Lynne Tylke, PhD


The use of magical thinking as a mediator of stress in parents of children with cancer (1992)

Lynne Tylke, PhD, teaches the third-year case conference course, works with students as an advisor and as a clinical consultant.  Her areas of clinical expertise include the neurobiology of trauma, attachment style impact on the therapeutic relationship, and visceral counter transference used to better understand the patient’s preverbal experiences.  Lynne also has experience with adult psychotherapy focusing on depression, anxiety, grief work, PTSD, marital issues, and working with adolescents.  Her theoretical orientation to practice is psychodynamic with individual relational work.  Lynne has been volunteering for The Soldier’s Project since 2008, a non-profit organization that provides free, confidential and unlimited mental health services to any active duty service member or veteran who has served since September 11, 2001.

Areas of Interest & Approaches to Practice

Attachment; Implicit Nonverbal Communication; Relational Approaches to Psychotherapy; Trauma Treatment; Neuroscience; Bereavement


  • BA, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL

  • A.M., University of Chicago , Chicago, IL

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


  • L.C.S.W., Illinois

Courses Taught at ICSW

  • CL 715: Case Conference V

  • Seminar on Women’s Success Conflicts

Additional Faculty Roles

  • Consulting

  • Research Advising

Awards & Honors

  • PSI CHI, 1974

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • Federation of Clinical Subcommittee of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Social Work

  • National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter

  • Illinois Society of Clinical Social Workers

  • Subcommittee of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

  • Coalition of Mental Health Providers and Consumers

  • Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations

  • Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Significant Publications

  • Tylke, L. (1980). Family therapy with pediatric cancer patients: A social work perspective. In J. L. Shulman & M. J. Kupst (Eds.). The child with cancer (pp. 16- 25).

  • Tylke, L. (1982). Strategies of intervention with families of pediatric leukemia patients: a longitudinal perspective. Soc Work Health Care. Winter;8(2):31-47.


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