Jim Iaccino

James

Iaccino

Jim Iaccino

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Department
Forensic Psychology
Institution
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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312-467-8616
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Biography

James Iaccino, Ph.D., joined The Chicago School in 2007. As a teaching psychologist, he tries to stay up-to-date with research in the forensic literature and media, and his research interests and areas of expertise reflect this. Since the 1990s, Jim has done extensive research on Jungian archetypes in film, has authored/co-edited three seminal texts on the subject, and has delivered multiple presentations at Annual American Popular Culture Conferences. Since 2010, Jim has extended his film research to the forensic field, specifically by investigating serial killers within the cinema. He has found striking correlations between the demographic characteristics of these figures and their real-life counterparts, and his factor analyses have shown multiple motivations as to why these depicted murderers kill their targets. He has presented his findings at Annual American Psychological Association Conventions and has published a number of serial killer film reviews (Psycho, Animal Kingdom, Scream 4, The Raven) for the APA electronic journal, PsycCRITIQUES. Because of his numerous contributions to PsycCRITIQUES, Jim recently joined their Editoral Advisory Board. One of his major research areas is examining the differences between male and female cinematic serial killers in whom they kill as well as the reasons why they kill. Jim has further collaborated with the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago to offer a series of film workshops at The Chicago School starting in 2014 and has delivered several workshops on the Jungian shadow archetype, using films like Maleficent and Captain America: The Winter Soldier to illustrate salient characteristics of that archetype. Finally, Jim writes at least one scholarly review on the superhero film genre for PsycCRITIQUES on an annual basis to explain why audiences are so fascinated with these heroic characters on the screen, employing a Jungian analysis in his critiques.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
B.A. in Psychology Dominican University, River Forest, IL 1977
M.A. in Experimental Psychology DePaul University, Chicago, IL 1979
Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology DePaul University, Chicago, IL 1982
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychological Association
Member Illinois Psychological Association
Member American Culture/Popular Culture Association
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Editorial Advisory Board Member APA's PsycCRITIQUES, 2015- present
Guest Speaker Delivering Workshops at local and international Jungian Societies (Jungian Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Jungian Society of Calgary, Canada) on various film genres to trustees, fellow scholars, psychotherapists, and students
Guest Artist Delivering Workshops on "Applications of Forensic Psychology in the Cinema" as well as "Hero Archetypes in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones Trilogies" at Lincolnshire's Adlai Stevenson High School's Odyssey Discovering the Arts Bi-Yearly Series
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Media/Pop Culture Media Psychology
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Jungian Theory
Presentations
Title Location Date
Using An Archetypal Analysis to Understanding the James Bond Cinematic Characteristics. Presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In association with TCSPP's Thought Leader Series: Faculty Scholarship Spotlight. Accessible at https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4206845123988807425 Chicago, Illinois October 26, 2017
The Sender: An Archetypal Mother’s Possessive Love that Transcends the Grave. Presented at the American Popular Culture Conference. San Diego, California April 2017
Does Gender Influence the Killing Process: A Comparative Analysis of Male and Female Serial Killers. With Ashlee Reed and Perry Meyers. Presented at the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. New York City, New York June 2016
The Kingsman Agents: The Reimaging of the Archetypal Knights of The Round Table. Presented at the American Popular Culture Conference. Seattle, Washington March 2016
Mendes’ Skyfall: Going Back to James Bond’s Archetypal Roots & Connected Spectres. In affiliation with the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Chicago, Illinois March 2016
Stromberg’s Maleficent: A Reimaging of the Shadow from the Traditional Fairy Tale. In affiliation with the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Chicago, Illinois April 2015
The Shadow Identity of Cinematic Superheroes EXPOSED: Captain America 2 and Beyond. In affiliation with the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Chicago, Illinois November 2014
The Raven: Another Serial Killer to be Remembered, Nevermore? Presented at the American Popular Culture Conference. Chicago, Illinois April 2014
Cinematic Serial Killers: Fact or Fiction? With Paul Schienberg and Nancy Kalish. Presented at the American Psychological Association Convention. Honolulu, Hawaii August 2013
Scream 4's Female Serial Killer: A Technologically Savvy Murderer for the New Age. Presented at the American Popular Culture Conference. Washington, D.C. March 2013
From Psycho to Psycho II: Has Norman Bates Changed for the Better? With Jennifer Dondero. In affiliation with the CAE Psychology and Popular Culture Lecture Series. Presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Chicago, Illinois March 2013
Animal Kingdom’s Team Killers: The Family that Slays Together, Stays Together. Presented at the American Popular Culture Conference. Boston, Massachusetts March 2012
It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s the Superman Mythos Revisited. With Jennifer Dondero. In affiliation with the Forensic Department Brown Bag Lecture Series. Presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Chicago, Illinois February 2012
Cinematic Serial Killers: How Much Do They Resemble Real-Life Serial Killers? In affiliation with the Forensic Department Brown Bag Lecture Series. Presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Chicago, Illinois November 2011
An Examination of Serial Killers Using a Serial Killer Typology with Associated Characteristics. With Jennifer Dondero. Presented at the American Psychological Association Convention. Washington, D.C. August 2011
Applying a Serial Killer Typology to the Psycho Franchise: Norman Bates as Visionary Serial Killer on a Mission. Presented at the American Popular Culture Conference. San Antonio, Texas April 2011
A Critical Examination of the Saw Franchise: The Reasons Why These Films Are So Popular. Presented at the American Popular Culture Conference. San Antonio, Texas April 2011
The Saw Killers: How Much Do They Resemble Serial Killers ‘in the Flesh’? Presented at the American Popular Culture Conference. St. Louis, Missouri 2010
Twenty Years of the “Final Girl”—Revisiting, Revising and Rethinking Carol Clover’s Her Body, Himself. Presented at the American Popular Culture Conference. St. Louis, Missouri 2010
I Am Legend's Cinematic Creatures: Friends, Foes, or Something In-Between? Presented at the American Popular Culture Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana 2009
The Multidimensional Shadow Nature of Cinematic Heroes: An Analysis of the Skywalkers in Star Wars and Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings. Presented at the C.G. Jung Institute in Chicago. Chicago, Illinois May 2008
The Abominable Dr. Phibes: The Prototype for Saw’s Jigsaw. Presented at the American Popular Culture Conference. San Francisco, California 2008
The Multidimensional Shadow Side of Cinematic Heroes: An Analysis of the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings Films. Presented at the C.G. Jung Society of Alberta. Calgary, Canada September 2007
Publications
Books

Iaccino, J. F., Barker, C., & Wiatrowski, M. (2017). Arrow and Superhero Television: Essays on Themes and Characters of the Series. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company.

Iaccino, J. F. (1998). Jungian Reflections within the Cinema: A Psychological Analysis of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Archetypes. Westport, Conneticut: Praeger.

Iaccino, J. F. (1994). Psychological Reflections on Cinematic Terror: Jungian Reflections in Horror Films. Westport, Conneticut: Praeger.

Iaccino, J. F. (1993). Left-Brain Right-Brain Differences: Inquiries, Evidence and New Approaches. Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Chapters

Iaccino, J. F. (2017). The Arrow and His Villainous Counterparts: An Examination of Their Journeys towards Psychic Transformation. In J. F. Iaccino, C. Barker, & M. Wiatrowski (Ed.) Arrow and Superhero Television: Essays on Themes and Characters of the Series.Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company.

Iaccino, J. F. (2014). The Smallville Destiny: The Superhero's Shaping by His Archetypal Fathers. In M. Wiatrowski, C. Barker, & C. Ryan (Ed.) Mapping Smallville: Critical Essays on the Series and Its Characters (pp. 25-44). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company.

Iaccino, J. F. (1997). Jungian Archetypes in American Superhero Comic Strips: The Hero’s Shadow Side. In K. Nordin & G. Pieper (Ed.) Understanding the Funnies: Critical Interpretations of Newspaper Comic Strips Worldwide (pp. 62-76). Lisle, Illinois: Procopian Press.

Iaccino, J. F. (1996). The World of Forever Knight: A Television Tribute to Anne Rice's New Age Vampire. In R. Browne & G. Hoppenstand (Ed.) The Gothic World of Anne Rice (pp. 231-246). Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Press.

Encyclopedias

Iaccino, J. F. (2007). #58. Lisa and the Devil (Bava, 1972); #86. Tombs of the Blind Dead (de Ossorio, 1972). In S. J. Schneider (Ed.) 100 European Horror Films. London, England: British Film Institute.

Iaccino, J. F. (2003). Death in Horror Films. In R. Kastenbaum (Ed.) MacMillan’s Encyclopedia of Death and Dying. ( pp. 426-431 ). New York City, New York: Thomson Gale Publishing.

Journals

Iaccino, J. F. (2017). When Team Super-Shadows Are Effective (And When They Are Not)! [Review of Fantastic Four (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016)]. PsycCRITIQUES, 62 (28), Article 10.

Iaccino, J. F. (2016). Sibling Rivalry Is Alive and Well in the 007 Universe! [Review of Spectre (2015)]. PsycCRITIQUES, 61 (46), Article 10.

Iaccino, J. F. (2015). The Archetypal Knights of The Round Table Retooled for a New Generation [Review of Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)]. PsycCRITIQUES, 60 (48), Article 10.

Iaccino, J. F. (2015). A Timeless Fantasy With “Mutant” Variations on Fairy Tale Characters [Review of X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)]. PsycCRITIQUES, 60 (18), Article 10.

Iaccino, J. F. & Dondero, J. (2015). The Shadow World of a Superhero: Not So Red, White and Blue! [Review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)]. PsycCRITIQUES, 60 (1), Article 9.

Iaccino, J. F. & Dondero, J. (2014). A Superhero Film With Substance (and Claws): The Rebirth of a Hero and His Villainous Counterpart [Review of The Wolverine (2013)]. PsycCRITIQUES, 59 (34), Article 10.

Iaccino, J. F. & Dondero, J. (2014). Edgar Allan Poe Matches Wits with One of the First Identified Serial Killers! [Review of The Raven (2012)]. PsycCRITIQUES, 59 (2), Article 9.

Iaccino, J. F. & Dondero, J. (2013). James Bond Returns....Home: A Tale of Heroes, Villains, and the Mother Who Connects Them [Review of Skyfall (2012)]. PsycCRITIQUES, 58 (44), Article 10.

Iaccino, J. F. & Dondero, J. (2012). Technology Can Be Deadly: A Female Serial Killer for the New Age [Review of Scream 4 (2011)]. PsycCRITIQUES, 57 (50), Article 20.

Iaccino, J. F. (2011). The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together [Review of Animal Kingdom (2010)]. PsycCRITIQUES, 56 (34), Article 10.

Iaccino, J. F. & Dondero, J. (2012). Is A Boy's Best Friend Still His Mother--Even After 50 Years? [Review of Psycho (1960)]. PsycCRITIQUES, 57 (13), Article 10.

Others

Iaccino, J. F. (2011). The Son Becomes the Father Special. Smallville Season 10 DVD Boxset. (Disc 6).

Professional Skills
Jungian archetypal analysis of horror and fantasy films, Analysis of serial killers within international databases and film depictions, Psychophysiological methods used to examine brain differences in juvenile delinquents