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Distinguished Members
People 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.
Brief Biographies

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.

Drew Appleby is a Professor Emeritus in the IUPUI Psychology Department where he used the results of his research on teaching, learning, advising, and mentoring to help students achieve academic competence and create strategies to explore, identify, prepare for, and attain their occupational aspirations. He published over 200 books and articles; made over 600 professional presentations; received 44 institutional, regional, and national awards for teaching, advising, mentoring, and service; and was named a fellow of the American Psychological Association. During his 12 years at IUPUI he was designated as a mentor by 777 graduating psychology majors, 222 of whom indicated he was their most influential mentor by selecting the following sentence to describe his impact: “This professor influenced the whole course of my life and his effect on me has been invaluable.” 


Mahzarin R. Banaji, PhD, was Halleck Professor of Psychology at Yale and is Cabot Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University. She was named Harvard College Professor for excellence in undergraduate teaching and advising and won Yale’s Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence. Banaji was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and is Herbert Simon Fellow of the Association of Political and Social Science. She received APA’s Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution and is William James Fellow of APS for “a lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology.”
Banaji is the recipient of honorary degrees from Barnard, Smith, Colgate, Carnegie-Mellon, and University of Helsinki.

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.



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.




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.

Jerome S. Bruner was a university professor at New York University, where he taught primarily in the School of Law, and has served as professor of psychology at Harvard and Watts Professor at Oxford. His research interests focused on educational reform, and he worked on the President’s Science Advisory Committee during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

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.


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.

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.

Alice Eagly is professor of psychology and James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. She is a social psychologist known for her work on gender, feminism, attitudes, prejudice, stereotyping, and leadership. She has received several awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association and the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology, and the Eminent Leadership Scholar Award from the Network of Leadership Scholars of the Academy of Management. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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.

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.

Jane S. Halonen, PhD, has been a professor of psychology at University of West Florida, James Madison University, and Alverno College (WI). Her scholarly contributions have focused on helping psychology students, faculty, and departments achieve optimal performance. Jane has been involved over the course of her career with helping the American Psychological Association (APA) develop guidelines or standards for academic performance from high school through graduate levels of education. Dr. Halonen served as the Chief Reader for the Psychology Advanced Placement Reading from 2004–09. The Society for Teaching of Psychology, which she presided over in 2000, named their Early Career Award to honor her mentoring of generations of new faculty. She won the American Psychological Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000. In 2003, APA named her an “Eminent Woman in Psychology.” In 2013, she won the APF Award for Applications in Education and Training in Psychology.


Diane F. Halpern, PhD, 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.




Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, is a professor at Emory University
School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral
Sciences; Chief Psychologist, Grady Health System; and Vice Chair
of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. In 2012,
she received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Pepperdine
University. The 2014 President of the APA, she is President Elect
of the APA’s Division of Public Service (Division 18), the Psi Chi
Annual Giving Campaign Chair, and chair of Psi Chi’s Summit on
Help-Seeking. She is Past President of APA’s Divisions of Clinical
Psychology (12), Family Psychology (43), and Psychotherapy (29), as well as the American Board of Clinical Psychology, the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a member of Rosalynn Carter’s Mental Health Advisory Board. She has published over 300 articles and three books.


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.
Mark R. Leary, PhD, is Garonzik Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his PhD in social psychology from the University of Florida. Dr. Leary is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He received the Lifetime Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity and was corecipient of the Scientific Impact Award from the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. He was founding editor of Self and Identity, editor of Personality and Social Psychology Review, and served as President of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He has published 14 books and more than 250 scholarly articles.

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.



Elizabeth Loftus, PhD, 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.

Virginia Andreoli Mathie, PhD, 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.

Rollo May was a founder and faculty member of Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center in San Francisco, researching existentialism and humanistic psychology.

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.

John Popplestone cofounded the Archives of the History of American Psychology, a collection of manuscripts, artifacts, photographs, etc. from more than 740 psychologists.


Antonio E. Puente, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), and was elected 2017 president of the American Psychological Association. Born in La Habana, Cuba, Puente received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida and his master’s degree and PhD from the University of Georgia. He has lectured in more than a dozen foreign countries and holds appointments as a visiting professor at the Universidad de Granada (Spain) and University of California Los Angeles. Puente founded and edited the journals Neuropsychology Review and Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice as well as a book series (33 books) in neuropsychology. He is the author of 8 books, 79 book chapters and 106 journal articles (in English, Spanish and Russian). In addition to activities at UNCW, Puente maintains a private practice in clinical neuropsychology, ranging from clinical to forensic assessments.

Robert Rosenthal, PhD, is a distinguished professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside, and Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Emeritus of Harvard University. His research has centered for over 40 years on the role of the self-fulfilling prophecy in everyday life and in laboratory situations. Special interests include the effects of teacher's expectations on students' academic and physical performance, the effects of experimenters' expectations on the results of their research, and the effects of clinicians' expectations on their patients' mental and physical health. He has received several awards including the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement from the American Psychological Foundation, James McKeen Cattell Award from the American Psychological Society, and Distinguished Scientific Award for Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

Duane Rumbaugh, PhD, 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.




Daniel L. Schacter, PhD, 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.




B. F. Skinner, PhD, 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.

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.


Claude M. Steele, PhD, is an American social psychologist and a professor of psychology at Stanford University. He is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His earlier work dealt with research on the self (e.g., self-image, self-affirmation) as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. In 2010, he released his book, Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, summarizing years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education. He holds BA in psychology from Hiram College, and an MA in social psychology and a PhD in social psychology and statistical psychology from Ohio State University. He is elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Board, the National Academy of Education, and the American Philosophical Society.

Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, 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.

Harold Takooshian, PhD, 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.


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.

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, PhD, is a Professor Emerita of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Gerontology and Faculty Fellow in the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research covers a wide range of topics related to adult development and aging, including personality development through midlife, contributors to successful aging, predictors of memory performance, and the relationship between physical health and sense of personal identity. She is the 2017 President of the Eastern Psychological Association, and a winner of a 2011 APA Presidential Citation, the Florence Denmark Outstanding Advisor Award, and a number of university teaching and advising, and professional mentorship awards.

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.

Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD, 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.  


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