Memories, dreams, and reflections about the Duquesne Psychology Department.

Continuing Stories

The Continuing Stories archive offers a series of reflective interviews with distinguished faculty and alumni, who reminisce about their time at Duquesne, describe how they education shaped their own work, and provide words of wisdom for the next generation.

Storytelling with George Kunz, Ph.D.: April 2017

Watch the interview conducted by Dr. Will Adams

George Kunz, Ph.D., is an esteemed alumnus of the doctoral psychology program at Duquesne University (class of '75) and a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Seattle University. Dr. Kunz founded Seattle's MA program in existential-phenomenological therapeutic psychology, together with fellow Duquesne alum Dr. Steen Halling. He served as the department chair from 1975 to 1982. Dr. Kunz's publications and teaching have focused on the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas as applied in clinical practice and theory. Dr. Kunz is the author of The Paradox of Power and Weakness: Levinas and an Alternative Paradigm for Psychology (SUNY Press, 1998) and co-editor, with Dr. Kevin Krycka, of Psychotherapy for the Other: Levinas and the Face to Face Relationship (Duquesne University Press, 2015).

Dr. Kunz is interviewed by Dr. Will W. Adams, also an alumnus of Duquesne (class of '93) and currently a faculty member in our program. The interview, held at Seattle University in April 2017, was conducted in conjunction with a collaborative Duquesne-Seattle graduate student conference and a celebration of the 35th anniversary of Seattle's distinguished Master's program.

Storytelling with Steen Halling, Ph.D.: April 2017

 Watch the interview conducted by Dr. Claire LeBeau

Dr. Steen Halling is an alumnus of Duquesne University's psychology department (class of '76), as well as Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Seattle University, where he has served as department chair and director of the MA program in existential-phenomenological psychology (of which he was a founding member). His research and publications have focused on topics such as the psychology of forgiveness, phenomenological study of psychopathology, psychology of hopelessness, interpersonal relations, and qualitative research methods.  Dr. Halling has published extensively, including the recent Intimacy, Transcendence, and Psychology: Connection and Openness in Everyday Life (2008).

Dr. Halling is interviewed by Dr. Claire LeBeau, herself an alumnus of our program (class of '13) and current faculty member at Seattle University.  Dr. LeBeau's work focuses on Levinasian ethics and existential-phenomenology.

Storytelling with Robert Romanyshyn, Ph.D.: April 2016

Watch the interview conducted by Dr. Eva Simms

 Dr. Robert Romanyshyn is an Emeritus Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He earned his Ph.D. from the Duquesne Psychology Department in 1970, marking the beginning of his project to integrate phenomenology with depth psychology. He is the author of seven books including his most recent Leaning toward the Poet: Eavesdropping on the Poetry of Everyday Life (2014), as well as numerous book chapters, journal articles, poems, and a television script on the history of the soul in western consciousness.

Dr. Romanyshyn is interviewed Dr. Eva Simms, current and long-standing faculty member within the department.  Dr. Simms was a former student of Dr. Romanyshyn's at the University of Dallas, and it is a special privilege for her to interview him here. 

Storytelling with Constance Fischer, Ph.D, William Fischer, Ph.D., and
Anthony Barton, Ph.D.: April 2014

Watch the panel session facilitated by Dr. Will Adams

Dr. Constance Fischer is an Emeritus professor and one of the founding members of the Duquesne Psychology Department. She is well known for introducing an existential-phenomenologial approach to psychological assessment. She is the author of numerous publications on psychological assessment, qualitative research, and human science approaches to psychological issues. 

Dr. Williiam F. Fischer is an Emeritus professor and one of the founding members of the Duquesne Psychology Department. His phenomenological study of the experience of being anxious established a model for empirical-phenomenological research in the area of emotions.  Through radio talk shows, T.V. appearances, and press interviews, in addition to multiple publications, Fischer has been instrumental in bringing phenomenological thought to the attention of the public.

Dr. Tony Barton is a founding member and current professor of psychology at Duquesne University.  His work is dedicated to integrating an existential-phenomenological framework with various theories of counseling and psychotherapy. His published work includes: Three Worlds of Therapy: An Existential-Phenomenological Study of The Therapies of Freud, Jung and Rogers.

The panel is facilitated by Dr. Will Adams, who is a current faculty member, alumnus of the program (class of '93), and former student of all the panelists. 

Storytelling with Amedeo Giorgi, Ph.D.: December 2013

Watch the interview conducted by Dr. Jessie Goicoechea

Watch Dr Giorgi's Public Lecture: Phenomenological Philosophy as the basis of Human Scientific Psychology

Dr. Amedeo P. Giorgi received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Fordham University in 1958, and was one of the early department trailblazers. He is renowned for developing the descriptive-phenomenological research method, based on the thought of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty. Dr. Giorgi has directed over 100 dissertations that have used this method, published over 100 articles on the phenomenological approach to psychology, and is the author of several books, including the influential Psychology as a Human Science: A Phenomenologically Based Approach (1970). He is also the founder of the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology.

Dr. Giorgi is interviewed by Dr. Jessie Goichoechea, herself an alumnus of our program (class of '02), and current faculty member and director of the Duquesne Psychology Clinic.