Scott D. Pytluk, Ph.D. is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Chicago. Dr. Pytluk grew up in New York City, did his undergraduate work at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and received his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology with a specialization in Clinical at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His dissertation research focused on the relationship between early attachment and adult high-risk behavior among people with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Pytluk settled in Chicago after doing his pre-doctoral internship at Michael Reese Hospital. Dr. Pytluk coordinates ISPP's Psychoanalytic Concentration, teaches courses in psychoanalytic theory and therapy and in issues of diversity and difference. He also advises the campus's "A2Z" group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and heterosexual allies. Dr. Pytluk had the honor of receiving the "Outstanding Faculty of the Year" award in 2003 and was named University Fellow when he won the "Outstanding Faculty" award in 2008.
In addition to his academic position, Dr. Pytluk maintains a private practice in downtown Chicago in long-term individual and couples psychotherapy as well as consultation/supervision. He formerly directed the Eating Disorders Center at the Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana. Dr. Pytluk is the current co-chair of the Sexualities & Gender Identities Committee of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association and is a member of that Division's Ethics committee. Dr. Pytluk is currently a Candidate in Psychoanalysis at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP) and serves on CCP's Board. Dr. Pytluk writes and presents on topics such as insight-oriented treatment with gay male clients, gay-affirmative psychoanalytic theory and therapy, clinical supervision and ethnic identity. In his free time, he enjoys both playing and listening to classical music and opera and eating and cooking good food with family and friends.