Famous Canadian Psychologists

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Jordan Peterson
(Clinical Psychologist)

Jordan Peterson
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Birthdate: June 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

Canadian clinical psychologist, writer and YouTuber, Jordan Peterson became internationally known in the 2010s for his views on cultural and political issues. He propogates his views and ideas primarily through YouTube and podcasts. He has shared many videos and podcasts that have received millions of views.

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Albert Bandura
(Psychologist)

Albert Bandura
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Birthdate: December 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mundare, Canada
Died: July 26, 2021

Albert Bandura is a Canadian-American psychologist who has made significant contributions to several fields of psychology, such as personality psychology, therapy, and social cognitive theory. Regarded as the greatest living psychologist, Bandura is also counted among the most influential psychologists ever. He has been honored with over 16 honorary degrees. In 2016, Albert Bandura received the National Medal of Science.

 3 
Steven Pinker
(Psychologist)

Steven Pinker
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Birthdate: September 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Steven Pinker is a Canadian-American linguist, cognitive psychologist, and popular science author. He is also a supporter of the computational theory of mind and evolutionary psychology. His works have earned him awards from organizations like the National Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association, and the American Humanist Association. In 2013, he was named in Prospect magazine's World Thinkers list.

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 4 
Mary Ainsworth
(Psychologist)

Mary Ainsworth
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Birthdate: December 1, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glendale, Ohio, United States
Died: March 21, 1999

American-Canadian developmental psychologist Mary Ainsworth is best remembered for her contributions in developing the attachment theory. She devised the Strange situation procedure during the 1970s to observe early emotional connect and relationship between a caregiver and child. She was ranked as the 97th most cited psychologist of the 20th century in a 2002 survey of Review of General Psychology.

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Stanley Coren
(Psychology professor, neuropsychological researcher and writer on the intelligence, mental abilities and history of dogs)

Stanley Coren
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Birthdate: November 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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J. Philippe Rushton
(Psychologist, Faculty, Non-fiction writer)

J. Philippe Rushton
3
Birthdate: December 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bournemouth
Died: October 2, 2012

 7 
Nadia Chaudhri
(She was a professor of psychology at Concordia University where she researched drug and alcohol abuse)

Nadia Chaudhri
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Birthdate: January 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
Died: October 5, 2021
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 8 
Donald O. Hebb
(Psychologist best known for his theory of Hebbian learning, which he introduced in his classic 1949 work The Organization of Behavior)

Donald O. Hebb
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Birthdate: July 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: August 20, 1985

Though born to physicians, Donald O. Hebb had initially aspired to be a novelist. He later pioneered neuropsychology by merging elements of psychology and neuroscience, and thus establishing psychology as part of bio science. His iconic work The Organization of Behavior spoke about many innovate concepts such as Hebb’s Rule.

 9 
S.I. Hayakawa
(Politician)

S.I. Hayakawa
3
Birthdate: July 18, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: February 27, 1992

 10 
Robert D. Hare
(psychologist, university teacher)

Robert D. Hare
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Birthdate: 1934 AD
Birthplace: Calgary

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Brenda Milner
(Neuroscientist, Psychologist, University teacher)

Brenda Milner
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Birthdate: July 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Manchester

Considered a pioneer in her field, centenarian neuropsychologist Brenda Milner is known for her immense contribution to clinical neuropsychology. Especially known for her work on memory and cognition, she has contributed immensely to the study of temporal lobe. Her papers on the frontal lobes in problem-solving and the lateralization of hemispheric function in language are also highly regarded by scholars.

 12 
Victor Vroom
(Psychologist, University teacher)

Victor Vroom
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Birthdate: August 9, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal

 13 
Endel Tulving
(Neuroscientist, Psychologist)

Endel Tulving
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Birthdate: May 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pechory

Endel Tulving is an Estonian-born Canadian experimental psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist. He is best known for his pioneering research on human memory. He earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University and began his academic work at the University of Toronto, where he remained for the rest of his career. He is a recipient of the Canada Gairdner International Award. 

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Elliott Jaques
(Psychoanalyst)

Elliott Jaques
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Birthdate: January 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: March 8, 2003

 15 
Joan Erikson
(American psychologist)

Joan Erikson
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Birthdate: June 27, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gananoque, Canada
Died: August 3, 1997

Apart from being an educator and an author, Joan Erikson was also a dance ethnographer and believed that art therapy could heal a lot of psychological ailments. She also established a theater and art program to help patients develop psychologically. She also spoke about the importance of “play” in adult life.

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E. Mavis Hetherington
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Birthdate: November 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: British Columbia, Canada

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Jayne Gackenbach
(Dream researcher whose focus is lucid dreaming and other altered states of consciousness)

Jayne Gackenbach
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States