Paul Cantz, Psy.D. Chicago Campus

"In the classroom, I foster an intellectual climate   
that respects students' accumulated knowledge  
in psychological theory and practice,  
and concurrently encourage them to  
critically examine new material."  
 
– Paul Cantz, Psy.D.

"In the classroom, I foster an intellectual climate
that respects students' accumulated knowledge
in psychological theory and practice,
and concurrently encourage them to
critically examine new material."

– Paul Cantz, Psy.D.

Paul Cantz, Psy.D.
Associate Director of Training, Psy.D. Program
Core Faculty

In my duties as Associate Director of Training in the Psy.D. program, I place a strong emphasis on mentoring students, focusing on assisting them in developing a cogent professional identity built upon quality, high-impact training experiences coupled with a strong core of clinical competencies.

My scholarly interests encompass several domains, including psychoanalytic metatheory, the intellectual foundations of psychiatry, psychology of religion and spirituality, anti- Semitism, clinical supervision, death anxiety, cross-cultural conceptions of gender, and comparative mythology.

In addition to being core faculty at Adler University, I participate in several community-based advisory groups, and proudly serve on the Board of Trustees of Akiba-Schecter Jewish Day School as well as Nefesh Chicago.

Please email or call me 312.662.4216 if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen
  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • B.S., Psychology, Bradley University
  • B.S., Religious Studies, Bradley University

Licensure & Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP) (IL)
  • Board-Certified in Clinical Psychology (ABPP)
  • Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
    • Division 36: Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
    • Division 39: Psychoanalytic Psychology
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Illinois Psychological Association (IPA)
  • Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis
  • Nefesh International

Select Publications

  • Cantz, P. (in press). Apocalyptic exceptionalism and existential particularity: The rise in popularity of dystopian myths and our immortal other. In. E Severson & D. Goodman (Eds.), Memories and Monsters: Psychology, Trauma and Narrative. Routledge.
  • Cantz, P., Kaplan, D. L. & Kaplan, K. J. (2016). The pastime past time: The uniqueness of baseball as an American sport - A psycho-biblical analysis. International Journal of Science, Culture, and Sport, 4, 367-380.
  • Cantz, P. (2015). Suspicious circumcisions: A psychoanalytic exploration of the connection between misogyny and antisemitism. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 18, 354-367.
  • Kaplan, K. J. & Cantz, P. (2014). Israel - “occupier” or “occupied”?: The psycho-political projection of Christian and post-Christian supersessionism. Israel Affairs, 1, 40-61
  • Cantz, P. & Castle, M. (2013). A psycho-biblical response to death anxiety: Separation and individuation dynamics in the Babel narrative. Journal of Psychology & Theology, 41, 327-339
  • Cantz, P. & Kaplan, K. J. (2013). Cross Cultural Reflections on the Feminine “Other”: Hebraism and Hellenism Redux. Pastoral Psychology, 62, 485-496.
  • Cantz, P. (2013). The slaughter of Isaac: Oedipal themes in the akedah narrative revisited. Myth, Literature & the Unconscious. (eds. Leon Burnett, Sanja Bahun & Robert Maine). London: Karnac.
  • Cantz, P. (2013). Foreword. In. K. J. Kaplan. Living biblically: Ten guides for fulfillment and happiness. Eugene, OR: WIPF and STOCK.
  • Cantz, P. (2013). A psychodynamic inquiry into the spiritually-evocative potential of music. International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 22, 69-81.
  • Cantz, P. (2012). Towards a biblical psychoanalysis: A Second look at the first book. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 15, 779-797.
  • Kaplan, K. J., Dolev, S., Galatzer, T. & Cantz, P. (2012). Individuation and attachment in Israel and Thailand: Secular versus religious Jews and Buddhists. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 22, 93-105.

Select Presentations

  • Cantz, P. & Huberman, J. (2016, November). The “Black Prince of the Revolution”: Revisiting Tupac Shakur’s Career & Legacy as a Misunderstood Poet and Performance Artist. Presented at Bradley University, Slane College of Communications & Fine Arts, Burbank Campus, Burbank, CA.
  • Buckley, P., Cantz, P., Sauer, A., Sivan, A., Zoline, S. (2016, November). The lies we tell ourselves: Ethical pitfalls in clinical practice. IPA Ethics Committee, Presented at Illinois Psychological Association’s Annual Convention, Oak Park, IL.
  • Cantz, P. (2016, April). Everything you Always Wanted to Know About the Zombie Apocalypse* But Didn’t Know to Ask: Psychoanalytic and Existential Aspects of the Contemporary Rise of Dystopian Myths. Paper presented at the University of La Vern, Departments of Communications & Psychology, La Verne, CA.
  • Cantz, P. (2015, October). It’s the End of the World as We Know It (…but No Worries): The Rise in Popularity of Dystopian Myths and our Immortal “Other”. Paper presented at the Psychology and the Other conference, Cambridge, MA.
  • Cantz, P. (2014, December). The Binding of Freud: Oedipus vs. Isaac & the Mythopoeic Underpinnings of Psychoanalysis. Paper presented at the The Centre for the Study of Myth at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
  • Cantz, P., Kim, E., Battista, P., Osten-Garner, K. (2015, January). A Renewed Call for the Elimination of the Postdoctoral Requirement as a Condition for Licensure in Clinical Psychology: Social Justice Meets Best Practices. Poster presented at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Mid-Winter Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Kaplan, K. J., Schwartz, M. B., Cantz, P., & Kaplan, D. L. & (2014, May). The Dreyfus(s) Boys: Devil’s Island versus The World Series (The Jewish Experience in Europe versus America). Paper presented at the 26th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture. Cooperstown, NY.
  • Cantz, P. (2014, March). A Biblical Response to the Pathologizing of Aging: Scientific, Medical, & Ethical Considerations. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Conference of Medicine and Religion. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
  • Cantz, P. (2013, October). Is Anti-Semitism the “Other” Misogony? A Psychodynamic Exploration of Genetic Commonalities. Paper presented at the Psychology & the Other conference, Cambridge, MA.
  • Cantz, P., Kaplan, D. L. & Kaplan, K. J. (2013, May). The Uniqueness of Baseball as an American Sport: A Psycho-Biblical Analysis. 25th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture. Cooperstown, NY.
  • Cantz, P. & Castle, M. A biblical response to death anxiety: Notes on the Babel narrative. 7th Annual Research Conference for Health, Religion, and Spirituality. Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN November 2012.
  • Kaplan, K. J. & Cantz, P. Increasing Hopefulness, Purpose and Resiliency: Applying the Biblical Conception of Time and Development. 7th Annual Research Conference for Health, Religion, and Spirituality. Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, November 2012.
  • Kaplan, K. J. & Cantz, P., Exline, J. J. & Grubs, J. Relating to God/Authority: Historical and Empirical Dimensions of Rebellion, Submission & Dialogue. Paper presented at APA Division 36 Mid-Year Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 30, 2012.
  • Cantz, P. & Kaplan, K. J. Cross Cultural Reflections on the Feminine “Other”: Hebraism and Hellenism Redux. Paper presented at the Psychology and the Other Conference, Cambridge, MA, Oct. 3, 2011.
  • Kaplan, K. J. & Cantz, P. Suicide Prevention and Life Promotion: A Biblical Way of Dealing with Life’s Darkest Times. Presented to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) panel on Suicide Prevention, Alexandria, VA, Sept. 8, 2011.
  • Cantz, P. Approaching self-authenticity: A psychodynamic inquiry into the spiritually-evocative potential of music. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of APA Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology, Chicago, IL, April 17, 2011.
  • Cantz, P. The Slaughter of Isaac: Oedipal Themes in the Akedah Narrative Revisited. Paper presented at the Myth, Literature and the Unconscious Conference, University of Essex, Colchester, England, Sept. 2010.

Awards

  • 2016 Double Chai in the Chi – Chicago's 36 under 36, Jewish Federation of Chicago, Young Leadership Division (YLD) and Oy!Chicago
  • 2014 Early Career Achievement Award, American Psychological Association (APA),
  • 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology