Dr. Vitz is Senior Scholar and Professor of Psychology at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, VA. He received his Ph. D. from Stanford University and for many years he was Professor of Psychology at New York University where he is now Professor Emeritus. At IPS, now part of Divine Mercy University, he teaches in the graduate psychology program which trains students in psychotherapy and awards the Doctor of Psychology degree. IPS is devoted to training professional psychologists in a way that integrates Catholic Christian concepts and contemporary psychology, respecting the integrity of each domain. DMU also has two online programs, a Master’s degree in psychology and a new Master’s degree in counseling.
His areas of special interest include the development of a Catholic/Christian psychological model of the person, the psychology of fatherhood and family, psychological origins of atheism, the virtues, hatred and forgiveness; and recently the psychology of male and female complementarity.
He is the author of books and numerous articles. Books include Psychology as Religion: The cult of self worship. 2nd ed. 1994; Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism, rev. ed. 2013 Ignatius Press; Sigmund Freud’s Christian Unconscious. With S. Felch, The Self: Beyond the Post-Modern Crisis. (2006)
He is married to Evelyn Birge Vitz, best known as Timmie, who is a Professor of French at NYU; they recently moved down to Arlington, VA after living 44 years in downtown Manhattan. Dr. Vitz commuted to Arlington for over 10 years but now walks to work; Timmie is still a Professor at NYU so she now commutes up to NYC. They have six grown children and 21 grandchildren.