The term critical
psychology refers to a variety of approaches
A brief encyclopedia entry gives a quick account of the development of, and distinctions between, critical psychology and radical psychology. In either case, for me,
social justice is central.
This page lists my critical psychology work.
Frequently Asked Questions
& Stephanie Austin
"The arrival of a second edition of this classic is an exciting event. The editors have assembled a world class array of authors to bring students to the forefront of critical scholarship today. Adding to the work's luster are fresh new chapters on critical social issues, along with a set of new pedagogical aids. Bravo!"
Kenneth J. Gergen, Senior Research Professor Swarthmore College
"An excellent book in all respects - compulsory reading for scholars interested in a socio-political contextual analysis of complex human behaviour."
David F. Marks
City University, London
& Isaac Prilleltensky
"It provides a comprehensible and on the whole accessible introduction to the area and therefore is a volume that is to be recommended for third-year undergraduates- but not just before finals, as it will certainly challenge many of their beliefs and values and could confuse them no end."
Jeremy Swinson (2000).
Mentoring and Tutoring, 8:2
First edition also published in Greek and Indonesian!
My critiques of mainstream psychology's norms, organized psychology's political stances, and more. In some cases critical psychology is tangential to the main point. My other academic papers listed elsewhere are even further removed.
...incorporate critical perspectives on psychology as well as on law and society.
The Radical Psychology Network, which I co-founded, is an international organization of radical/critical psychologists and others. The website includes position papers, policy statements, and more. We also have an e-mail discussion list.
Materials on the RadPsyNet site include syllabi, reading lists, etc.
General information and advice about studying critical psychology.
Only a few graduate programs open to one form or another of critical psychology are listed here.
The UK Discourse Unit has a longer list of options around the world.
If you're looking for undergraduate departments, start by looking at schools with related grad programs.
Universities in the US (interesting but not explicitly defined as "critical" - so ask questions!)
- Vanderbilt University's Peabody College has a PhD program in Community Research and Action. This is no longer strictly a community psychology program.
- Duquesne Univerity has a PhD program in clinical psychology: "human science psychology emphasizes qualitative research that explores questions regarding meaning, values, experience, and culture. Similarly, in the field of clinical psychology, human science psychologists incorporate this perspective and its research findings into the practice of psychotherapy." Its undergraduate BA degree also emphasizes psychology conceived as a human science.
- University of California-Santa Cruz says its social psychology PhD program focuses on social justice.
- Pacifica Graduate Institute's MA/PhD in Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology
- University of West Georgia's PhD. in Consciousness and Society includes three theoretical approaches: Critical, Humanistic & Transpersonal.
- University of Tennessee Center for Applied Phenomenological Research.
- CUNY - City University of New York PhD in Critical Social/Personality Psychology
- Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis - PsyaD in Psychoanalysis and Culture
Non-US Degree Programs
some political, most not
Page updated June 1, 2013