Paul Cantz, Psy.D. Chicago Campus

"I make an effort to foster an intellectual climate  
that respects the accumulated knowledge base of 
psychological theory and practice while concurrently 
encouraging a critical encounter with the course material." 
- Paul Cantz, Psy.D.

"I make an effort to foster an intellectual climate
that respects the accumulated knowledge base of
psychological theory and practice while concurrently
encouraging a critical encounter with the course material."
- Paul Cantz, Psy.D.

Paul Cantz, Psy.D.
Associate Director of Training/Core Psy.D. Faculty

In the classroom I make an effort to foster an intellectual climate that respects the accumulated knowledge-base of psychological theory and practice while concurrently encouraging a critical encounter with the course material. The theory and practice of psychology is organic, and graduate students represent the leading edge of change.

In my duties as the Associate Director of Training – Psy.D., I place a strong emphasis on students developing a cogent professional identity built around a strong core of clinical competencies. My current academic and scholarly interests include psychoanalytic metatheory, the intellectual foundations of psychiatry, psychology of religion & spirituality, clinical supervision, death anxiety, cross-cultural views of gender, and comparative mythology.

In addition to my position at Adler University, I am also Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry; Adjunct Faculty in Jewish Studies at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership; Executive Director at Yehi Ohr – Jewish Institute for Psychological Advancement; and a Ph.D. candidate in religious studies at the University of Aberdeen.

Please email or call me (312.662.4216) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen
  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • B.S., Psychology, Bradley University
  • B.S., Religious Studies, Bradley University

Licensure/Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (IL)
  • Board Certified in Clinical Psychology (ABPP)
  • Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis

Awards

  • American Psychological Association (APA), Early Career Achievement Award, 2014
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award, 2014

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Illinois Psychological Association (IPA)
  • APA Division 39: Psychoanalytic Psychology
  • APA Division 36: Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
  • Nefesh International
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis

Select Publications

  • Cantz, P. (2015). Suspicious circumcisions: A psychoanalytic exploration of the connection between misogyny and antisemitism. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 18, 354-367.
  • Kaplan, K. J. & Cantz, P. (2014). Israel - “occupier” or “occupied”?: The psycho-political projection of Christian and post-Christian supersessionism. Israel Affairs, 1, 40-61
  • Cantz, P. & Castle, M. (2013). A psycho-biblical response to death anxiety: Separation and individuation dynamics in the Babel narrative. Journal of Psychology & Theology, 41, 327-339
  • Cantz, P. & Kaplan, K. J. (2013). Cross Cultural Reflections on the Feminine “Other”: Hebraism and Hellenism Redux. Pastoral Psychology, 62, 485-496.
  • Cantz, P. (2013). The slaughter of Isaac: Oedipal themes in the akedah narrative revisited. In Myth, Literature & the Unconscious. (eds. Leon Burnett, Sanja Bahun & Robert Maine). London: Karnac.
  • Cantz, P. (2013). Foreword. In. K. J. Kaplan. Living biblically: Ten guides for fulfillment and happiness. Eugene, OR: WIPF and STOCK.
  • Cantz, P. (2013). A psychodynamic inquiry into the spiritually-evocative potential of music. International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 22, 69-81.
  • Cantz, P. (2012). Towards a biblical psychoanalysis: A Second look at the first book. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 15, 779-797.
  • Kaplan, K. J., Dolev, S., Galatzer, T. & Cantz, P. (2012). Individuation and attachment in Israel and Thailand: Secular versus religious Jews and Buddhists. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 22, 93-105.

Select Presentations

  • Cantz, P. (2015, October). It’s the End of the World as We Know It (…but No Worries): The Rise in Popularity of Dystopian Myths and our Immortal “Other”. Paper presented at the Psychology and the Other conference, Cambridge, MA.
  • Cantz, P. (2014, December). The Binding of Freud: Oedipus vs. Isaac & the Mythopoeic Underpinnings of Psychoanalysis. Paper presented at the The Centre for the Study of Myth at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
  • Cantz, P., Kim, E., Battista, P., Osten-Garner, K. (2015, January). A Renewed Call for the Elimination of the Postdoctoral Requirement as a Condition for Licensure in Clinical Psychology: Social Justice Meets Best Practices. Poster presented at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Mid-Winter Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Kaplan, K. J., Schwartz, M. B., Cantz, P., & Kaplan, D. L. & (2014, May). The Dreyfus(s) Boys: Devil’s Island versus The World Series (The Jewish Experience in Europe versus America). Paper presented at the 26th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture. Cooperstown, NY.
  • Cantz, P. (2014, March). A Biblical Response to the Pathologizing of Aging: Scientific, Medical, & Ethical Considerations. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Conference of Medicine and Religion. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
  • Cantz, P. (2013, October). Is Anti-Semitism the “Other” Misogony? A Psychodynamic Exploration of Genetic Commonalities. Paper presented at the Psychology & the Other conference, Cambridge, MA.
  • Cantz, P., Kaplan, D. L. & Kaplan, K. J. (2013, May). The Uniqueness of Baseball as an American Sport: A Psycho-Biblical Analysis. 25th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture. Cooperstown, NY.
  • Cantz, P. & Castle, M. A biblical response to death anxiety: Notes on the Babel narrative. 7th Annual Research Conference for Health, Religion, and Spirituality. Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN November 2012.
  • Kaplan, K. J. & Cantz, P. Increasing Hopefulness, Purpose and Resiliency: Applying the Biblical Conception of Time and Development. 7th Annual Research Conference for Health, Religion, and Spirituality. Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, November 2012.
  • Kaplan, K. J. & Cantz, P., Exline, J. J. & Grubs, J. Relating to God/Authority: Historical and Empirical Dimensions of Rebellion, Submission & Dialogue. Paper presented at APA Division 36 Mid-Year Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 30, 2012.
  • Cantz, P. & Kaplan, K. J. Cross Cultural Reflections on the Feminine “Other”: Hebraism and Hellenism Redux. Paper presented at the Psychology and the Other Conference, Cambridge, MA, Oct. 3, 2011.
  • Kaplan, K. J. & Cantz, P. Suicide Prevention and Life Promotion: A Biblical Way of Dealing with Life’s Darkest Times. Presented to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) panel on Suicide Prevention, Alexandria, VA, Sept. 8, 2011.
  • Cantz, P. Approaching self-authenticity: A psychodynamic inquiry into the spiritually-evocative potential of music. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of APA Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology, Chicago, IL, April 17, 2011.
  • Cantz, P. The Slaughter of Isaac: Oedipal Themes in the Akedah Narrative Revisited. Paper presented at the Myth, Literature and the Unconscious Conference, University of Essex, Colchester, England, Sept. 2010.