who "have national or international reputations because of contributions
made to psychology and Psi Chi" in the areas of research, service, and/or
teaching, and who have been nominated and approved by Psi Chi's Board of
Directors are extended the prestigious title of Distinguished Member.
Jerome S. Bruner is university professor at New York University, where he teaches primarily in the School of Law, and has served as professor of psychology at Harvard and Watts Professor at Oxford. His research interests focus on educational reform, and he worked on the President’s Science Advisory Committee during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.
George W. Albee served as president of APA in 1970 and received the APA Distinguished Professional Contribution Award in 1973 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Applied Preventive Psychology in 1997. His research interests included community psychology and the role of societal factors in mental illness.
William Bevan was 1982 APA President and received the APA Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest Award. His research interests were perception and cognition, vision, and human engineering, pursuing interests in psychology and public policy through his post at the John D. and Catherine T. Marshall Foundation.
Rollo May was a founder and faculty member of Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center in San Francisco, researching existentialism and humanistic psychology.
Stuart W. Cook received the 1983 APA Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest Award. His research focused on the social problems of anti-Semitism, racism, desegregation, the ethical treatment of human participants, resource conservation, and environmental protection.
J. P. Guilford served as president of APA in 1950 and published his three-factor structure of intellect theory of intelligence in The Nature of Human Intelligence (1967). The Psi Chi Guilford Undergraduate Research Award commemorates his dedication to research in psychology.
Ruth B. Guilford was Psi Chi's first true Executive Officer from 1930–1935 and Historian from 1950–1962. She helped formulate and regularize the processes of the Central Office.
Otto Klineberg helped found the International Union of Psychological Science in 1951 and the International Social Science Council in 1952 and served as president of the 17th International Congress of Psychology, the World Federation for Mental Health, the Inter-America Society of Psychology, the Eastern Psychological Association of the United States, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.
Frederick H. Lewis was one of the cofounders of Psi Chi as a psychology student at the University of Kansas. He worked for the New York Herald Tribune Fresh Air Fund, providing summer and Christmas vacations to underprivileged children, and served as the historian for Psi Chi for its first 20 years.
Neal E. Miller was professor emeritus at Rockefeller University and previously James Rowland Angell Professor of Psychology at Yale University, where he taught for 30 years. His development of biofeedback led to the use of operant conditioning following classical conditioning.
Edwin B. Newman was one of the cofounders of Psi Chi as a psychology student at the University of Kansas. He went on to become a psychologist and psychology department head at Harvard University. His research interests included hearing and learning as a means of communication. The Psi Chi Newman Graduate Research Award honors his role as a founder of Psi Chi.
B. F. Skinner was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958–1974 and is considered the most influential psychologist of the 20th century. He is best known for inventing the operant conditioning chamber, developing radical behaviorism, and analyzing human behavior in his Verbal Behavior.
M. Brewster Smith, who addressed the Psi Chi National Convention in 1968 on the subject, "Morality and Student Protest,” served as president of APA in 1978 and received the 2010 Distinguished Social Sciences Emeriti Award from University of California Santa Cruz. His research interests include social psychology and the ways people’s political ideas relate to their personalities.
John Popplestone cofounded the Archives of the History of American Psychology, a collection of manuscripts, artifacts, photographs, etc. from more than 740 psychologists.
Joseph Wolpe was lecturer at Pepperdine University from 1988 until his death in 1997, leaving behind a legacy as a pioneer in behavior therapy through his work to cure phobias and anxiety. He developed the Subjective Units of Disturbance Scale (SUDS), which is still used today in psychotherapeutic techniques.
Duane Rumbaugh cofounded the Language Research Center at Georgia State University, where he taught and researched during the 1970s. He is best known for leading the Language Analogue project through Emory University, where a chimpanzee named Lana demonstrated the ability to learn language.
Albert Bandura is David Starr Jordan Professor of Social Sciences in Psychology at Stanford University, former president of APA, and is ranked the most frequently cited living psychologist. He is best known for his Bobo Doll experiment on patterns of behavior associated with aggression. His research interests include social learning theory, social cognitive theory, and self-efficacy.
Florence L. Denmark is Robert S. Pace Distinguished Professor and chair of psychology at Pace University, a former Eastern regional vice-president of Psi Chi, and the only Psi Chi Board of Directors member to have served as president of Psi Chi and APA (1980) at the same time.
Raymond D. Fowler, a former Southeastern regional vice-president of Psi Chi, served as professor and chair of psychology at the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee and as president of APA in 1988 prior to his remarkable "second” career as the highly successful chief executive officer of APA. In 2010, he was president of the International Association of Applied Psychology.
Charles D. Spielberger is Distinguished University Research Professor and director of the Center for Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology at the University of South Florida and an internationally renowned psychologist. He has served as Psi Chi Southeastern regional vice-president, Psi Chi president, and president of APA in 1991.
Philip G. Zimbardo is professor emeritus at Standford University and president of the Heroic Imagination Project and served as president of APA in 2002. He is internationally famous for his controversial Stanford prison study on the psychological effects of being a prisoner or prison guard.
Diane F. Halpern is professor of psychology and director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children at Claremont McKenna College (CA) and served as president of APA in 2005. Also as past president of WPA, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and the division of General Psychology of APA, she has published over 350 articles and many books.
Elizabeth Loftus is a distinguished professor at the University of California, Irvine, where she holds positions in the Departments of Psychology and Social Behavior, and Criminology, Law, and Society. She also has appointments in the Department of Cognitive Sciences and is a Fellow of the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and APA. She has been ranked as the most eminent female psychologist of the 20th century.
Daniel L. Schacter is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, where he also served as chair of the department from 1995–2005, and is author of The Seven Sins of Memory, named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book for 2001. His research interests include psychological and biological aspects of human memory and amnesia.
Robert J. Sternberg is IBM professor of psychology and education in the Department of Psychology, professor of management in the School of Management, and director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise at Yale University. He has been listed in the APA Monitor on Psychology as one of the top 100 psychologists of the 20th century and is most well known for his theories of successful intelligence, balance theory of wisdom, and thinking styles as mental self-government, investment theory of creativity, WICS theory of leadership, and duplex theories of love and hate.
Guillermo Bernal is professor of psychology and director of the University Center for Psychological Services and Research at the University of Puerto Rico-UPR, Rio Piedras Campus. His work has focused on training, research, and development of mental health services for ethnic minorities.
John Cacioppo is Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and director of the University of Chicago Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience. He is currently a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging of the US Department of Health and Human Services, an associate editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science and Social Neuroscience, and was president of APS in 2007.
Robert Cialdini is Regents’ Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, where he has also been named Distinguished Graduate Research Professor. He has served as president of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology and is the recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award of the Society for Consumer Psychology, the Donald T. Campbell Award for Distinguished Contributions to Social Psychology, and the Peitho Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Social Influence.
Michael Wertheimer is professor emeritus at University of Colorado at Boulder, where he directed the departmental honors program in psychology for almost 40 years. He has served as president of four APA divisions (general psychology, teaching of psychology, theoretical and philosophical psychology, and history of psychology), Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, and Psi Chi. He was awarded a lifetime achievement award in 2000 by APA’s Division 26.
Drew Appleby is director of Undergraduate Studies in the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Psychology Department, where he also is a professor. He is a Fellow of Division 1 and 2 of APA and received Division 2’s Outstanding Psychology Teacher Award in a 4-Year College or University as well as several awards recognizing his advising and mentoring skills.
Virginia Andreoli Mathie is the former Executive Director of Psi Chi. She taught at James Madison University (VA) for 29 years before joining the Psi Chi staff and held leadership positions in APA, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and the Virginia Psychological Association.
Harold Takooshian is professor of psychology at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1975. He is a fellow of APA; served as a Board of Directors member and president for Psi Chi (1993–2000) and president of APA Division of International Psychology (2003); and received the Psi Chi Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award (2009). His research interests include applied social/personality psychology, ethnicity and feminism, cross-cultural psychology, and student excellence.
Frederick H. Lewis
Neal E. Miller
Edwin B. Newman
Raymond D. Fowler
Philip G. Zimbardo