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Steen Halling, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Psychology


Steen Halling CV (PDF)


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

(2018). With Susan Toback, Dawn Loerch, Marie McNabb, Joanne Halverson, and Jennifer Reisberg.Executives’ experiences of envy in the workplace:  A collaborative phenomenological Study, The Humanistic Psychologist, 46 (4), 361-389.

 (2017). With Kevin Krycka, Erica Lille and George Sayre. “Vital Conversations: Pivoting past Impasses in Qualitative Research.” Journal of Humanistic Psychology.1-19

 (2016) with Jennifer Schulz, Kate Guts, Elizabeth Romatz and Adam Pierce. Aloneness is not the last word: A dialogal phenomenological study of deep connection.” In Fischer, C., Brooke, R., and Laubscher, L. (Eds.). A Qualitative vision for psychology: An Invitation to the Human Science Research Approach (pp. 49-70). Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press.

 (2016). With Karl Chan-Brown, Anne Douglass, Julia Keller, and Marie McNabb, What is money? A Qualitative Study of Money as Experienced. The Humanistic Psychologist,” 44 (2), 2016, 190-205.

 (2014) The Phenomenon as Muse: On Being Open to ‘Friendly Invasion,’Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, Vol 14, (1), May