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Russ Walsh is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, and his research has focused primarily on phenomenological and hermeneutic methodology. He has served as Director of Clinical Training, Psychology Clinic Director, and Department Chair, and has overseen more than 25 dissertations involving the elaboration of qualitative research methods. For the past several years, his research has focused on two distinct areas. First, following from his active participation in Duquesne's study abroad programs, he has (with Monica Walsh) conducted qualitative research exploring students' experiences of, and perspectives on, learning while studying abroad. Secondly, he has worked with his colleague (and Duquesne alumnus) David Danto examining the resilience of particular First Nations communities in Canada, as well the indigenous land-based interventions carried out in those communities.

After two decades of being centrally involved with Duquesne's Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, he is currently focused on teaching in the undergraduate psychology program. This work includes orientation courses for new psychology majors, courses introducing students to the fields of clinical psychology and psychological disorders, and study abroad courses exploring aesthetics as well as the historical relationship between science and faith.

• Phenomenology
• Methodological Hermeneutics
• Qualitative Research
• Clinical Psychology


Ph.D., Psychology, University of New Mexico, 1993
M.A., Psychology, University of New Mexico, 1989
B.A., Psychology, Long Island University, 1985

Undergraduate Courses

  • Science and Faith (Spring Break Away Course)
  • Applied Psychology Practicum

Graduate Courses

  • Advance Clinical Theory and Practice


Walsh, R., Danto, D., & Sommerfeld, J. (2020). Land based intervention: A qualitative study of the knowledge and practices associated with one approach to mental health in a Cree community. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction., doi:

Walsh, R., Danto, D., & Sommerfeld, J. (2020). Learning from those who do: Land-based healing in a Mushkegowuk community. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.

Sommerfeld, J., Danto, D., & Walsh, R. (in press, 2019). Indigenous Land-Based Interventions and Nature-Oriented Wellness Programs: Commonalities and Important Differences. Journal of Concurrent Disorders.

Walsh, R., & Walsh, M. (2018). In Their Own Words: American Students' Perspectives On Study Abroad Experiences. Humanistic Psychologist, 46 (2), 129-146.

Walsh, R., & Danto, D. (2017). Mental health perceptions and practices of a Cree community in Northern Ontario: A qualitative study. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-13, doi: 10.1007/s11469-017-9791-6.

Walsh, R. (2016). Evidence, Argument, and Phenomenology. In Fischer, C., Laubscher, L & Brooke, R. (Eds.), The Qualitative Vision for Psychology: An Invitation to a Human Science (pp. 117-132). Duquesne University Press.

Walsh, R. & Koelsch, L.E. (2012). Building across fault lines in qualitative research. The Humanistic Psychologist, 40(4), 380-390.

Walsh, R. (2012). Mindfulness and empathy: A hermeneutic circle. In Bien & Hick (Eds.), Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship. Guilford Press.

Walsh, R. (2012). On evidence and argument in phenomenological research. The Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology.

Walsh, R., & Walsh, M. L. (2012). Existence, Revisited. PsychCRITIQUES.