Alberto Varona, Psy.D. Chicago Campus

Alberto Varona, Psy.D.

"My enthusiasm for psychology grew out of my curiosity
for human nature and experience. This curiosity led me
to study religion, philosophy, psychoanalysis and most
recently, evolutionary meta-theory. Currently, I am most
excited about evolutionary psychology, Attachment Theory
& therapies, Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) assessment,
the philosophy of mind and Interpersonal Neurobiology."
-Alberto Varona, Psy.D.

Alberto Varona, Psy.D.
Core Faculty, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program

For many years I have cultivated a passion for teaching psychology. In my classroom, I work to grow that passion in others through lively lectures, in-class discussion and pragmatic hands-on activities meant to consolidate learning. My students discuss the nature of the mind, mental illness and health, the cultural biases of diagnosing, the functions of emotion and the absolute significance of evolution and attachment in humans. In order to ensure applied mastery of those topics, my students diagnose various cases, write theoretically informed case formulations and enact live clinical role-plays.

My enthusiasm for psychology grew out of my curiosity for human nature and experience. This curiosity led me to study religion, philosophy, psychoanalysis and most recently, evolutionary meta-theory. Currently, I am most excited about evolutionary psychology, Attachment Theory & therapies, Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) assessment, the philosophy of mind and Interpersonal Neurobiology. I strongly believe that clinical psychology will continue to make necessary progress as it continues to ground itself in relationship to the other natural sciences, as it continues to work on its conceptual limitations and as it engages in meaningful dialogue within the other social sciences.

Please email or call me (312.662.4335) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, California
  • Psychoanalytic Psychology Certificate, Access Institute, San Francisco, California
  • B.A. Religious Studies, California State University, Fullerton, California

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion; Psychology, Culture and Religion, Steering Committee. (2008-2012)
  • American Psychological Association. Division 39: Psychoanalysis
  • American Psychological Association. Division 24. Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

Select Publications

  • Varona, A. (2013). Withdrawing from the unconscious: Toward a model of association-dissociation. Presencing EPIS. pp. 83-109
  • Varona, A. (2012). Expanding the concept of internal object relations: Introducing the concept of experiential horizons. Presencing EPIS. pp. 64-72

Select Presentations

  • Attachment Therapies Workshop: Lectured on Affect Regulation Therapy (Allan Schore) and Mentalization-Based Therapy (Peter Fonagy). Adler University. January, 2015
  • Theoretical Case Conceptualization: Presented a theoretical case conceptualization from an evolutionary-psychoanalytic perspective. Adler School of Professional Psychology. November, 2012
  • Theoretical Case Conceptualization: Presented a theoretical case conceptualization from an Kleinian psychoanalytic perspective. Adler School of Professional Psychology. November, 2011
  • Advanced Concepts Group: Conducted an eight month lecture series and discussion group on the clinical concepts of Melanie Klein, Donald Winnicott, Wilfred Bion, Thomas Ogden and Peter Fonagy.. San Francisco, CA. February 2011 – August 2011
  • Advanced Psychodynamic Concepts: Conducted a three-part lecture series on Nancy McWilliams’ Character Organization model and the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual’s Personality Axis. California Institute of Integral Studies Clinic. January, 2011
  • Advanced Psychodynamic Concepts: Conduct a four-part lecture series on the theoretical contributions of Wilfred Bion with an emphasis on Bion’s theory of thought & experience. California Institute of Integral Studies Clinic. April, 2010
  • “Religious Practice, Doctrines, and the Production of Mystical States,” Conference Paper and Panel Presentation, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting Chicago, IL. October, 2008
  • “YHWH: A Structure Personality Assessment of the God Depicted in the Bible,” presented at the International Association for the History of Religion (IAHR) International conference. Toronto, Canada. August, 2010; and the American Psychological Association (APA) National Conference. San Diego, California. August, 2010