David Van Dyke, Ph.D.


Psychology Department

Marriage and Family Therapy Program Director and Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
On Faculty since 2012

Office: BGC M204
Phone: (630)752-5175
Fax: (630)752-7033


Ph.D., University of Georgia – Child & Family Development, 2000

Fellow, Chicago Center for Family Health, 2000

M.S., Fuller Theological Seminary – Marriage & Family Therapy, 1995

B.A., Wheaton College – Psychology, 1991

Licensure and Certifications

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Illinois) -- #166000545

About David Van Dyke

We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them." – Martin Buber

It is within the context of relationship and community that we experience God. The difficulty many of us have is focusing on our relational choice as an act of worship and not the behavior or ‘worthiness’ of the other. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Dr. Van Dyke focuses on the relational dances we perform. Each individual is constantly imbedded in multiple contexts that provide possibilities and constraints. These mutual-influencing cycles between the individual and their contexts are the focus of Dr. Van Dyke’s teaching and scholarship. His interests are adolescents and their families and integration of Christian faith and systems thinking. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, he has a small practice working with couples and families in Wheaton. In his personal time he likes traveling with his family, cheering (maybe too enthusiastically) his four children on in their activities, and occasionally ruining a good walk by chasing a golf ball around the woods.

Courses Taught

  • Individual & Family Development
  • Family Therapy & Theory
  • Supervision in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Families in Context
  • Couples Therapy
  • Integration: Psychology & Religion

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Fellow
  • Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapists  
        Past-President and Board Member of Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies


Dr. Van Dyke’s writing and scholarship interests also include integration of Christian faith and systemic thought, adolescent development and family functioning, and multiple family group interventions.


Journal Articles

Van Dyke, D.J., & Hovis, R. (2014). Systemic critique of the DSM-5: A medical model for human problems and suffering. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 33(1), 83-88.

Quinn, W.H., & Van Dyke, D.J. (2004). A multiple family group intervention for first-time juvenile offenders: Comparisons with probation and dropouts on recidivism. Journal of Community Psychology, 32, 177 - 200.

Low, R.K., Van Dyke, D.J., & Brown, L. (2013). The impact of a digital recorder intervention in pragmatic/experiential therapy for couples: A pilot study to access emotional flooding. Contemporary Family Therapy, 35(1), 1-13.

Van Dyke, D.J. & Quinn, W.H. (2000). [Review of the book Working with families: An integrative model by level of need]. Journal of family psychotherapy, 11(1).

Book Chapters

Rueger, S., & Van Dyke, D.J. (2014). Family systems and developmental psychopathology. In S. Hall & K. Flanagan (Eds.) Christianity and developmental psychopathology: Theory and application for working with youth. IVP Academic.

Van Dyke, D.J. (2011). Family theory and therapy. In S. Jones & R. Butman (Eds.), Modern Psychotherapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal, Second Edition. IVP Academic.

Van Dyke, D.J. (2004). Family interview of an individual. In R.J. Craig (Ed.),.  Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing (2nd Ed.). Jason Aronson.

Quinn, W.H., Van Dyke, D.J., & Kurth, S. (2002). Theory-driven and research-informed brief treatments. In C.R. Figley (Ed.), Brief Treatments for the Traumatized: A Project of the Green Cross Foundation. Greenwood Press.

Quinn, W.H., & Van Dyke, D.J. (2002). At-risk youth in the United States: Current status, family influences, and the family solutions program. In I. Pervova (Ed.), People, Time and Society. St. Petersburg, Russia: St. Petersburg State University.

Selected Presentations

Van Dyke, D.J. Couple therapy: Strengthening intimate connections through vulnerability. Invited speaker: Instituto da Familia. Londrina, Brazil April 25-26, 2014.

Van Dyke, D.J. & Suth, A.B. Neurobiological bases for working with children and families. 70th AAMFT Conference. Forth Worth, TX September 22-25, 2011.

Van Dyke, D.J. Navigating turbulent waters: Adolescents and transition to adulthood. The University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center and the Chicago Center for Family Health: A professional Education Institute. Chicago, IL June 10, 2011.

Habben, CM & Van Dyke, D.J. Ethics Track: Ethical considerations of practice in a church setting. 69th AAMFT Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. Sep. 23 – 26, 2010.

McMahon, M. & Van Dyke, D.J. The impact of tantra on couple’s intimacy and sexual experience. XVI World International Family Therapy Association Congress. Porto, Portugal March 26 – 29, 2008.

White, M. & Van Dyke, D. J. How parents and adolescents view Conservative Jewish Identity. 65th AAMFT Annual Conference. Long Beach, CA. Oct. 11 – Oct. 14, 2007.

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