Howard J. Lipke, PhD

Dr. Howard Lipke specializes in work with the psychological effects of trauma for veterans, their families, and first responders, especially with the treatment method Eye Movement Desensitization and photo_lipkeReprocessing (EMDR). He is an EMDR consultant and has taught EMDR nationally and internationally.

Early in his career, he worked as the director of a community health center, however the majority of his career has been working with veterans. During his 30 years with the North Chicago VA Medical Center as a staff psychologist, Dr. Lipke variuosly served as the director of the inpatient Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) program, the team leader of the PTSD Team, coordinated medical center critical incident mental health response, and developed programming as well as community outreach to returning veterans and their families.

Dr. Lipke’s clinical volunteer activities reflect his dedication to and expertise in the area of the psychological effects of trauma. On a volunteer basis, he conducts weekly psycho-educational programs for combat veterans, monthly presentations to veterans and their families on post-deployment concerns, and pro-bono consultations for other therapists working with veterans. His work with Red Cross Disaster Relief includined direct services to airline personnel post 9/11 attacks. He was a consultant to mental health professionals in Bangladesh for UNICEF, teaching them EMDR, and provided mental health services in Oklahoma City after the Murrah Federal Building bombing.

Dr. Lipke received his bachelor of science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at St. Louis University in 1976.

Dr. Lipke has been an invited speaker at several professional and scientific conferences, including the American Psychological Association. He has been published extensively in scientific journals, and has recently published one book, EMDR and Psychotherapy Integration. He is a contributing editor to Stress Points, the news letter of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, where he co-edits the regular feature “Trauma and World Literature”. Dr. Lipke is a clinical faculty member at the Rosaland Franklin University of Health Sciences.

Some of Dr. Lipke’s work on psychological trauma is available at his website