Famous American Psychologists

Have you ever wondered why some people just can’t get out of their depressing mood? Do you find it hard to understand people who eat for comfort and then complain of getting fat? Do you have someone in your group who displays split personality? Is your sibling antisocial? Well, the answer for all of the above is psychological disorder. It isn’t that people with psychological disorder look different from the rest – they simply act differently. And it is to help them come out of their psychological problems that we have psychologists. Psychologists are professionals who are well-equipped to treat people with behavioural and personality disorder. They evaluate and study the mental process and are clinically qualified to help sufferers cope effectively from life issues and mental health. As such, psychologists are often referred to as doctors of mental health. In our world today, psychologists or psychiatrists, as they are often called, have started playing an important role in the society, given the stressful life. Every country today has a pool of psychologists who are uniquely qualified to help people come out from their stress and America is one such country. It boasts of having clinically proficient professionals who are qualified to help people suffering from psychological issues. Given here are the profiles of some of the greatest American psychologists – their life, study, work and contribution in the society.

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 1 B. F. Skinner

B. F. Skinner
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Famous As: American psychologist
Birthdate: March 20, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: August 18, 1990

B. F. Skinner was an American behaviorist, psychologist, inventor, author, and social philosopher. Skinner, who taught psychology at Harvard University, is credited with founding a school of thought in psychology called the experimental analysis of behavior. Regarded as a pioneer of modern behaviorism, Skinner was named the 20th century's most influential psychologist, according to a survey conducted in June 2002. 

 2 William James

William James
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Famous As: Philosopher, Psychologist
Birthdate: January 11, 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 26, 1910

William James was an American psychologist and philosopher. Widely regarded as the father of American psychology and one of the most influential American philosophers, James was the first educator in the United States to offer a course in psychology. He is also credited with co-founding a psychological school of thought called functional psychology and establishing a philosophical school called pragmatism.

 3 Abraham Maslow

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Birthdate: April 1, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: June 8, 1970

Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist best remembered for creating an idea in psychology called Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Maslow, who advocated self-actualization, is also credited with co-founding the school of transpersonal psychology. In 1967, he was adjudged Humanist of the Year by the popular non-profit organization, American Humanist Association.

 4 Philip Zimbardo

Philip Zimbardo
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Famous As: Social psychologist, University teacher, Non-fiction writer, Psychologist
Birthdate: March 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 5 Christine Blasey Ford

Christine Blasey Ford
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: November 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 6 Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: January 8, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: February 4, 1987

 7 Timothy Francis Leary

Timothy Francis Leary
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Famous As: American psychologist
Birthdate: October 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: May 31, 1996

Psychologist and former Harvard professor Timothy Leary was an advocate of psychedelic drugs. His research experiments included the controversial Concord Prison Experiment and Marsh Chapel Experiment. After being fired from Harvard for his actions, he continued promoting his theories through catchphrases such as “turn on, tune in, drop out.”

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 8 John B. Watson

John B. Watson
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: January 9, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: September 25, 1958

 9 John Dewey

John Dewey
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 20, 1859
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: June 1, 1952

A staunch advocate of progressive education and liberalism, the American philosopher and psychologist was the founder of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. John Dewey’s famous writings included The Reflex Arc Concept in Psychology and Human Nature and Conduct. According to him, passion for knowledge and intellectual curiosity were central to a teacher. He called himself a democratic socialist.

 10 William Moulton Marston

William Moulton Marston
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: May 9, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 2, 1947
Psychologist William Moulton Marston, also known as “Charles Moulton,” is remembered for inventing a precursor of the lie detector, along with his wife, Elizabeth Holloway. He was also a comic book author, who created the superheroine Wonder Woman. He was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife and Olive Byrne.

 11 Harry Harlow

Harry Harlow
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: October 31, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: December 6, 1981

 12 Eugene Landy

Eugene Landy
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: November 26, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 22, 2006

 13 Stanley Milgram

Stanley Milgram
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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: August 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: December 20, 1984

 14 N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 15 Henry Murray

Henry Murray
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: May 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 23, 1988

 16 John Money

John Money
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Famous As: Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician, University teacher
Birthdate: July 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: New Zealander, American
Died: July 7, 2006

 17 Laura Schlessinger

Laura Schlessinger
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Famous As: Radio personality, Writer, Social worker, Psychologist, Children's writer, Journalist
Birthdate: January 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 18 Herbert Simon

Herbert Simon
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Famous As: Economist, Political scientist, sociologist, psychologist, and professor
Birthdate: June 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 9, 2001

 19 Jonathan Haidt

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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: October 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 20 Carol S. Dweck

Carol S. Dweck
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Famous As: Physiologists
Birthdate: October 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 21 Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner
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Famous As: Teacher, Psychologist, University teacher, Neurologist
Birthdate: July 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 22 George Herbert Mead

George Herbert Mead
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: February 27, 1863
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 26, 1931

 23 Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer
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Famous As: Writer, Philosopher, Psychologist
Birthdate: July 25, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: May 21, 1983

 24 Edward Thorndike

Edward Thorndike
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: August 31, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: August 9, 1949

 25 Robert Anton Wilson

Robert Anton Wilson
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Philosopher, Essayist, Playwright, Psychologist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: January 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: January 11, 2007

 26 Robert Cialdini

Robert Cialdini
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: April 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 27 Jerome Bruner

Jerome Bruner
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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: October 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: June 5, 2016

 28 Martin Seligman

Martin Seligman
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: August 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 29 Lawrence Kohlberg

Lawrence Kohlberg
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Famous As: Psychologist, Academic, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: October 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: January 19, 1987

 30 Amy Cuddy

Amy Cuddy
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: June 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 31 Adam Grant

Adam Grant
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 32 John Amaechi

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Famous As: Basketball player, Blogger, Politician
Birthdate: November 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 33 Gordon Allport

Gordon Allport
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Famous As: Psychologist, Academic, University teacher, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: November 11, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: October 9, 1967

 34 Urie Bronfenbrenner

Urie Bronfenbrenner
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Famous As: Psychologist, Academic, University teacher, Writer
Birthdate: April 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: September 25, 2005

 35 Aaron T. Beck

Aaron T. Beck
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Famous As: Psychiatrist, University teacher, Psychologist
Birthdate: July 18, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 36 Elizabeth Loftus

Elizabeth Loftus
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Famous As: Psychologist, Statistician, University teacher
Birthdate: October 16, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 37 Milton H. Erickson

Milton H. Erickson
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Famous As: Psychotherapist, Hypnotist, Hypnotherapist, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Writer
Birthdate: December 5, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 25, 1980

 38 Eric Kandel

Eric Kandel
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Famous As: Neurologist, Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist, Psychologist, Biochemist
Birthdate: November 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 39 Robert Plutchik

Robert Plutchik
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Famous As: Psychologist, Emotion psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: October 21, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 29, 2006

 40 Kenneth Bancroft Clark

Kenneth Bancroft Clark
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: July 14, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 1, 2005

 41 Bruno Bettelheim

Bruno Bettelheim
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Famous As: Writer, Psychologist, University teacher, Psychiatrist
Birthdate: August 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: March 13, 1990

 42 G. Stanley Hall

G. Stanley Hall
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Famous As: Psychologist, Science writer
Birthdate: February 1, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 24, 1924

 43 Robert Sternberg

Robert Sternberg
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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: December 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 44 Lillian Moller Gilbreth

Lillian Moller Gilbreth
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Famous As: Mother of Modern Management
Birthdate: May 24, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 2, 1972

 45 Carol Gilligan

Carol Gilligan
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Famous As: Psychologist, Philosopher, Non-fiction writer, Sociologist, Feminist
Birthdate: November 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 46 Benjamin Bloom

Benjamin Bloom
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Famous As: Psychologist, School teacher, University teacher
Birthdate: February 21, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 13, 1999

 47 Rollo May

Rollo May
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: April 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: October 22, 1994

 48 Don Norman

Don Norman
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Famous As: Engineer, Computer scientist, Psychologist, Writer
Birthdate: December 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 49 Leon Festinger

Leon Festinger
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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: May 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 11, 1989

 50 Marshall Rosenberg

Marshall Rosenberg
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Famous As: Psychologist, Academic, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: October 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: February 7, 2015