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Scott Churchill

Psychology Department
United States of America


Scott D. Churchill is professor of psychology at the University of Dallas, where he has previously served as chair and founding director of its masters programs in psychology. A fellow of the American Psychological Association and past president of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32), Dr. Churchill was recently re-elected to the APA Council of Representatives and re-appointed as editor-in-chief of The Humanistic Psychologist, now published by APA Journals. He was recently elected by the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology as their representative to the executive board for APA’s Division of Quantitative and Qualitative Research (Div. 5). He currently serves on the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology's (Division 24) Task Force on Ethics, as well as on the editorial boards of Human Studies, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Qualitative Psychology, Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Qualitative Research in Psychology, Encyclopaideia: Journal of Phenomenology and Education, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, and The Janus Head. Dr. Churchill has presented keynotes and invited addresses at professional conferences around the world, including Australia, India, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy, and Poland. He has authored articles and book chapters in the fields of phenomenological research methodology, human-bonobo communication, second-person perspectivity, and empathy studies; and has developed and taught numerous courses over a 35-year period at the University of Dallas in phenomenological psychology, hermeneutics, depth psychology, projective techniques, primate studies, cinema studies, lifespan development, embodiment and sexuality, etc. In 2013 the American Psychological Association presented him with its "Mike Arons and E. Mark Stern Award for Outstanding Lifetime Service to the Society for Humanistic Psychology." In 2014 he was named a Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, and was co-named with the University of Dallas Psychology Department as recipient of the APA’s “Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award for Significant and Lasting Contributions to Humanistic Psychology.” Locally, Churchill is a fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and senior film and performing arts critic for the Irving Community Television Network. He has also been affiliated locally with the Jane Goodall Foundation’s Roots & Shoots program, and has helped to set up programs for them in Dallas, Trento, Bari, and Bangalore.

Research Interest

Phenomenology of the Body Human Suffering Trauma Adult Psychosocial Development Immigrant Experience The Other's Regard


  • Resolution to Amend the 2006 and 2013 Council Resolutions to Clarify the Roles of Psychologists Related to Interrogation and Detainee Welfare in National Security Settings, to Further Implement the 2008 Petition Resolution, and to Safeguard Against Acts of Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in All Settings. (Co-Author and Primary Mover.)American Psychological Association. (2015). Retrieved from: http://

  • Les dimensions descriptives et interprétatives de la recherche phénoménologique. Complémentaires ou mutuellement exclusives? Recherches Qualitatives, Volume 35(2), 2016, pp. 45-63. (ISSN 1715 8702)

  • Resonating with Meaning in the Lives of Others: Invitation to empathic understanding. In C.T. Fischer, R. Brooke, & L. Laubscher (Eds). The Qualitative Vision for Psychology: An Invitation to a Human Science Approach (pp 91-116), Duquesne University Press, 2016.

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