Thomas Teo

Professor

Dr.

Locations / Contact Info:

231 BSB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 40553

Email address(es):

tteo@yorku.ca

Web site(s):

https://yorku.academia.edu/ThomasTeo

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology

Degrees

Mag. rer. nat. - 1986
Vienna
Austria

Dr. phil - 1992
Vienna
Austria

Biography

Thomas Teo is a professor of psychology in the History and Theory of Psychology Program at York University (Toronto, Canada). He was born in in London, England and earned his Mag. rer. nat and Dr. phil. in psychology from the University of Vienna in Austria. From 1992 to 1995 he worked as a post-doc and then research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin, Germany. He started his professional track at York University in Canada in 1996. He is Past-President of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) and current (2016-2017) President of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (Division 24). He was twice Chair of the History and Philosophy of Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). He is Fellow of CPA and APA. He is former editor of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (2009-2014). Recently (2014), he edited and published an international 4-volume Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (Springer, New York) and co-authored (R. Walsh, T. Teo, A. Baydala) the textbook A Critical History and Philosophy of Psychology: Diversity of Context, Thought, and Practice with Cambridge University Press. With a research record with more than 200 refereed publications and presentations, he has been active in the advancement of theoretical, philosophical, and historical psychology from a critical perspective throughout his professional career. His research has been meta-psychological in order to provide a more reflexive understanding of the foundations, trajectories, and possibilities of human subjectivity. He considers his research program to lay the foundations for the psychological humanities.

Selected Publications


  • 2012-2017



 




  • Aalbers, D., & Teo, T. (2017). The American Psychological Association and the torture complex: A phenomenology of the banality and workings of bureaucracy. Journal für Psychologie, 25(1), 179-204.

  • Teo, T. (2017). Spranger, Eduard. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences (pp. 1-3). Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_2037-1

  • Teo, T. (2016). Embodying the conduct of everyday life: From subjective reasons to privilege. In E. Schraube & Ch. Hojholt (Eds.), Psychology and the conduct of everyday life (pp.111-123). London: Routledge.

  • Teo, T. (2016). Acquired color blindness: How a deficiency became a virtue [Review of the book The myth of racial color blindness: Manifestations, dynamics, and impact, by H, A. Neville, M. E. Gallardo, and D. Wing Sue (Eds.)]. PsycCRITIQUES, 61(6). http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0040110

  • Teo, T. (2015). Critical psychology: A geography of intellectual engagement and resistance. American Psychologist, 70(3), 243-254. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038727

  • Teo, T. (2015). Are psychological “ethics codes” morally oblique? Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 35(2), 78-89. doi: 10.1037/a0038944

  • Teo, T. (2015). 从理论和哲学视角看批判心理学 [Critical psychology from theoretical and philosophical perspectives] (B. Wang, Trans.). In Y. Zhang (Ed.), Register of Critical Theory of Society (Vol. 6, pp. 2-34). Nanjing, China: Jiangsu People’s Publishing.

  • Teo, T. (2015). Theoretical psychology: A critical-philosophical outline of core issues. In I. Parker (Ed.), Handbook of critical psychology (pp.117-126). New York: Routledge.

  • Teo, T. (2015). Historical thinking as a tool for theoretical psychology: On objectivity. In J. Martin, J. Sugarman & K. L. Slaney (Eds.), The Wiley handbook of theoretical and philosophical psychology: Methods, approaches and new directions for social sciences (pp. 135-150). New York: Wiley.

  • Teo, T. (2015). Essay on an aesthetics of resistance. In J. Cresswell, A. Haye, A. Larrain, M. Morgan & G. Sullivan (Eds.), Dialogue and debate in the making of theoretical psychology (pp. 303-310). Concord, ON: Captus.

  • Teo, T., Gao, Z., & Sheivari, R. (2014). Philosophical reflexivity in social justice work. In C. V. Johnson & H. Friedman (Eds.), The Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology (pp. 65-78). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

  • Walsh, R., Teo, T., & Baydala, A. (2014). A critical history and philosophy of psychology: Diversity of context, thought, and practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

  • Teo, T. (Ed.) (2014). Encyclopedia of critical psychology. New York: Springer.

  • Teo, T. (2014). Systems of critiques. In T. Teo (Ed.) Encyclopedia of critical psychology (pp. 1913-1920). New York: Springer.

  • Teo, T. (2014). Epistemological violence. In T. Teo (Ed.) Encyclopedia of critical psychology (pp. 593-596). New York: Springer.

  • Teo, T. (2014). Editorial. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 34(4), 213. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0037959

  • Teo, T. (2013). Agnotology in the dialectics of the history and philosophy of psychology. Theory & Psychology, 23(6), 840-851. [Comment] doi: 10.1177/0959354313504838

  • Teo, T. (2013). Backlash against American psychology: An indigenous reconstruction of the history of German critical psychology. History of Psychology, 16(1), 1-18. doi: 10.1037/a0030286

  • Teo, T. (2013). Sciences of the living dead: Race, psychology, and epistemic pollution. In A. Marvakis, J. Motzkau, D. Painter, R. Ruto-Korir, G. Sullivan, S. Triliva & M. Wieser (Eds.), Doing psychology under new conditions (pp. 122-130). Concord, ON: Captus.

  • Teo, T. (2012). Psychology is still a problematic science and the public knows it. American Psychologist, 67(12), 807-808. [Comment] doi: 10.1037/a0030084

  • Teo, T. (2012). Critical psychology. In R. Rieber (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the history of psychological theories (pp. 236-248). New York: Springer.



 



 


Other Research Outputs

2015-2017 Peer-reviewed presentations

Teo, T. (2017, March). The epistemic, practical, and emancipatory interests of the psychological humanities in theoretical reflection. In T. Teo (Chair), Re-envisioning theoretical psychology: Rebels with(out) a cause? Symposium (Presidential Forum) conducted at the Midwinter Meeting of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Division 24 of the American Psychological Association, Richmond, Virginia.

Teo, T. (2017, March). Teaching critical-theoretical psychology. In B. Wiggins (Chair), Sharing Teaching Practices in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. Symposium conducted at the Midwinter Meeting of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Division 24 of the American Psychological Association, Richmond, Virginia.

Teo, T. (2016, August). From psychology’s nihilism to social justice as a categorical imperative in psychology. In S. Soldz & O. Yakushko (Cochairs), Ethics of social justice / social justice of ethics: Implications for psychologists and psychology. Symposium conducted at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Teo, T. (2016, August). Pedagogical nihilism and counter concepts in the teaching of psychology In J. Lamiell (Chair), On the role of graduate-level coursework in the conceptual foundations of psychology. Discussion conducted at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Teo, T. (2016, July). Critical psychologies, indigenous realities, and the problem of truth. In T. Teo (Organizer), Critical Psychology around the World (II): Dialectics of critique
in indigenous and global psychologies
. Symposium conducted at the 31st International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan.

Teo, T. (2016, July). A history of contact zones between European and North American critical psychologies. In A. Kaulino (Organizer), History of psychology and critical psychology (II): Reconstructing the international geography of intellectual and practical critique. Symposium conducted at the 31st International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan.

Teo, T. (2016, March). What does “giving psychology away” have to do with neoliberalism? On the dialectics of critique, “inner emigration,” and action. In J. Sugarman (Chair), Psychology and the Neoliberal Condition. Symposium conducted at the Midwinter Meeting of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Division 24 of the American Psychological Association, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Teo, T. (2015, August). From ideology to “bodiology”: Elements of a critical theory of subjectivity. In S. Kirschner (Chair), The indispensable subject of psychology: Theory and research on subjectivity. Symposium conducted at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.

Teo, T. (2015, August). Psychology, love, and common wealth. In M. Arfken (Chair), Diversity and unity beyond the status quo: Psychological knowledge and society. Symposium conducted at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.

Teo, T. (2015, June). Subjectivity of the scientist: Can researchers have false consciousness? In J. Yen (Chair), A new psychology of science and technology. Symposium conducted at the International Society for Theoretical Psychology conference, Coventry, UK.

Teo, T. (2015, June). Teaching for “resistance” in theoretical psychology. In B. Piekkola (Chair), Teaching theoretical psychology. Symposium conducted at the International Society for Theoretical Psychology conference, Coventry, UK.

Teo, T. (2015, June). What is a critical (psychological) theory? In J. Burman (Organizer), Discussion with the editors: What is theory? And why should you care? Discussion session conducted at the Jean Piaget Society Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Teo, T. (2015, March). Ethics codes, pragmatics and morality: A critical assessment. In J. Sugarman (Chair), Critical perspectives on psychological ethics. Symposium conducted at the Midwinter Meeting of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Division 24 of the American Psychological Association, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Invited Presentations

Teo, T. (2016, August). Discussant. In L. Sundararajan (Chair), Indigenous psychology: New Developments in Theory and Research. Symposium conducted at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Teo, T. (2016, July). Discussant. In Y. Igarashi and H. Stam (Co-organizers), Critical psychology around the world (I): Theoretical psychology against the mainstream and local contexts for a global psychology. Symposium conducted at the 31st International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan.

Teo, T. (2016, April). What is wrong with the public and how did ‘giving psychology away’ become a problem? Invited presentation at the Sigmund Freud Privatuniversitaet, Vienna, Austria.

Teo, T. (2015, June). What is theoretical psychology good for anyway? Invited presentation at the Sigmund Freud Privatuniversitaet, Vienna, Austria.

Teo, T. (2015, May). Contact zones between critical-theoretical psychology and qualitative research. Invited keynote presentation at the Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry for the Special Interest Group Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Supervision

Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

My current research focuses on:

(a) Psychological humanities: This research is located within the History and Theory of Psychology Program at York University, one of the very few programs in the world where faculty and students pursue advanced research on historical and theoretical issues of psychology. The proposed project has three major goals: (i) To lay out the conceptual foundations for a major research initiative that is labeled psychological humanities; (ii) To show the relevance of the psychological humanities by reclaiming subjectivity as a core topic for psychology, grounded in the reconstruction, integration, and advancement of knowledge; (iii) to show the implications of the psychological humanities for current issues concerning subjectivity.

(b) Critical studies in the history and theory of psychology: I am interested in analyzing the ontological, epistemological, methodological, and ethical problems of psychology. Specifically, I am reconstructing the history of psychology as the history of the critique of psychology, the history of philosophical psychology in the 19th century, and the history and theory of racism in psychology and the social sciences from a scientific, political, social, and developmental point of view.