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Frederick J. Wertz

Dr. Fred Wertz

Professor Emeritus

Curriculum Vitae

Email: wertz@fordham.edu

In 2020, I retired from Fordham University and have moved to Michigan and remain engaged as Professor Emeritus.  I continue to teach courses and mentor dissertations in various universities, offer workshops, collaborate on research projects, serve APA governance on the Council of Representatives, and practice psychotherapy on a limited basis.

Education

  • 1973 - BA, Beloit College, Psychology Major
  • 1974 - MA in Psychology, Duquesne University
  • 1982 - PhD in Psychology, Duquesne University
    Dissertation Title: Dialog with the New Look: An historical critique and a descriptive approach to everyday perceptual process. (Mentor: Amedeo Giorgi)

Major Research Interests

  • Research methodology
  • Qualitative and mixed methods
  • Philosophical foundations of psychology
  • Phenomenological and existential psychology
  • Psychological theory
  • History of Psychology
  • Humanism
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Science studies
  • Indigenous psychologies

Courses

  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods for Psychology
  • Psychoanalytic Theories
  • Philosophical Foundations of Psychology
  • The Freudian Case History
  • Supervision and Consultation
  • Psychology and Human Values
  • Sport Psychology
  • Supervision of Psychotherapy Externs

Honors, Elected Positions, and Professional Affiliations

  • Distinguished Contributions to Qualitative Inquiry Award, American Psychological Association, Division of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (5), 2019.
  • Faculty Award, Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society, Fordham University Chapter, 2017.
  • Council of Representatives, American Psychological Association (APA), elected by the Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (24), APA, 2017-2019.
  • President, Society for Qualitative Research in Psychology, a section of the Division of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (5), American Psychological Association, 2016-2017.
  • President-Elect, Society for Qualitative Research in Psychology, a section of the Division of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (5), American Psychological Association. 2015-2016.
  • The Rollo May Award, for independent and outstanding pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology, by the Society for Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, 2014.
  • Section Representative, Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology, Executive Board of Division of Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics (5), American Psychological Association, 2013-2015.
  • President, Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP), 2011-2014.
  • Fellows Chair, Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2012-2013.
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association, with Fellow status in the Society for Theoretical & Philosophical Psychology (24) and the Society for Humanistic Psychology (32) (since1995) and the Divisions of General Psychology (1) and Evaluation, Statistics and Measurement (5) (since 2013).
  • Editor in Chief, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 1993-2010.
  • Distinguished Service Award, The Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, 2007.
  • Executive Board (Secretary), American Psychological Association Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32), 2005-2011.
  • Outstanding Professor and Mentor Award, Graduate Student Association, The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Fordham University, 2006
  • President, Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, American Psychological Association (24), 1998-1999.
  • President, The Society for Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association (32), 1994-1995.
  • Phi Beta Phi Honor Society, Fordham University Chapter, since 1988.
  • Walter H. Bingham Fellow, Beloit College, 1973. Awarded annually to the outstanding graduating psychology student.

For a complete list, please see CV.

Recent Publications

  • Wertz, F.J. (in press).  Objectivity and generality in psychological science: The value of explicating fundamental methods.  Qualitative Psychology.
  • Kamens, S.R. † & Wertz, F.J. (in press).  Chapters 1-8 & 10.  In S.R. Kamens (ed.), Reconceptualizing Schizophrenia: Urhomelessness and Transcultural Phenomenology. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Publishing.
  • Hu, B.† & Wertz, F,J. (2019).  In and out of exile: An integrative phenomenological understanding of Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome.  Psychosis, DOI: 10.1080/17522439.1693613.  http://doi.org/10.1080/17522439.1693613
  • Wertz, F.J. (2018).  Qualitative methods as fundamental tools: Autonomy and integration in mixed-methods research.  In B. Schiff (Ed.), Situating qualitative methods in psychological science. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Publishing.
  • Wertz, F.J., Desai, M.U., Maynard, E., Morrissey, M.K., Rotter, B., & Skoufalos, N.C. (2017). Research methods for person-centered healthcare science: Fordham studies of transcendence and suffering.  In M. Englander (Ed.), Phenomenology and the social foundations of psychiatry, pp. 95-120.  London: Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Wertz, F.J. (2017).  A case of spirituality without belief.  InterViews: An Interdisciplinary Journal in Social Sciences, 4(1), 82-88.
  • Desai, M.U., Wertz, F.J., Davidson, L., Karasz, A. (2017).  Regaining good in the world: What matters to persons diagnosed as depressed in primary care.  Mental Health in Family Medicine, 13, 381-388.
  • Wertz, F.J. (2016).  Outline of the relationship among transcendental phenomenology, phenomenological psychology, and the sciences of persons.  Schutzian Research: A Yearbook in Lifeworldly Phenomenology and Qualitative Social Sciences, 8, 139-162. 
  • Levitt, H. M., Motulsky, S. L., Wertz, F. J., Morrow, S. L., & Ponterotto, J. G. (2016, November 7); Recommendations for Designing and Reviewing Qualitative Research in Psychology: Promoting Methodological Integrity. Qualitative Psychology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/qup0000082/    
  • Mattson, M., Wertz, F.J., Fogerty, H., & Zibriskie, B. (Eds.) (2015). Carl Jung in the Academy and Beyond: The Fordham Lectures of 1912. New York: The Spring Press.
  • Wertz, F.J. (2015). Phenomenology: Methods, historical development, and applications in psychology. In J. Martin, J. Sugarman, and K. Slaney (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Wertz, F.J. (2015). Jung’s Break with Freud Revisited: Research Method and the Character of Theory in Psychoanalysis. In M. Mattson, F. Wertz, H. Fogerty & B. Zibriskie, B. (Eds.), Carl Jung in the Academy and Beyond: The Fordham Lectures of 1912. New York: The Spring Press.
  • Wertz, F.J. & †Olbert, C. (2015). The convergence of Freud’s psychoanalysis and Husserl’s phenomenology on a research approach for human sciences. In R. Brooke, C. Fischer, & L. Laubscher (Eds.), Invitation to psychology as a human science. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press.
  • Wertz, F.J. (2015). Humanistic psychology and the qualitative research tradition. In K.J. Schneider, J.F. Pierson, & J.F.T. Bugental (Eds.) The handbook of humanistic psychology: Theory, research, and practice. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Wertz, F.J., Charmaz, K., McMullen, L., Josselson, R., Anderson, R., McSpadden, E.  (2011).  Five ways of doing qualitative analysis: Phenomenological psychology, grounded theory, discourse analysis, narrative research, and intuitive inquiry.  New York: Guilford Press.
  • Wertz, F.J. (2010).  The method of eidetic analysis for psychology.  In T.F. Cloonan & C. Thiboutot (Eds.), The redirection of psychology:  Essays in honor of Amedeo P. Giorgi, pp. 261-278. Montréal, Québec:  Le Cercle Interdisciplinaire de Recherches Phénoménologiques (CIRP), l’Université du Québec à Montréal et Rimouski.

For a complete list, please see CV: All publications are available on request.

(† indicates student co-author)

Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis
Wertz, F.J., Charmaz, K., McMullen, L., Josselson, R., Anderson, R., McSpadden, E. (2011). Five ways of doing qualitative analysis: Phenomenological psychology, grounded theory, discourse analysis, narrative research, and intuitive inquiry. New York: Guil
Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis