Sally Schwer Canning, Ph.D.


Psychology Department

Professor of Psychology
On Faculty since 1994

Office: BGC M241
Phone: (630)752-7045
Fax: (630)752-7033


Post-doctoral training: Institute for Juvenile Research, UIC, Chicago, IL, 1994

Ph.D. Professional-Scientific Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, (APA Approved), 1994.

Internship: Hahnemann University Hospital (APA Approved), Philadelphia, PA, 1992-93

M.S. Ed. Psychological Services, University of Pennsylvania, 1988

B.A. Music Performance, Gettysburg College, 1982

Licensure & Certifications

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, 1997

About Sally Schwer Canning

A community/clinical-child psychologist, Dr. Canning is committed to learning from and serving urban, low-income, children and families-of-color, to linking the resources of faith-based community and campus organizations for the benefit of under-resourced communities, and to training psychologists for competent practice with underserved populations. Dr. Canning's work in the community supports the healthcare and educational objectives of faith-based community organizations serving poor, urban neighborhoods. Her current projects include a program of research on pregnancy and post partum mood disorders in low-income Latinos and African American populations and an integrative examination of the idea of "self-care" for helping professionals. Articles published by Dr. Canning may be found in Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, The Community Psychologist, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Health and Development, Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, Journal of Psychology and Theology, and the Journal of Psychology and Christianity. Dr. Canning and her husband and daughter are grateful to belong to a church on the West-side of Chicago that is committed to faith-based community development and racial reconciliation.

Courses Taught

  • Psyc 837 Developmental Psychopathology
  • Psyc 845 Child and Adolescent Interventions
  • Psyc 797 Practica-Seminar III-IV
  • Psyc 739 Community and Preventive Psychology
  • Psyc 714  Professional Development and Ethics I 

Membership in Professional Societies


Books and Book Chapters
Canning, S. S. & Jones, S. (2011). Community and preventive psychology. In S. Jones & R. Butman (Eds.), Modern Psychotherapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal. Second Edition. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press.

Canning, S. S. (2005). Psychological resources in faith-based community settings: Applications, adaptations, and innovations. In M. R. McMinn & A. W. Dominguez (Eds.), Psychology and the church, pp. 137-143. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Canning, S. S., Yangarber-Hicks, N., Behensky, C., Flanagan, K.S., Gibson, N. J. S., Hicks, M. W., Kimball, C. N., Pak, J. H., Plante, T., & Porter, S. L. (2006). Invitation to the table conversation: A few diverse perspectives on integration. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 25(4), 338-353.

Canning, S. S., Gregory, R. J., Lee, T. W. & Wise, J. C. (2004). Is cognitive bibliotherapy effective in treating depression? Clinician’s Research Digest, 22(12).

Meek, K. R. & Canning, S. S. (2002). Guest editors' page. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 21(4), 299-300. [Special Issue: Underserved Populations].

Canning, S. S., Neal, M., Fine, M. & Meese, K. J. (2002). Mental health: The hole in holistic Christian, community-based healthcare? Health and Development, (1),11-17. 

Canning, S.S. & Case, P., & Kruse, S. J. (2002). Contemporary Christian psychological scholarship and "the least of these": An empirical review. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 20(3), 205-223.

Kruse, S. J. & Canning, S. S. (2002). Practitioners' perceptions of vocational rewards in work with underserved groups: Implications for "rightsizing" the psychology workforce. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 33(1), 58-64. 

Meese, K.J., Watson, C.D., Haworth, B.D. & Canning, S. S. (2001). Growing community psychologists in clinical psychology contexts: A student perspective. The Community Psychologist, 34(3), 37-38.

McMinn, M. R., Meek, K. R., Canning, S. S. & Pozzi, C., F., (2001). Training psychologists to work with religious organizations: The Center for Church-Psychology Collaboration. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 32(3), 324-328. 

Kimball, C. N., Watson, T., Canning, S. S. & Brady, J. L. (2001). Missing Voices: Professional challenges for academic women. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 20(2), 132-144.

Canning, S.S., Pozzi, C. F., McNeil, J. D., & McMinn, M. R. (2000). Integration as service: Implications of faith-praxis integration for training. Journal of Psychology & Theology, Vol 28(3), pp. 201-211.

Canning, S.S. & Fantuzzo, J.W. (2000). Competent families, collaborative professionals: Empowered parent education for low-income African-American families. [Special Issue: Diverse families, competent families: Innovations in research and preventive intervention practice] Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 20(1/2), 179-196.

Canning, S.S. (1999, Winter). Stretching Procrusteus: True confessions on the road to cultural competence in community research and action. [Special Issue: Cultural competence in community research and action]. The Community Psychologist, 32(1), 30-32.

Canning, S. S., Manz, P., McWayne, C. & Fantuzzo, J. W. (March, 2007). Beyond the Institutional Review Board: Doing justice in community-based research. Symposium presented at the conference “Transformation of the Person in Christ,” sponsored by the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Philadelphia, PA.

Canning, S. S. & Etienne, N. (March, 2006). A moveable feast: Recovering hospitality in psychological practice. Paper presented at the conference sponsored by the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.

Canning, S. S. (September, 2005). Hospitality and incarnation: Recovering hospitality for justice in Christian healthcare practice and training. Paper presented at the conference “Justice, Spirituality and Pedagogy” sponsored by the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.

Canning, S. S., Arnold, D., & Halterman, M. (September, 2004). Building partnerships in support of mental health services. Workshop conducted at the annual conference of Catholic Charities, USA, Denver, CO.

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