If you currently are seeking a master’s degree in psychology, then some names listed here may be familiar to you, depending upon your focus. The following 20 most influential psychology professors range in age, they teach at Ivy League colleges as well as at community colleges, and they all have made their marks in the field of psychology.

This list is compiled in no particular order.

  1. Dr. DukeDr. Marshall Duke joined the Emory faculty in 1970, and has since supplied numerous writings on his research in interests such as personality science and the psychology of art. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and his work has been featured on such shows as 20/20, CBS Overnight, Parenting Magazine and dozens of other mainstream publications.
  2. Dr. PriceDr. Christy T. Price, a psychology professor at Dalton State College since 1992, was named 2010 Georgia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In 2009, Price was named one of the top ten “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates” nationwide by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.
  3. Dr. AntonyDr. Martin Antony, ABPP is professor and director of the graduate program, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University in Ontario. He also is Director of Research, Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, among other positions. Recent distinctions include the Ryerson University Faculty Scholarly, Research, and Creative Activity Award (2008-2009).
  4. Dr. MacLinDr. Otto H. MacLin is a University of Northern Iowa Distinguished Scholar and associate professor at the Eyewitness Laboratory, Institute for Pscyhological Science, Department of Psychology. General research interests include cognitive and metacognitive aspects of face recognition as well as applied aspects of face recognition such as eyewitness identification.
  5. Dr. O'BrienDr. James Patrick O’Brien, elected a fellow of the Virginia Academy of Science and appointed by Gov. Tim Kaine to the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum of Virginia, has taught psychology at Tidewater Community College for 35 years. In 2007, he was named the inaugural recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and he was selected as the 2010 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Virginia Professor of the Year.
  6. Dr. StearnsDr. Deborah Stearns, a psychology professor at Montgomery College since 2002, is founder and organizer of the Psychology Brown Bag Series, a popular discussion series in which students, faculty and staff come together to discuss topics ranging from emotional intelligence to the cultural messages of hip-hop music. She recently was selected as the 2010 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Maryland Professor of the Year.
  7. Dr. SolomonDr. Gary Solomon is a tenured Professor of Psychology at the College of Southern Nevada. His area of expertise includes analyzing film for its psychological content — a process he created and named Cinematherapy. He is the author of several books, including Reel Therapy, where he prescribes movies to watch in order to cope with life’s emotional problems.
  8. Dr. AdolphsDr. Ralph Adolphs is Bren Professor of psychology and neuroscience and professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech). In a new finding on the neural mechanisms involved in social behavior, neuroscientists led by Dr. Adolphs have pinpointed the brain structure responsible for our sense of personal space. The discovery, described in the August 30 issue of the journal, Nature Neuroscience, could offer insight into autism and other disorders where social distance is an issue.
  9. Dr. BessenoffDr. Gayle R. Bessenoff has gained notariety for her new course, entitled “The Psychology of Overconsumption.” This course was developed upon her research into ‘workaholism,’ on women’s responses to the thin ideal in the media and on the changing perspective of the American Dream. Dr. Bessenoff teaches at Southern Connecticut State University, where she is expanding her research to examine other injunctive norms.
  10. Dr. WestenDr. Drew Westen is professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University and founder of Westen Strategies, a strategic messaging firm. His is the author of The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Nation, and has informally advised the Barack Obama campaign in 2008. He is an occasional commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and his holiday song, “Oy, to be a Goy on Christmas,” still airs on New York radio during the holiday season.
  11. Dr. OlweusDr. Dan Olweus originally worked in relative isolation and obscurity in researching the causes and effects of bullying and aggressive behavior. Today, the research professor at the University of Bergen in Norway is known as the international guru of anti-bullying research, and his program is the most widely used in schools across the globe. His book, Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do has been translated into fifteen different languages.
  12. Dr. FisherDr. Celia B. Fisher, the Marie Ward Doty University Chair, professor of psychology and director of Fordham’s Center for Ethics Education, has spent much of her 30-year career developing and integrating ethical practices into academic research. She is a nationally recognized expert who has chaired research ethics committees for the Department of Health and Human Services and for the Environmental Protection Agency.
  13. Dr. PriceDr. Richard Price is Stanley E. Seashore Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Organizational Studies, research professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. As director of the Michigan Prevention Research Center at the Institute for Social Research, he and his colleagues conduct surveys and field experiments on organizational innovations aimed at improving the conditions of working life.
  14. Dr. YarrowDr. Kit Yarrow, psychology department chair and marketing professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco is a co-author of the recent book, Gen Buy: How Tweens, Teens and Twenty-Somethings are Revolutionizing Retail. She is the 2010 Brand Champion of the Year, and has won other awards and honors for outstanding service and the Scholarship of Application, Integration and Discover Award (2006, 2009).
  15. Dr. CaterinoDr. Linda Caterino was selected by the Arizona Association of School Psychologists (AASP) as the 2010 recipient of its Keith Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award. Caterino is coordinator of clinical placements and a clinical associate professor in the doctoral program in school psychology in Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and served as a model for the practice of bilingual school psychology.
  16. Dr. MutterDr. Sharon Mutter is a Western Kentucky University Distinguished Professor and cognitive psychologist. Her research, recently supported by a large grant from the National Institute on Aging, has greatly enhanced understanding of the reasons older adults have difficulties in certain decision-making situations. Mutter has received prestigious national attention for her work and was recognized with the Women in Cognitive Science Mentorship Award in 2005.
  17. Dr. SternbergDr. Robert Jeffrey Sternberg is an American psychologist and psychometrician and Provost at Oklahoma State University. He was formerly the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale University and the President of the American Psychological Association. He is a member of the editorial boards of numerous journals, including American Psychologist. He holds ten honorary doctorates and an honorary professorate at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
  18. Dr. MarkmanDr. Art Markman is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas’s department of psychology. Since June 2008, he has been writing a blog for Psychology Today called Ulterior Motives. He has published over 125 scholarly works and is the executive editor of the journal Cognitive Science and a member of the editorial board of Cognitive Psychology.
  19. Dr. BanduraDr. Albert Bandura is the David Starr Jordan Professor Emeritus of Social Science in Psychology at Stanford University. Over a career spanning almost six decades, Bandura has been responsible for groundbreaking contributions and also was influential in the transition between behaviorism and cognitive psychology. He is known as the originator of social learning theory and the theory of self-efficacy, and is responsible for the influential 1961 Bobo Doll experiment.
  20. Dr. GilbertDr. Daniel Gilbert is a social psychologist at Harvard University, but he once was a high school dropout who wanted to become a science fiction writer. Today, he is known for his research on affective forecasting, with a special emphasis on cognitive biases such as the impact bias. He is the author of the international bestseller, Stumbling on Happiness, which has been translated into more than 25 languages and which won the 2007 Royal Society Prizes for Science Books.

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