Vida Dyson, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

"I encourage students to consider   
clients’ problems from a holistic  
perspective." Vida B. Dyson Ph.D.

"I encourage students to consider
clients’ problems from a holistic
perspective." Vida B. Dyson Ph.D.

Vida B. Dyson, Ph.D.
Core Faculty, Psy.D. Program

In teaching, I stress the development of critical thinking skills, the importance of context, and the use of a systematic, scientific approach in assessment and treatment. My clinical experience with emotional disorders and substance abuse is reflected in my emphasis on the biopsychosocial approach. I encourage students to consider clients’ problems from a holistic perspective and to be aware of structural and systematic factors that maintain inequities in our society. Lastly, I encourage students to be familiar with current research findings and their implications in clinical practice.

In addition to Adlerian theory and practice, Adler University’s commitment to training students to become socially responsible clinicians distinguishes it from other schools. I choose to teach here because of the small school environment that fosters students’ awareness of diversity and the importance of sociocultural contexts in clinical practice.

Please email or call me (312.662.4342) if you have questions or would like more information about me.


  • Ph.D., Psychology/Personality, University of Chicago, 1979
  • M.A., Psychology/Personality, University of Chicago, 1974
  • B.A., Psychology, DePaul University, 1971


  • Clinical Psychologist (Illinois)

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • Illinois Psychological Association
  • International Society of Neuropsychology
  • National Association of Neuropsychology
  • Society for Personality Assessment

Select Publications

  • Appleby, L., Luchins, D. J. & Dyson, V. (2001). Access to follow-up care by dual diagnosis patients. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 189, 265–267.
  • Appleby, L., Dyson, V., Luchins, D. J. & Cohen, L.S. (1999). The impact of substance use screening on a public psychiatric population. In Treatment of mental illness & substance abuse: A compendium of articles from psychiatric services (pp. 18–23). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press.
  • Rosen-Chase, C. & Dyson, V. (1999). Treatment of smoking dependence in the chronic mentally ill. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 16, 31–320.
  • Dyson, V., Appleby, L., Altman, E., Doot, M., Luchins, D. J., Toledano, A. & Delehant, M. (1998). Efficiency and validity of commonly used substance abuse instrument in public psychiatric patients. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 17, 57–76.

Select Presentations

  • Participant in Roundtable on “Teaching Across Cultures," The Third International Conference of Community Psychology, June 2010
  • Opportunities for International Community Engagement from the US-Based Classroom, Third International Conference of Community Psychology, June 2010
  • Gender Differences in Micro-Systemic Structures and Implications for Recovery, Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, May 2008
  • Coordinator of and participant in panel presentation, “Benefits of Diversity in Therapy and Therapist Education," 54th Annual Conference of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, May 2006
  • Managing Chaos with Multiple Systems of Care, Third Annual Update on Residential Care: Understanding and Responding to the Behavior of Youth with Severe Emotional Disturbances, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Comprehensive Assessment and Response Training System, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Psychiatry, May 2003


  • IPA Liaison to American Psychological Association Ethnic Minority Committee, Illinois Psychological Association, 2010