Grady Osten-Garner, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

"We have a unique opportunity and special responsibility  
to explore innovative ways to promote the amelioration  
of mental health outcomes by empowering individuals  
and communities." Grady Osten-Garner, Ph.D.

"We have a unique opportunity and special responsibility
to explore innovative ways to promote the amelioration
of mental health outcomes by empowering individuals
and communities." Grady Osten-Garner, Ph.D.

Grady L. Osten-Garner Jr., Ph.D.
Retired Army Reserve Captain
Core Faculty, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program
Coordinator, Military Clinical Psychology Track

Pre-dating Christianity and western psychology, African scholars have defined what we call psychology as 'the study of the soul,' human consciousness, and what we now call existentialism. It was all about how one located one's self in and engaged the world, especially our meaningful and mutual connections to the human family.

It wasn't until 1879 when experimental physicist and psychologist, William Wundt, introduced psychology as a discipline that we began to focus specifically on measureable observations of the human mind. While this is important, there is tremendous power in appreciating ones' ancestry, lineage, familial, and sociocultural histories engendered by a sense of connectedness and social responsibility.

My orientation toward facilitating a heightened awareness and application of social responsibility and social justice through professional practice is deeply rooted in the stirrings of the soul, of one's conscious awareness of our social connections, mutual responsibilities, and promotion of social interest.  Giving is good for the soul. This philosophy or way of being impacts every aspect of my professional work: from my approach to educating and mentoring, to clinical work, to the types of community based participatory research and scholarship choices I’ve made, and finally to my leadership style including the many roles I’ve held as a military officer/commander and now military retiree.

I believe that, as a faculty body and trainers of future psychologists, we have a unique opportunity and special responsibility to explore innovative ways to promote the amelioration of mental health outcomes by empowering individuals and communities through our clinical work and research as local scientists. My clinical and research interests center on the well-being of others including all uniformed military service members and their families and underserved communities.  My research clerkship teams of stellar students are focusing on meaning making and optimal military training and leadership rooted in favorable mental health outcomes.

Please e-mail or call me (312-662-4345) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
  • M.A., Community Counseling, Loyola University Chicago
  • B.A., General Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association, Division, 19, Military Psychology

Select Publications

  • Garner, G., Bocanegra, E., Helder, M. & Adler Student Researchers (manuscript in progress). Urban Warriors: A One of a Kind Curriculum-based Mentoring Intervention, Pairing Military Veterans with Violence Impacted Urban Youth.
  • Garner, G & Emano, D. (2013). Counseling LGBT Students, K-12. In E. S. Fisher and K. K. Hawkins (Eds.). Creating School Environments to Support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Students and Families: A Handbook for School Professionals.
  • Lyons, T., Madkins, K, Karia, P. & Garner, G. (2013). Intimate Strangers? Social Networks in HIV Prevention Groups for Drug Users. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 8(2), 129-148.

Select Presentations

  • Keynote Panel Presentation – North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) 2014 Annual Conference. Panel Theme: Adlerian Theory & Practice as Positive Psychology: Applications to Military, Schools and Families,. Chicago, IL, May 2014.
  • Black Gay Research Group (BGRG) Research Summit, Managing Heterosexism and Biphobia: A Black Bisexual Male’s Perspective. Affiliation: The National Black Leaders Conference on HIV and Other Health Disparities, DC 2012.
  • APA Convention, Bisexuality Symposium, Managing Heterosexism and Biphobia: A Black Bisexual Male’s Perspective. Chair & Discussant: Ronald Fox, PhD, DC 2011.

Awards

  • Keynote Speaker, CDC funded live webcast with attending service providers and consumers, 2011
  • Keynote Speaker, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, 2009
  • Fellowship, Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Program, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 1998
  • National Jesuit Honor Society: Alpha Sigma Nu, Loyola University, 1998
  • Minority Undergraduate Student of Excellence (APA), 1997
  • President’s Leadership Program, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997
  • University of Delaware Summer Research Stipend, 1996
  • Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), United States Army, University of Illinois at Chicago Battalion Headquarters, 1995