Scott Pytluk


Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy.



  • 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 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 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, incoming member of the Ethics Committee, and incoming Member-At-Large on the Board of Directors of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. 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.


  • 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. (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. (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.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (2007, September). Invited speaker, How to choose an appropriate therapist for GLBT clients. Monthly meeting of the Chicago Chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gay Men; Chicago, IL. Audience: Members of this particular PFLAG chapter.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (2006, January). "Gay Therapist + Straight Patient: A Not So Star-Crossed Couple." Panelist, Crossing-Over: Relational Dynamics in Cross Sexual Orientation Clinical Dyads. Invited panel conducted at the annual meeting of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy; Boston, MA. Audience: Peer attendees at this conference.


  • Pytluk, S.D. (April 24, 2014). Notes on Revenge & Forgiveness in the Lives of Gay Men. In Baring Outer Conflicts and Bearing Inner Conflicts: Revenge and Forgiveness Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Individuals and Perpetrators of Hate. Panel conducted at the Spring Meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39), American Psychological Association. New York, NY.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (March 23, 2013). Notes on revenge and forgiveness in the minds, hearts, and lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Invited paper for Revenge and Forgiveness: Working Through the Pain and Anger, annual conference of the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology and co-sponsored by the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Chicago, IL.
  • Pytluk, S.D. & Goggin, K. (October 19, 2012). Facilitator, A Selfless Psychoanalysis? Roundtable conducted at “Future & Illusions: Social Psychoanalytic Perspectives,” the Annual Conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (2011, April). Psychoanalysis and Diversity: A Course that Matters. Panelist, Demonstrating the Relevance of Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Innovations in Teaching. Panel conducted at Spring Meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39), American Psychological Association; New York, N.Y.
  • Pytluk, S.D. (2011, April). Panelist on Early Career Professionals Committee Invited Panel, Finding Our Way: Supervision, Narcissism, Generatively, and Empowerment. Panel conducted at Spring Meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39), American Psychological Association; New York, N.Y.

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