Scott Pytluk


Areas of Focus: Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy

Phone: 312-777-7693



  • Ph.D., Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology with Clinical Specialization, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1998.
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994.
  • B.A., Psychology with Honors, Magna Cum Laude, Brown University, 1990.


Scott D. Pytluk, Ph.D. is a Professor and Clinical Psychology faculty member at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago (ISPP, Chicago). Dr. Pytluk is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). 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, Chicago's PsyD in Clinical Psychology program Psychoanalytic Concentration, teaches courses in psychoanalytic theory and therapy, health and human dysfunction, and 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 currently a Member-At-Large on the Board of Directors of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association and was formally co-chair of Division 39’s Sexualities & Gender Identities Committee. Next year at Division 39’s annual conference, Dr. Pytluk will be presented with the Division 39 Diversity Award for his efforts at advancing the Division’s work in this area. Dr. Pytluk is currently an advanced candidate in Psychoanalysis at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP). 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.


  • Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy.
  • Sexuality and Gender Issues.
  • Eating Disorders.


  • American Psychological Association, 1992 - present.
  • Division 39, Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association , 1993 - present.
  • Division 44, Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, American Psychological Association, 1993-present.
  • International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy 2001 - present.
  • The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society, 2012 - present.

Selected Publications

  • Pytluk, S.D. (2017). Toxic Misogyny And (In?) Me. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27(3), 371-72.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (2014). “Psychoanalysis & Diversity”—A course that matters. The Psychoanalytic Activist, February 1, 2014 (The online newsletter for Section IX, Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility, Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association).
  • Pytluk, S.D. (2009). The Case of John: A generation gap in the clinical dyad. Psychoanalysis, Culture, & Society, 14(4), 350-355.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (2009). "Careful what you wish for": Reply to commentaries. Psychoanalysis, Culture, & Society, 14(4), 371-374.
  • Pytluk, S.D. & Debiak, D. (2007). Reflections on psychoanalysis & non-normative desire: An introduction. Psychoanalysis, Culture, & Society, 12, 21-25.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (2005). Book Review, Psychotherapy with gay men and lesbians: Contemporary dynamic approaches, Edited by Jack Drescher, Ann D'Ercole, & Erica Schoenberg. New York: Harrington Park Press, 2003. Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, 25(2), 46-48.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (2004). State of the art I: Introducing students to lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) Affirmative Psychoanalysis. Special Section: Psychoanalysis and LGBT Issues, Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, 24(2), 7-9.
  • Green, A.E-C, Dymek-Valentine, M., Pytluk, S, Le Grange, D, Alverdy, J. (2004). Psychosocial outcome of gastric bypass surgery for patients with and without binge eating. Obesity Surgery14(7), 975-985.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (2003). Transcending the body: Resolving body image disturbances in gay men. In J. Whitman, & C. Boyd, The Therapist's Notebook: Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual Clients. Binghamton, NY: Haworth.
  • Grimes, M. & Pytluk, S.D. (2003). Gay youth: Connecting to a gay community. In J. Whitman, & C. Boyd, The Therapist's Notebook: Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual Clients. Binghamton, NY: Haworth.
  • Casas, J.M., & Pytluk, S.D. (1995). Hispanic identity development: Implications for research and practice. In J. G. Ponterotto, J. M. Casas, L.A. Suzuki, & C. M. Alexander (Eds.), Handbook of multicultural counseling. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Selected Lectures

  • Pytluk, S.D. (August 17, 2017). Facilitator, Challenges in Clinical Supervision: A Workshop Part III. Invited Continuing education workshop conducted at Shared Vision Psychlological Services. Oak Brook, IL.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (November 3, 2016). Facilitator, Challenges in Clinical Supervision: A Workshop Part II. Invited Continuing education workshop conducted at Shared Vision Psychlological Services. Oak Brook, IL.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (2010, June). Psychoanalytic Case Discussant, Multitheory Case Conference. Argosy University/Illinois School of Professional Psychology Alumni Day. Argosy University, Chicago, IL. Audience: Alumni of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (2010, February). Case Discussant, Eating disorders, denial of desire and sexual orientation: A case discussion. Invited Continuing Education Program for the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology; Chicago, IL. Audience: Clinician and student members of CAPP.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (2008, June). LGBT Lifespan Development. Invited 6-hour Continuing Education Workshop offered by Live Oak, Inc. through the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago; Chicago Illinois. Audience: Professionals in mental health, case management, and related fields.

Selected Presentations

  • Pytluk, S.D. (April 30, 2017). Co-chair, A Murder Over a Girl. Panel conducted at the Spring Meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39), American Psychological Association. New York, NY.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (August 5, 2016). Panelist, Voices from Both Sides – The Multicultural Journey of Educators and Students. Symposium conducted at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (along with Bloomfield, J.) (February 26, 2016). Presenter, What should we do? Responding to sexual boundary violations in the psychotherapeutic setting. Panel presented at the Carribean Psychoanalytic Conference, Oracabessa, Jamaica.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (September 20, 2015). Live Case Consultant/Discussant, Second Case Presentation: Diversity in Gender and Sexuality: Understanding the Psychic Meaning in the Exploration of Identity and Expression. Invited presenter at annual Continuing Education Workshop “Clinical Days.” Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, Chicago, IL.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (April 24, 2015). Co-chair and discussant, Kink In the Mind and Body of the Beholder. Panel conducted at the Annual Spring Meeting of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

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