*4. 4. 1963, London, England
Mag. Dr. Thomas Teo is is a professor of psychology at York University, Toronto, Canada.
1986: Mag. rer. nat., Universität Wien, Psychologie
1992: Dr. phil., Universität Wien, Psychologie
1992-1994: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education, Berlin, Germany.
1994-1995: Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education, Berlin, Germany.
1996-2011: Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, York University.
Since 2011: Full Professor, Department of Psychology, York University.
HONOURS AND AWARDS: #
1998: Paul Mecheril, Thomas Teo, and the research group Kultur, Rassismus und Lebenswelten were awarded for the book Psychologie und Rassismus (Mecheril & Teo, 1997) the Goldene Hammer zur Überwindung von Gewalt und Rassismus by SOS Rassismus and the Minister of Labor, Health, and Social Affairs of the state of Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany.
2009: Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.
2010: Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
2010: Award for Distinguished Service to the Division 24 of the American Psychological Association: Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.
2005-2007 Organizer and Program Chair for the 2007 conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology at York University. 2006-2007 Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Chair of the Section on History and Philosophy of Psychology. 2009-2014 Editor: Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (American Psychological Association). 2013-2015 International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP): President.
I have a research record with more than 150 refereed publications and presentations.
Mecheril, P. & Teo, T. (Eds.). (1997). Psychologie und Rassismus. Reinbek: Rowohlt. Green, C., Shore, M. & Teo , T. (Eds.). (2001). The transformation of psychology: Influences of 19th-century philosophy, technology and natural science. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Teo, T. (2005). The critique of psychology: From Kant to postcolonial theory. New York: Springer. Teo, T., Stenner, P., Rutherford, A., Park, E., & Baerveldt, C. (Eds.). (2009). Varieties of theoretical psychology: International philosophical and practical concerns. Concord, Ontario, Canada: Captus University Publications. Teo, T. (Ed.) (2014). Encyclopedia of critical psychology. New York: Springer. 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.
I received my Matura from BG. St. Johann im Pongau St. Johann im Pongau and my academic degrees from the University of Vienna (Austria).
From 1992 to 1995, I worked as a post-doc and then as a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin, Germany. I began my professional track at York University in 1996 in the Department of Psychology. In 2008 I was appointed editor of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. In 2009 I was named Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association in recognition of significant contributions to the advancement of the science and profession of psychology in Canada. In 2010 I was named Fellow of the American Psychological Association in recognition of outstanding and unusual contributions to the science and profession of psychology. In 2011 I was promoted to full professor at York University.
I have a research record with more than 150 refereed publications and presentations. My research program is embedded in the History and Theory of Psychology Graduate Program in the Psychology Department at York University where I have my primary affiliation and which represents one of the few programs in the world where students can pursue advanced degrees in the history or theory of psychology.
I have been active in the advancement of theoretical, philosophical, and historical psychology from a critical perspective throughout my professional career. I have been engaged in critical studies of psychology within the framework of theoretical and historical psychology.
My research has been critical, metatheoretical, and historical in order to provide a more reflexive understanding of the foundations and trajectories of current psychology, the human and social sciences. My research has the intent of promoting psychology towards becoming a self-reflective approach, in which unquestioned assumptions are challenged, problematic concepts and theories are analyzed, and research practices are contextualized. I have been teaching courses focusing on the historical and theoretical dimensions of psychology from a critical perspective: Rigorous Alternatives for Contemporary Psychology, Theories of Human Nature, Introduction to the History of Psychology, Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Contemporary Psychology, Advanced History and Theory of Psychology, Race and Racism in the Human Sciences, etc.