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Chicago | Director of Clinical Training and Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Paul Cantz, Psy.D., ABPP



In the classroom, I foster an intellectual climate that respects students’ accumulated knowledge in psychological theory and practice, and concurrently encourage them to critically examine new material in order to question assumptions and sharpen their understanding of the human condition. Theory and practice in psychology are organically linked, and our graduate students represent the leading edge of change.

In my duties as Associate Director of Training in the Psy.D. program, I place a strong emphasis on mentoring students, focusing on assisting them in developing a cogent professional identity built upon quality, high-impact training experiences coupled with a strong core of clinical competencies.

My scholarly interests encompass several domains, including psychoanalytic metatheory, the intellectual foundations of psychiatry, psychology of religion and spirituality, anti- Semitism, clinical supervision, death anxiety, cross-cultural conceptions of gender, and comparative mythology.

In addition to being core faculty at Adler University, I am Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, as well as part-time faculty at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. I participate in several community-based advisory groups and proudly serves on the Board of Trustees of Akiba-Schecter Jewish Day School as well as Nefesh-Chicago. I also serve on the Ethics Committee of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA), as well as on the Faith-Based Task Force for the National Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Click here to view my personal website.

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



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

Licensure & Certifications

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

Professional Memberships

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

Select Publications

  • Cantz, P. (2018). Apocalyptic exceptionalism and existential particularity: The rise in popularity of dystopian myths and our immortal other. In. E Severson & D. Goodman (Eds.), Memories and Monsters: Psychology, Trauma and Narrative. Routledge. (Ch. 1)
  • Kaplan, K. J. & Cantz, P. (2017). Biblical Psychotherapy: Reclaiming Biblical Scripture for Positive Psychology and Suicide Prevention. Lexington.
  • Cantz, P. & Kaplan, K. J. (2017). Utilizing biblical narratives for positive psychology and suicide prevention: An evidence supported approach. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 8, 654-678.
  • Cantz, P., Kaplan, D. L & Kaplan, K. J (2016). The Pastime Past Time: The Uniqueness of Baseball as an American Sport – A Psycho-Biblical Analysis. International Journal of Science, Culture, and Sport, 4, 367-380.
  • Cantz, P. (2015). Suspicious circumcisions: A psychoanalytic exploration of the connection between Antisemitism and Misogyny. 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 and 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). A psychodynamic inquiry into the spiritually-evocative potential of music. International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 22, 69-81
  • 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. (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.
  • Cantz, P. (2013). Foreword. In. K. J. Kaplan. Living biblically: Ten guides for fulfillment and happiness.  Eugene, OR:  WIPF and STOCK.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Cantz, P. & Huberman, J. (2016, November). The “Black Prince of the Revolution”: Revisiting Tupac Shakur’s Career & Legacy as a Misunderstood Poet and Performance Artist. Presented at Bradley University, Slane College of Communications & Fine Arts, Burbank Campus, Burbank, CA.
  • Buckley, P., Cantz, P., Sauer, A., Sivan, A., Zoline, S. (2016, November). The lies we tell ourselves: Ethical pitfalls in clinical practice. IPA Ethics Committee, Presented at Illinois Psychological Association’s Annual Convention, Oak Park, IL.
  • Cantz, P. (2016, April). Everything you Always Wanted to Know About the Zombie Apocalypse* But Didn’t Know to Ask: Psychoanalytic and Existential Aspects of the Contemporary Rise of Dystopian Myths. Paper presented at the University of La Vern, Departments of Communications & Psychology, La Verne, CA.
  • 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.


  • 2016 Double Chai in the Chi – Chicago’s 36 under 36, Jewish Federation of Chicago, Young Leadership Division (YLD) and Oy!Chicago
  • 2014 Early Career Achievement Award, American Psychological Association (APA),
  • 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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