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Jon D. Carlson, EdD, PsyD

November 2, 1945—February 1, 2017

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          Young Jon Carlson would never have anticipated the wonderful 71 years of life that he lived. He fully squeezed the most out of his time on Earth, and those who he came into contact with benefited. ... The theme of Jon’s life was to never stop learning and to always grow beyond one’s perceived boundaries. ,,,

Born in Elgin, IL he completed undergraduate and masters training at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, his first doctorate in counseling and guidance from Wayne State University in Detroit, and his second doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Adler School of professional Psychology in Chicago.

His teaching career included positions at Wayne State University, Governors State University, Nova Southeastern, UW-Whitewater, University of Hawaii and Adler School of Professional Psychology. At the time of his death, he was Distinguished Professor at Adler University and psychologist with the Wellness Clinic in Lake Geneva.

Jon was a Fellow of APA and WPA and the American Counseling Association, with diplomates in family psychology and Adlerian psychology. He received Distinguished Psychologist Award from APA’s division 29, the APA 2011 Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training Award and was designated by ACA as one of five “Living Legends in counseling”. He was author of 64 books , over 185 professional articles and chapters, and creator of over 300 training videos used around the world. He served as editor of the Journal of Individual Psychology and The Family Journal, among others. His spirituality and Adlerian values were very much intertwined, and he spoke with great fondness of his visits with the Dalai Lama.

Jon always wanted to travel and in his life he visited six continents, often teaching, researching or engaging in social justice service projects. Over the past 17 years he had a particular connection to Thailand where he worked with allied health professionals on parenting education and fostering family relationships.

He leaves behind Laura, his wife of 50 years, five children and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the UW Center for Healthy Minds (
or the Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarships


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