Faculty & School/Dept.
Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology
Mag. rer. nat. - 1986
Dr. phil - 1992
Thomas Teo is a professor of psychology in the Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies 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 former president of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) and Past-President (2016-2017) 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). In 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, critical, and historical psychology throughout his professional career. His research has been meta-psychological to provide a more reflexive understanding of the foundations, trajectories, and possibilities of human subjectivity. He considers his research program contributing to the psychological humanities.
2013-2018 (lasy 6 years)
- Teo, T. (2018). Outline of theoretical psychology: Critical investigations. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Walsh, R., Teo, T., & Baydala, A. (2014). A critical historyand philosophy of psychology: Diversityof context, thought, and practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
- Teo, T. (Ed.) (2014). Encyclopedia of critical psychology. New York: Springer.
- Teo, T. (2017). Subjectivity, aesthetics, and the nexus of injustice: From traditional to street art. In S. H. Awad & B. Wagoner (Eds.), Street art of resistance (pp. 39-62).Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
- 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.
Articles in refereed journals
Teo, T. (2017). From psychological science to the psychological humanities: Building a general theory of subjectivity. Review of General Psychology, 21(4), 281-291. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/gpr0000132
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. (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. (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
Chapters in refereed conference proceedings
- 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. (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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_2037-1
- 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.
Book Reviews and Book Review Essays
- 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
Other Research Outputs
2017-2018 (2 years)
- Teo, T. (2018, July). The tribulations of epistemic humility: Decolonization and entrepreneurship. In G. Adams (Chair), Cross-cultural psychology as decolonial tool. Symposiumconducted at the Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Guelph, Canada.
- Teo, T. (2018, March). Critical theories. In S. Downs (Chair), Theoretical and philosophical psychology 101: Basic themes, concepts and theories. Symposiumconducted at the Midwinter Meeting of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Division 24 of the American Psychological Association, Phoenix, Arizona.
- Teo, T. (2018, March). Interference in practical Reason: Psychosocial and political- economic constraints to agency. In S. Yanchar (Chair), The development of agency: Exploring grounds, manifestation of possibility and constraint. Symposiumconducted at the Midwinter Meeting of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Division 24 of the American Psychological Association, Phoenix, Arizona.
- Teo, T. (2017, August). From ontology and epistemology to ethics: Is the Marquis de Sade the moral philosopher of neoliberalism and the psydisciplines? In G. Jovanovic (Chair), Ethics and epistemology. Symposium conducted at the 17thBiennial Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology, Tokyo, Japan.
- Teo, T. (2017, August). With Marx beyond Marx: Elements of a critical theory of subjectivity. In C. Ratner (Chair), Marxist psychological theory and its implications for practice. Symposium conducted at the 17thBiennial Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology, Tokyo, Japan.
- Teo, T. (2017, August). Neoliberalism, subjectivity and the end of agency. In W. Pickren (Chair), Psychology in the social imaginary of neoliberalism. Symposium conducted at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
- Teo, T. (2017, August). Psychology and the analysis of society: Critical and indigenous thought. In L. Sundararajan (Chair), Crisis of American Psychology in a global village: Can indigenous psychology help. Symposium conducted at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
- 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. (2017, September). Beyond natural-scientific psychology: The relevance of the psychological humanities for a general theory of subjectivity. Invited keynote at the workshop “Territories of Critique in Psychology” at the Institut für Medizingeschichte und Wissenschaftsforschung at the University of Lübeck, Germany.
- Teo, T. (2017, August). Laying the foundations for the psychological humanities: What do we know about subjectivity. Invited Presidential Address for Division 24 of APA (Society for theoretical and philosophical psychology), Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
- Teo, T. (2017, June). Psychological humanities, subjectivity, and resistance in aesthetics. CPA Section- featured speaker (History and philosophy of psychology). CPA National Convention, Toronto, ON.
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
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.