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Faculty Profile - David Van Dyke

David Van Dyke, Ph.D.

Marriage and Family Therapy Program Director and Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

On Faculty since 2012
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"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. Many of us have difficulty 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.

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

Chicago Center for Family Health
Fellow, 2000

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

Wheaton College
B.A., Psychology, 1991

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

  • Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Systems Thinking Models
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Fellow
  • Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies

Couple therapy: Strengthening intimate connections through vulnerability.
Invited speaker: Instituto da Familia, Londrina, Brazil

Neurobiological bases for working with children and families
70th AAMFT Conference, Forth Worth, TX

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

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

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.

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

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

Family systems and developmental psychopathology, Christianity and developmental psychopathology: Theory and application for working with youth
Rueger, S., & Van Dyke, D.J., 2014