Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Migalski graduated 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 Uptown and Edgewater for 25 years. Dr. Migalski studied clinical psychology at Auburn University, Alabama 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, Illinois. 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, qualitative research methods, and LGBTQ+ psychology.
Dr. Migalski is a member of both the American Psychological Association and the Illinois Psychological Association; and his research/clinical interests include mood, anxiety, and personality disorders, relational trauma and bullying, broad issues affecting members of the LGBTQ+ community, intersectionality of racial, gender, and sexual identities, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, gender fluidity in children/adolescents, and the differential diagnosis of 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. Additionally, Dr. Migalski is an oral historian who studies LGBTQ+ narratives, especially stories of activism, coming out, living with HIV/AIDS, and resilience.
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.