Kathleen M. Rusch, Ph.D.
BA Boston College (1977)– Psychology, Spanish, History
MS Marquette University (1979) – Clinical Psychology
PhD Loyola University of Chicago (1984) – Clinical Psychology
Dr. Rusch came to WSPP as a faculty member in 1994. Immediately impressed by the Vail Model as a learning tool, she began to thrive in an environment where experienced clinicians shared their accumulated wisdom to train future clinicians. In 1996, upon the retirement of Dr. Sam Friedman, Dr. Rusch was elected President of WSPP, a position she holds until this day.
Among the concepts most central to Dr. Rusch’s philosophy of guiding the School is the importance of relationship – the myriad ways in which individuals with varying histories create meaning through their personal and professional connections. While the literature has demonstrated the importance of relationship in successful psychotherapy, Dr. Rusch also believes in its centrality in teaching, supervision and mentorship.
Dr. Rusch’s professional interests lie in psychodynamic processes in psychotherapy and assessment, supervision and mentorship. She maintains a private clinical practice.