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Famous Psychologists from Canada

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List of notable or famous psychologists from Canada, with bios and photos, including the top psychologists born in Canada and even some popular psychologists who immigrated to Canada. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Canadian psychologists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These psychologists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known psychologist from Canada is included when available.

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Adele Diamond is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Adele Diamond is the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia (UBC), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC), ...more
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Albert Bandura is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Age: 93

Birthplace: Mundare, Canada

Albert Bandura (; born December 4, 1925) is a Canadian-American psychologist who is the David Starr Jordan Professor Emeritus of Social Science in Psychology at Stanford University. Bandura has ...more
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Anatol Rapoport is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Dec. at 96 (1911-2007)

Birthplace: Lozova, Ukraine

Anatol Rapoport (Ukrainian: Анатолій Борисович Рапопо́рт; Russian: Анато́лий Бори́сович Рапопо́рт; May 22, 1911 – January 20, 2007) was a Ukrainian-born American mathematical psychologist. He ...more
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Barry Beyerstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Dec. at 60 (1947-2007)

Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

Barry L Beyerstein (May 19, 1947 – June 25, 2007) was a scientific skeptic and professor of psychology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Beyerstein's research explored ...more
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Bennet Wong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Dec. at 83 (1930-2013)

Birthplace: Strasbourg, Canada

Bennet Randall Wong (July 16, 1930 – September 25, 2013), was a Canadian psychiatrist, author and lecturer who co-founded the Haven Institute, a residential experiential learning centre on the ...more
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Bob Altemeyer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Bob Altemeyer Age: 78
Robert Anthony "Bob" Altemeyer (born 6 June 1940) is a retired Professor of Psychology at the University of Manitoba. He produced the test and scale for "RWA" or right-wing ...more
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Brenda Milner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Age: 100

Birthplace: Manchester, United Kingdom

Brenda Milner, (born July 15, 1918, née Brenda Langford) is a British-Canadian neuropsychologist who has contributed extensively to the research literature on various topics in the field ...more
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Carl Bereiter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Carl Bereiter

Birthplace: Wisconsin

Carl Edward Bereiter (b. 1930) is an American education researcher, professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto known for his research into ...more
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Christopher D. Green is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Christopher Darren Green (born 1959) is professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is cross-appointed to the graduate science and technology studies program as ...more
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David Brodbeck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
David Brodbeck Age: 53
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Donald Olding Hebb is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Dec. at 81 (1904-1985)

Birthplace: Chester, Chester Municipal District, Nova Scotia, Canada

Donald Olding Hebb FRS (July 22, 1904 – August 20, 1985) was a Canadian psychologist who was influential in the area of neuropsychology, where he sought to understand how the function of neurons ...more
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Douglas N. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)

Birthplace: Merrick, New York

Douglas Northrop Jackson II (August 14, 1929 – August 22, 2004) was a Canadian psychology professor best known for his work in human assessment and psychological testing. Born in Merrick, New ...more
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E. Tory Higgins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Age: 73
Edward Tory Higgins (born March 12, 1946) is the Stanley Schachter Professor of Psychology, Professor of Business, and Director of the Motivation Science Center at Columbia University. Higgins ...more
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Ellen Bialystok is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Age: 70
Ellen Bialystok, OC, FRSC (born 1948) is a Canadian psychologist and professor. She carries the rank of Distinguished Research Professor at York University, in Toronto, and is also an Associate ...more
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Elliott Jaques is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Dec. at 86 (1917-2003)

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Elliott Jaques (January 18, 1917 – March 8, 2003) was a Canadian psychoanalyst, social scientist and management consultant known for as originator of concepts such as ‘corporate culture’, ...more
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Eric Berne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Dec. at 60 (1910-1970)

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Eric Berne (May 10, 1910 – July 15, 1970) was a Canadian-born psychiatrist who, in the middle of the 20th century, created the theory of transactional analysis as a way of explaining human ...more
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Erving Goffman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Dec. at 60 (1922-1982)

Birthplace: Mannville, Canada

Erving Goffman (11 June 1922 – 19 November 1982) was a Canadian-American sociologist, social psychologist, and writer, considered by some "the most influential American sociologist of the ...more
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Fergus I. M. Craik is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Age: 83

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Fergus Ian Muirden Craik FRS (born 17 April 1935, Edinburgh, Scotland) is a cognitive psychologist known for his research on levels of processing in memory. This work was done in collaboration ...more
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Gad Saad is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Age: 54

Birthplace: Lebanon

Gad Saad (; Arabic: جاد سعد‎, Hebrew: גד סעד‎, born October 13, 1964) is a Lebanese-Canadian evolutionary psychologist at the John Molson School of Business (Concordia University, Montreal, ...more

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Harvey Skinner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Age: 69
Harvey Skinner, FCAS is the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Health at York University, beginning July 1, 2006.
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Herbert Jasper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Dec. at 93 (1906-1999)

Birthplace: La Grande, Oregon

Herbert Henri Jasper, (July 27, 1906 – March 11, 1999) was a Canadian psychologist, physiologist, neurologist, and epileptologist. Born in La Grande, Oregon, he attended Reed College in ...more
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J. Philippe Rushton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Dec. at 69 (1943-2012)

Birthplace: Bournemouth, United Kingdom

John Philippe Rushton (December 3, 1943 – October 2, 2012) was a Canadian psychologist and author. He taught at the University of Western Ontario and became known to the general public during ...more
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Jayne Gackenbach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Age: 72
Jayne Gackenbach is a dream researcher whose focus is lucid dreaming and other altered states of consciousness. She holds a Ph.D in Experimental Psychology. She attended Virginia Commonwealth ...more
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Jerome H. Barkow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Jerome H. Barkow
Jerome H. Barkow is a Canadian anthropologist at Dalhousie University who has made important contributions to the field of evolutionary psychology. He received a BA in Psychology from Brooklyn ...more
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Jock McKeen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Psychologists from Canada
Age: 72

Birthplace: Owen Sound, Canada

John Herbert Ross McKeen (born October 19, 1946), is a Canadian physician, acupuncturist, author and lecturer who co-founded the Haven Institute with Bennet Wong. He has written on East-West ...more