Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Steven Migalski attended Holy Cross High School in the 1980s before graduating from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1990. The grandson of immigrants from Italy and Poland, he feels a strong connection to the rich cultural diversity of the city, and he has been a resident of Andersonville and Edgewater for 25 years. Dr. Migalski studied clinical psychology at Auburn University, AL and earned his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology after completing his residency at Northwestern University’s Division of Counseling and Psychological Services in Evanston, IL. He served as Director of Psychology for several years at The Josselyn Center, and is now in his 17th year on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Adler University where he teaches psychological assessment, psychotherapy, research methods, and child/adolescent psychology.
Dr. Migalski is a member of both the American Psychological Association and the IL Psychological Association; and his research interests include community based screening for depression and other mood disorders, relational trauma and bullying in the LGBT community, psychoanalytic conceptualizations of depression, HIV prevention, gender fluidity in children, and ADHD. He works from a contemporary psychoanalytic framework and believes that the therapeutic alliance is the preeminent mechanism through which growth and healthy change occur in all of the psychotherapies.
He has been a mental health contributor to “The Afternoon Shift” on WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR affiliate, and has presented on the DSM-5 at NYU/Post-Graduate Medical School, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Recently, he was keynote speaker at the National Conference of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association in Charlotte, NC. In his free time, he enjoys biking the lakefront path, travel, cooking, and exploring Chicago’s neighborhoods.