Will Adams

Associate Professor & Director of the Graduate Program
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

238 Rockwell Hall
Phone: 412.396.4348


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Duquesne University, 1993
M.A., Psychology, West Georgia College, 1985
B.S., Business, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1980
Bio and Expertise


Will W. Adams completed a B.S. at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Psychology at West Georgia College, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Duquesne University. He previously served as a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He works as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, and as psychotherapist and ecopsychologist in private practice. Dr. Adams' scholarship has appeared in The Humanistic Psychologist, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, ReVision, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Existential Analysis, and Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Humanistic Psychologist and The Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Dr. Adams' special interests include ecopsychology, contemplative spirituality, and psychotherapy.

Regarding his theoretical approach, he works from a perspective that integrates existential and hermeneutic phenomenology, relational psychoanalysis, Gestalt therapy, transpersonal psychology, and contemplative spirituality (especially Zen Buddhism and Christian mysticism). He is blessed with a wonderful wife, daughter, and son.

Dr. Adams may be reached at adamsw@duq.edu, 412-396-6520, and at Duquesne University, Department of Psychology, 211 Rockwell Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15282.

Recent Publications


(Only recent publications are listed - a list of faculty publications prior to 2010 can be found here)

Adams, W.W. (2020). COVID-19s fierce subversion of our supposed separateness: Cultivating life with and for all others. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Special Issue: COVID-19.

Adams, W.W. (2019.) Living life, practicing psychology. Reflexive musings on something (not so) obvious. The Humanistic Psychologist.

Adams, W. W. (2019). Nature-healing-body-healing-nature...: Embodied, relational, gestalt ecopsychology. In M.C. Clemmens (Ed.), Embodied relational gestalt: Theories and applications. Santa Cruz, CA: Gestalt Press.

Adams, W.W. (2018). Ecological Breakdown and Psycho-Spiritual Breakthrough: Christian Mysticism and Transpersonal Ecopsychology. In Gerard Magill & Jordan Potter (Eds.), Integral Ecology. Protecting Our Common Home. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishers.

Adams, W.W. (2016). Ecopsychology by way of phenomenology. In Fischer, C., Laubscher, L., and Brooke, R. (Eds.), The qualitative vision for psychology. An invitation to a human science approach. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press.

Adams, W. W. (2015). Healing our dissociation from body and nature: Gestalt, Levinas, and earth's ethical call. British Gestalt Journal, 24(1).

Adams, W. W. (2014). Intimate responsivity as essence-calling-path-fruition: Eco(psycho)logical ethics via Zen Buddhist phenomenology. In D. Vakoch & F. Castrillion (Eds.), Ecopsychology, Phenomenology, and the Environment: The Experience of Nature. New York: Springer.

Adams, W. W. (2010). Basho's therapy for Narcissus: Nature as intimate other and transpersonal self. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 50(1), 38-64.

Adams, W. W. (2010). Intimate participation as our essence, calling, and path: Nonduality, Buddhist Psychology, and our ecological imperative. Revision, 31(3&4), 48-53.

Adams, W. W. (2010). Nature's participatory Psyche: A study of consciousness in the shared earth community. The Humanistic Psychologist, 38(1), 15-39.


Other Scholarly Work & Courses

Other Scholarly Work

Dr. Adams is currently completing a book on ecopsychology by way of phenomenology and contemplative, transpersonal spirituality (Zen Buddhism and Christian mysticism). It is tentatively entitled A Wild & Sacred Call: Nature, Psyche, Spirit.



Psychology, Religion & Spirituality

Psychology and Nature

Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology

Psychology and Spirituality: Christian-Buddhist Dialogue--Honors


Introcution to Psychotherapy

Philosophical Psychology: Buber & Gadamer

Psychology and Spirituality