Steen Halling, PhD

PhD, Clinical Psychology

Professor Emeritus, Psychology

Phone: 206.296.5400

Building/Room: HRDG 140



Steen Halling is a licensed psychologist and Professor of Psychology; he has taught at Seattle University since 1976, and has served as department chair as well as director of the MA program. Before coming to Seattle, he taught at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. His PhD is from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. Currently he teaches in the MA program in existential-phenomenological psychology (Issues in Psychotherapy, Qualitative Research methods, and Desperate Styles) and in the undergraduate program (Introduction to Counseling, Psychology of Forgiveness, Abnormal psychology, and Qualitative Research Methods). 

His research and publications have focused on topics such as psychology of forgiveness, phenomenological study of psychopathology, psychology of hopelessness, interpersonal relations, and qualitative research methods.  He is editor of the International Human Science Research Conference Newsletter, co-editor, with Ronald S. Valle of Existential-Phenomenological Perspectives in Psychology (Plenum, 1989), and author of  Intimacy, Transcendence, and Psychology: Connection and Openness in Everyday Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Teaching and Research Interests

Qualitative Research, Psychology of Forgiveness, Interpersonal Relations, Phenomenological psychology, Understanding disturbed behavior.

Recent Publications

(forthcoming)Truth and the Rhythm of Phenomenological Research, In Thomas Cloonan (Ed.). Essays in Honor of Amedeo Giorgi. Montreal: Cercle Interdisciplinaire de Recherches Phénoménologiques

(forthcoming). Psychology and the eclipse of forgiveness. In Michael Barber, Lester Embree, and Thomas J. Nenon (Eds). Phenomenology 2008. Volume 5, Selected Essays from North America, Zeta Books, Bucharest.

(forthcoming). Teaching Phenomenology through Highlighting Experience. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology

(2008). Review of Les Todres’ “Embodied inquiry: Phenomenological touchstones for research, psychotherapy and spirituality.” Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 39, 241-243.

(2008) Intimacy, transcendence, and psychology: Closeness and openness in everyday life . New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2007). When more is better: Dialoguing with video data. (with George Sayre). The Humanistic Psychologist. 35, (4), 387-400.

(2006). Existential-phenomenological psychotherapy in the trenches: A collaborative approach to serving the underserved (with Marie McNabb & Jan O. Rowe). Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 37, 171-196.

(2006) The emergence of the dialogal approach: Forgiving Another (with Jan O. Rowe & Michael Leifer). In C. T. Fischer (Ed.). Qualitative research methods for psychologists: Introduction through empirical studies (pp.173-212). New York: Academic Press.