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Will W. Adams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

238 Rockwell Hall
Phone: 412.396.6520


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Duquesne University, 1993
M.A., Psychology, West Georgia College, 1985
B.S., Business, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1980

Will W. Adams completed a B.S. at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Psychology at West Georgia College, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Duquesne University.  He previously served as a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.   He works as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, and as psychotherapist and ecopsychologist in private practice.  Dr. Adams' scholarship has appeared in The Humanistic Psychologist, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, ReVision, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Existential Analysis, and Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought.   He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Humanistic Psychologist and The Journal of Humanistic Psychology Dr. Adams' special interests include ecopsychology, contemplative spirituality, and psychotherapy. 

Regarding his theoretical approach, he works from a perspective that integrates existential and hermeneutic phenomenology, relational psychoanalysis, Gestalt therapy, transpersonal psychology, and contemplative spirituality (especially Zen Buddhism and Christian mysticism).  He is blessed with a wonderful wife, daughter, and son.

Dr. Adams may be reached at adamsw@duq.edu, 412-396-6520, and at Duquesne University, Department of Psychology, 544 College Hall, Pittsburgh, PA  15282. 

Recent Publications

Adams, W. W. (in press). Ecopsychology by way of phenomenology. In, Invitation to Psychology as a Human Science.

Adams, W. W. (In Press). Nature-healing-body-healing-nature...: Embodied, relational, gestalt ecopsychology. In, Embodied relational Gestalt: Advances in somatic theory and practice.

Adams, W. W. (2014). Intimate responsivity as essence-calling-path-fruition: Eco(psycho)logical ethics via Zen Buddhist phenomenology. In D. Vakoch & F. Castrillion (Eds.), Ecopsychology, Phenomenology, and the Environment: The Experience of Nature. New York: Springer.

Adams, W. W. (2010). Basho's therapy for Narcissus: Nature as intimate other and transpersonal self. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 50(1), 38-64.

Adams, W. W. (2010). Intimate participation as our essence, calling, and path: Nonduality, Buddhist Psychology, and our ecological imperative. Revision, 31(3&4), 48-53.

Adams, W. W. (2010). Nature's participatory Psyche: A study of consciousness in the shared earth community. The Humanistic Psychologist, 38(1), 15-39.

Adams, W. W. (2007). The Primacy of Interrelating: Practicing Ecological Psychology With Buber, Levinas, and Merleau-Ponty.' Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 38(1), 24-61.

Adams, W. W. (2006). William Blake's Integral Psychology: Reading Blake and Ken Wilber Together.' Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 38(1), 55-72.

Adams, W. W. (2006). The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, Ecopsychology, and the Crisis of Extinction: On Annihilating and Nurturing Other Beings, Relationships, and Ourselves.' The Humanistic Psychologist, 34(2), 111-133.

Adams, W. W. (2006). Love, Open Awareness, and Authenticity: A Conversation With William Blake and D.W. Winnicott.' Inaugural article in the -Art and Science at the Crossroads' series in Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 46(1), 9-35.

Adams, W. W. (2005). Ecopsychology and Phenomenology: Toward a Collaborative Engagement.' Existential Analysis, 16(2), 9-35.

Adams, W. W. (2001). Making Daemons of Death and Love: Frankenstein, Existentialism, Psychoanalysis.' Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 41(4),  57-89.

Adams, W. W. (1999). The Interpermeation of Self and World: Empirical Research, Existential Phenomenology, and Transpersonal Psychology.' Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 30(2), 39-67.

Adams, W. W. (1996). Discovering the Sacred in Everyday Life: An Empirical Phenomenological Study. Featured Research Report in The Humanistic Psychologist, 24(3), 1996, 28-54.

Adams, W. W. (1995). Revelatory Openness Wedded With the Clarity of Unknowing: Psychoanalytic Evenly Suspended Attention, the Phenomenological Attitude, and Meditative Awareness. Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, 18(4), 463-494.

Adams, W. W. (1984). Rediscovering Trust: Towards an Alternative Psychotherapy. Pastoral Psychology, 33(1), 5-14.

Other Scholarly Work
Psychology, Religion & Spirituality, PSYC 260
Introduction to Psychotherapy, PSYC 545
Ecopsychology, PSYC 675

This course explores the interdependence of human well-being - biological, psychological, socio-cultural, and spiritual - and the well-being of rest of nature. And so too our lack of well-being. We consider how our current eco(psycho)logical peril calls for a real transformation in consciousness, culture, and relationship, key areas of psychology's expertise. And we address the relevance of ecopsychology for clinical practice, socially engaged research and action, and contemplative spirituality. The course involves textual study, lecture, conversation, and experiential activities. Open to graduate students in all disciplines. No prerequisites required.