinical Psychology Purdue University
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Purdue University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Career/Workplace Issues Leadership
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Holistic/Indigenous Healing
Positive Psychology

Gruba-McCallister, F. P. (2007). Narcissism and the empty self: To have or to be. The Journal of Individual Psychology, 63 (2), 182-192.

Gruba-McCallister, F. P. (2002). Education through compassion: The cultivation of the prophetic contemplative. In J. Mills (Ed.), A pedagogy of becoming. New York: Rodopi Press.

Levington, C., & Gruba-McCallister, F. P. (1996). Suicide and transcendence: Crossing the great divide. In Sacred sorrows: Embracing and transforming depression. (J. Nelson and A. Nelson, Eds.). N.Y. Tarcher.

Gruba-McCallister, F. P., & Levington, C. (1995). Suffering and transcendence in human experience. Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry, 22, 99-115.

Gruba-McCallister, F. P., & Levington, C. (1994). Authenticity as open existence. Advanced Development, 6, 1-10.

Gruba-McCallister, F. P. (1993). The imp of the reverse: A phenomenology of the unconscious. Journal of Religion and Health, 22, 107-120.

Gruba-McCallister, F. P. (1992). Becoming self through suffering: The Irenaean theodicy and advanced development. Advanced Development, 4, 49-58.

Professional Skills
Clinical psychology, Holistic and indigenous healing, Leadership, Police/law enforcement/prison, Political advocacy, Positive psychology, Stress