Wilson Van Dusen

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Wilson Van Dusen
Born 11 September 1923(1923-09-11) [1]
San Francisco, California
Died 25 April 2005 (81) [2]
Ukiah, Mendocino, California
Nationality American
Alma mater University of California (Berkeley), A.B. (1946); U.C.B., M.A. (1950); University of Ottawa, Ph.D. (1952)
Workplace(s) Mendocino State Hospital
Field(s) Clinical psychology

Wilson M. Van Dusen (September 11, 1923 - April 25, 2005) was an American clinical psychologist and Swedenborgian. During his time working at the Mendocino State Hospital, Van Dusen developed an experimental therapeutic method that involved his dialoguing with hallucinatory voices that were heard by his patients, with the patients acting as a mediator relating the therapist's words, and came to think these seeming hallucinations should be treated as separate, albeit discarnate, beings from his patients, taking inspiration from Swedenborg.

Selected Bibliography


  1. "California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 April 2016), Wilson M Vandusen, 11 Sep 1923; citing San Francisco, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
  2. "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 April 2016), Wilson M Vandusen, 25 Apr 2005; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).