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Lynne Tylke, Ph.D.

Class of 1992


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

Lynne Tylke

Lynne Tylke is on the faculty of ICSW, chairs the clinical curriculum for the distance-learning program as well as teaching the third-year case conference. She also works with students as an advisor and clinical consultant. Her areas of clinical expertise include adult psychotherapy focusing on depression and anxiety, grief work, PTSD, marital issues, and working with adolescents. Her theoretical orientation to practice is psychodynamic and relational work with individuals. Lynne presented at the Joseph Palombo’s Neuroscience Conference – Boys at Risk – in 2015, where she discussed the neurological impact in trauma and this informs the treatment of this special population.

Areas of Interest & Approaches to Practice

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


  • B.A., Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
  • A.M., University of Chicago , Chicago, IL
  • Ph.D., 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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