Denise Duval Tsioles, PhD


Affect regulation: Homeless youth once in the child welfare system (2007)

Denise Duval teaches research courses and development courses, is an academic adviser to on-site students, and oversees the collection and analysis of academic data. In addition to her duties at ICSW, Dr. Duval maintains a private child psychotherapy practice where she works with pre-school-age children through young adults. Her areas of clinical expertise include children’s issues and anxiety, behaviors and mood issues, school problems, and child-parent relationships, among others. Dr. Duval values the focus on training clinicians and clinical researchers at ICSW, and she enjoys seeing how students incorporate their new knowledge into their work.

Areas of Interest & Approaches to Practice

Approaches to Practice: Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Play Therapy; Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Individual and Family Therapy; Parent Support and Coaching. Areas of Interest/Expertise:
Importance of Play; Early Childhood Development; Infant Mental Health; Parent/Child Relationships; Young Children Experiencing Mood, Behavioral, and Relationship/Family Issues Corporate Training to Support Families; Social Media; Clinical Research – Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Methodologies; Clinical Consultation.


  • PhD, Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago, IL

  • Infant Mental Health Certificate Program, Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL

  • Advanced Clinical Training Program, Cathedral Counseling Center, Chicago, IL

  • MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • BA, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


  • L.C.S.W., Illinois

Courses Taught at ICSW

  • CF 550: Development I: Infancy and Toddlerhood

  • CF 560: Development II: Early Childhood and Latency

  • RM 621: Quantitative Methods

  • RM 741: Dissertation Seminar I

  • ESRM 800: Advanced Research Seminar

Additional Faculty Roles

  • Consulting

  • Research Advising

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • National Association of Social Workers

  • American Psychoanalytic Association

Significant Publications

  • Duval, D. (2006).Affect and Behavior Regulation Among Homeless Young Adults Formerly Involved with the Child Welfare System. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal,Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 155-173.

  • Duval, D. (2008). Evaluation of Services and Barriers to Delivery of Rehabilitative Services to Infants and Toddlers in the Custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Child and Family Services Review – May 2008, Volume 30, Issue 5, pages 536-545.

  • Duval, D. (2013). The Experience of Remarried Couples in Blended Families. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, Volume 54, Issue 1, pages 43-55.

  • Duval, D. (2014). Psychoanalytic Training Experience and Post-Graduate Professional Development: A Survey of Six Decades of Graduate Analysts. International Journal of Psychoanalysis.


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