Thomas Teo


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

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


Mag. rer. nat. - 1986

Dr. phil - 1992



Thomas Teo is a professor in the History and Theory of Psychology Program at York University (Canada) one of the few programs in the world where faculty and students can pursue advanced work in theoretical and historical psychology. He is Fellow of APA and CPA, Past-President of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) and elected President for APA’s Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (Division 24). He is former editor of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (2009-2014). Recently, he edited and published the 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.  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 critical-psychological in order to provide a more reflexive understanding of the foundations, trajectories, and possibilities of current subjectivity.   

Selected Publications


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. (2015). Critical psychology: A geography of intellectual engagement and resistance. American Psychologist, 70(3), 243-254. doi:

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. (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. (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. (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., 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.

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. (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. (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-



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 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. Deconstruction, reconstruction, and construction of the history and theory, epistemology and ethics of psychology. Reflections on philosophical and critical psychology. Elaboration of a psychology of liberation. Studies on the history and theory of the concept of race and racism, and the social psychology of prejudice and multiculturalism. History and theory of developmental psychology and the significance of contexts for development. Please see my webpage for more information.