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Famous Psychologists from the United States

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List of notable or famous psychologists from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top psychologists born in the United States and even some popular psychologists who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American 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 the United States is included when available.

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This historic psychologists from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American psychologists of note?" and "Who are the most famous psychologists from the United States?" These prominent psychologists of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American psychologists.

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    Phil McGraw is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    BirthplaceVinita, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Phillip Calvin McGraw (born September 1, 1950), known as Dr. Phil, is an American television... more on Wikipedia

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    John Dewey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    John Dewey

    Dec. at 93 (1859-1952)

    BirthplaceBurlington, Vermont

    John Dewey (; October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Alfred Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    Alfred Kinsey

    Dec. at 62 (1894-1956)

    BirthplaceHoboken, New Jersey

    Alfred Charles Kinsey (; June 23, 1894 – August 25, 1956) was an American biologist, professor... more on Wikipedia
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    Timothy Leary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    Timothy Leary

    Dec. at 76 (1920-1996)

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Timothy Francis Leary (October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996) was an American psychologist and... more on Wikipedia

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    Joyce Brothers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    Joyce Brothers

    Dec. at 86 (1927-2013)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Joyce Diane Brothers (née Bauer; October 20, 1927 – May 13, 2013) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Robert Anton Wilson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    Robert Anton Wilson

    Dec. at 75 (1932-2007)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Robert Anton Wilson (born Robert Edward Wilson; January 18, 1932 – January 11, 2007) was an... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Julie Berry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    BirthplaceLewiston, Maine, United States of America

    Julie Berry is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Vanuatu.
  • 8
    Ram Dass is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    Ram Dass

    Age: 89

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, USA

    Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert; April 6, 1931) is an American spiritual teacher, former... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Herbert Simon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    Herbert Simon

    Dec. at 85 (1916-2001)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    Herbert Simon may refer to: Herbert A. Simon (1916–2001), American political scientist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    William James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    William James

    Dec. at 68 (1842-1910)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    William James (January 11, 1842 – August 27, 1910) was an American philosopher and... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Hugo Münsterberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    Hugo Münsterberg

    Dec. at 53 (1863-1916)

    BirthplaceGdańsk, Poland

    Hugo Münsterberg (; June 1, 1863 – December 16, 1916) was a German-American psychologist. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Kay Redfield Jamison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
    Kay Redfield Jamison (born June 22, 1946) is an American clinical psychologist and writer. Her... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Paul Rosenfels is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    Paul Rosenfels

    Dec. at 76 (1909-1985)
    Paul Rosenfels (March 21, 1909 in Chicago – 1985 in New York City) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Lauren Slater is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
    Lauren Slater (born March 21, 1963) is an American psychotherapist and writer. She is the... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Steven Pinker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18, 1954) is a Canadian-American cognitive psychologist,... more on Wikipedia

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    Chris Argyris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    Chris Argyris

    Dec. at 90 (1923-2013)

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey

    Chris Argyris (July 16, 1923 – November 16, 2013) was a Greek business theorist, Professor... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    James Hillman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    James Hillman

    Dec. at 85 (1926-2011)

    BirthplaceAtlantic City, New Jersey

    James Hillman appeared in the 2007 film The 11th Hour.
  • 18
    Jonathan Kellerman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Jonathan Seth Kellerman (born August 9, 1949) is an American novelist, psychologist, and Edgar... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Dan Anderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    Dan Anderson

    Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)
    Dan Anderson (March 30, 1921 – February 19, 2003) was an American clinical psychologist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Louis M. Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
    Louis M. Goldstein [1][2] is an American linguist and cognitive scientist. He was previously a... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Diane Watson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Diane Edith Watson (born November 12, 1933) is a former US Representative for California's... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    John M. Gottman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
    John Mordecai Gottman is a professor emeritus in psychology known for his work on marital... more on Wikipedia
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    Kenneth J Gergen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    BirthplaceRochester, New York

    Kenneth J. Gergen is an American psychologist and professor at Swarthmore College. He obtained... more on Wikipedia
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    Gregory Berns is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
    Gregory S. Berns is an American neuroeconomist, neuroscientist, professor of psychiatry,... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Kevin Michael Hogan is the starting American football quarterback for the Stanford Cardinal.
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