Academic and Professional Affiliations
Dr. Douglas Morrison serves on the faculty of Northwestern University Feinberg School
of Medicine as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral
Sciences. He has been a Doctoral Level Health Professional member of the Medical
Staff of Northwestern Memorial Hospital since 1989. He was licensed as a clinical
psychologist in Illinois in 1987, and has been in private practice for more than 20
years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Illinois
Psychological Association, and the Intrapsychic Humanism Society.
Academic and Clinical Background
Dr. Morrison earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Hampshire College,
and his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Northwestern University, including
a doctoral internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Family Institute of
Chicago. His doctoral research focused on the diagnostic process in which clinicians
come to understand patients, and he has published a method of assessing difficulties
with alcohol and drugs. After graduating from Northwestern University, he left a position
at the Psychiatric Institute of the Circuit Courts of Cook County to join the Chemical
Dependence Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a Staff Psychologist.
He went on to serve as Associate Director of Outpatient Services in this program,
and led a clinical team in the hospital’s Rehabilitation Program for patients with serious
psychiatric disorders. He established his private practice of clinical psychology on a
full-time basis in 1992, and has provided care to patients in this practice continuously
since then. During this time, Dr. Morrison has been engaged in post-doctoral clinical
training in Inner Humanism, and this thoughtful and helpful model has guided and
enriched his work.
Teaching and Service
As a faculty member at Northwestern University, Dr. Morrison has been involved
in the clinical supervision of psychology graduate students and psychology interns
in the areas of psychotherapy, psychological evaluation, and chemical dependence.
He has taught in the areas of professional ethics and history of psychology. His
interest in ethical practice led to an appointment to the Ethics Committee of the Illinois
Psychological Association, where he consulted to professionals and to the public on
ethical issues, and adjudicated formal complaints regarding unprofessional behavior