Wilson Van Dusen (1923-2005) was a self-taught student of Swedenborg's works. In some ways he considers this an advantage because he does not come to them with the biases of those in any of the major groups of followers, but rather has had to work out their meaning in his own life. His being a clinical psychologist, a mystic, and a student of all the major religions has also helped. It gives to his understanding of Swedenborg a startling freshness. He is a recognized expert on Emanuel Swedenborg.
He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and worked 20 years among the mentally ill where he developed self-help communities. An accomplished psychologist, Van Dusen has lectured at the University of California, Davis; served as professor of psychology at John F. Kennedy University; and published more than 150 scientific papers and written several books on his research, such as The Presence of Other Worlds: The Psychological/Spiritual Findings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1974) and The Natural Depth in Man (1974). As a psychologist, Professor Van Dusen gravitated toward the depths of human experience, with a special reference to the human potential for the experience of God. An accomplished writer, his later books focus on universal spirit, which transcends cultural and doctrinal differences.