Alberto Varona, Psy.D. Chicago Campus

Alberto Varona, Psy.D.

"I believe it is crucial that the social sciences adopt evolutionary principles in order to understand human nature and the human mind. We can begin by adapting
our clinical theories to the principles of natural and
sexual selection and then integrate the middle-level theories of Evolutionary Psychology."
-Alberto Varona, Psy.D.

Alberto Varona, Psy.D.
Core Faculty, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program

I believe it is crucial that the social sciences adopt evolutionary principles in order to understand human nature and the human mind. We can begin by adapting our clinical theories to the principles of natural and sexual selection and then integrate the middle-level theories of Evolutionary Psychology.

My enthusiasm for psychology grew out of my curiosity about human nature and experience. This curiosity led me to the study of religious experiences, Object Relations psychoanalysis and most recently, evolutionary biology. Currently, I am most engaged with Evolutionary Psychology, Attachment Theory & therapies, the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) assessment, the philosophy of mind, Mentalization-Based Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Interpersonal Neurobiology. It is my conviction that clinical psychology will make necessary progress when it grounds itself in relationship to the other natural sciences.

Please email or call me (312.662.4335) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), Clinical Psychology, 2009 The Wright Institute. Berkeley, California. Specialization in Attachment Theory & Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Comparative Religion, 2003 California State University. Fullerton, California.       

Certifications

  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Certification. Access Institute for Psychological Services. San Francisco, California. July 2009.
  • Adult Attachment Interview. Attachment Styles, 4 category. Main & Goldwyn Method. Interviewer & coder certified: February 2o, 2016.
  • Adult Attachment Interview. Reflective Functioning Scale. Interviewer & coder Certified: May 12, 2016.

Select Publications

  • Varona, A. (2013). Withdrawing from the unconscious: Toward a model of association-dissociation. Presencing EPIS. pp. 83-109.
  • Varona, A. (2012). Expanding the concept of internal object relations: Introducing the concept of experiential horizons. Presencing EPIS. pp. 64-72.

Select Presentations

  • The Whole AND the Sum of its Parts: Introducing the clinical complexity model of Joseph Palombo. Master Clinician Lecture Series. Gifted Learning Center ~ North Shore, Northfields, Illinois. August, 2016.
  • How evolution shaped humans to read minds. Eyes on Psychology Annual Conference.  Indiana Tech University. Fort Wayne, Indiana. April, 2016.
  • How evolution shaped humans to need others. Eyes on Psychology Annual Conference.  Indiana Tech University. Fort Wayne, Indiana. April, 2016.
  • Attachment-based Therapies Workshop:  Presented on Affect-Regulation Therapy (Allan Schore) and Mentalization-Based Therapy (Peter Fonagy).  Nominated for 3 student awards. Adler University. Chicago, Illinois. January, 2015.
  • Withdrawing from the unconscious: Toward a model of association-dissociation. Paper presentation. Existential Psychoanalysis. Annual national conference. July, 2013.
  • Contemporary neuro-psychoanalytic case conceptualization. Panel Presentation. Adler School of Professional Psychology. Chicago, Illinois. November, 2012.
  • Contemporary psychoanalytic case conceptualization. Panel Presentation. Adler School of Professional Psychology. Chicago, Illinois. November, 2011.
  • Professional Careers in Psychology: From struggle to exception. University of California, Berkeley. January, 2011.
  • Nancy McWilliams’ Character Organization model & the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM) Personality Axis. Psychological Services Center; California Institute of Integral Studies. San Francisco, California. January, 2011.
  • Soul Splitting Headache: Imagining a soul by leaving the best for last and the worst left behind.  Accepted paper. American Academy of Religion (AAR), National conference. Atlanta, Georgia. October, 2010.
  • YHWH: A Structure Personality Assessment of the God Depicted in the Bible. Paper Presentation. The International Association for the History of Religion (IAHR), International conference. Toronto, Canada. August, 2010.
  • Wilfred Bion’s theory of thought & experience. Psychological Services Center; California Institute of Integral Studies. San Francisco, California. January, 2010.
  • YHWH: A Structure Personality Assessment of the God Depicted in the Bible. Poster Presentation. American Psychological Association (APA) National conference. San Diego, California. August, 2010.
  • Professional Careers in Psychology: From struggle to exception. University of California, Berkeley. September, 2009.
  • Religious Practice, Doctrines, and the Production of Mystical States. Panel Presentation. American Academy of Religion Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois. October, 2008.