Grady Osten-Garner, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

"We have a unique opportunity and special responsibility  
to explore innovative ways to promote the amelioration  
of mental health outcomes by empowering individuals  
and communities." Grady Osten-Garner, Ph.D.

"We have a unique opportunity and special responsibility
to explore innovative ways to promote the amelioration
of mental health outcomes by empowering individuals
and communities." Grady Osten-Garner, Ph.D.

Grady L. Osten-Garner Jr., Ph.D.
Core Faculty
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program
Coordinator, Military Clinical Psychology Track

Pre-dating Christianity and western psychology, African scholars have defined what we call psychology as 'the study of the soul,' human consciousness, and what we now call existentialism. It was all about how one located one's self in and engaged the world, especially our meaningful and mutual connections to the human family.

It wasn't until 1879 when experimental physicist and psychologist, William Wundt, introduced psychology as a discipline that we began to focus specifically on measureable observations of the human mind. While this is important, there is tremendous power in appreciating ones' ancestry, lineage, familial, and sociocultural histories engendered by a sense of connectedness and social responsibility.

My orientation toward facilitating a heightened awareness and application of social responsibility and social justice through professional practice is deeply rooted in the stirrings of the soul, of one's conscious awareness of our social connections, mutual responsibilities, and promotion of social interest.  Giving is good for the soul. This philosophy or way of being impacts every aspect of my professional work: from my approach to educating and mentoring, to clinical work, to the types of community based participatory research and scholarship choices I’ve made, and finally to my leadership style including the many roles I’ve held as a military officer/commander and now military retiree.

I believe that, as a faculty body and trainers of future psychologists, we have a unique opportunity and special responsibility to explore innovative ways to promote the amelioration of mental health outcomes by empowering individuals and communities through our clinical work and research as local scientists. My clinical and research interests center on the well-being of others including all uniformed military service members and their families and underserved communities.  My research clerkship teams of stellar students are focusing on meaning making and optimal military training and leadership rooted in favorable mental health outcomes.

Please e-mail or call me (312-662-4345) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
  • M.A., Community Counseling, Loyola University Chicago
  • B.A., General Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Memberships

  • Military Officers Association of America
  • American Psychological Association, Division, 19, Military Psychology
  • Association of Black Psychologists

Select Publications

  • Garner, G & Emano, D. (In press). Book Chapter in ‘Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: A Handbook for School Professionals,’ Editors: E. S. Fisher & K. K-Hawkins
  • Lyons, T., Garner, G. and colleagues (In review). Intimate Strangers? Social Networks in HIV Prevention Groups for Drug Users. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery.

Select Presentations

  • Black Identity Development: Cultural Relevancy & Clinical Implications. University of Chicago & Northeastern Illinois University May 2011.
  • Race and Sexuality: Intersecting Identities and their Clinical Implications. Presented at the DePaul University Counseling Center (staff, interns, and externs), Chicago, February 2009.
  • Dialog on Diversity: Clinical implications for work with LGBT clients. Presented at the Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, October 2007.

Awards

  • Keynote Speaker, CDC funded live webcast with attending service providers and consumers, 2011
  • Keynote Speaker, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, 2009
  • Fellowship, Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Program, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 1998
  • National Jesuit Honor Society: Alpha Sigma Nu, Loyola University, 1998
  • Minority Undergraduate Student of Excellence (APA), 1997
  • President’s Leadership Program, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997
  • University of Delaware Summer Research Stipend, 1996
  • Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), United States Army, University of Illinois at Chicago Battalion Headquarters, 1995