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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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Phil McGraw is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 67 Phillip Calvin "Phil" McGraw, known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, which debuted in 2002. ...more

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John Dewey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 93 (1859-1952) John Dewey, FAA was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey is one of the primary figures ...more

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Alfred Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 62 (1894-1956) Alfred Charles Kinsey was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology.

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Timothy Leary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 76 (1920-1996) Timothy Francis Leary was an American psychologist and writer who was known for advocating psychedelic drugs. During American legality of LSD and psilocybin, Leary conducted experiments under ...more

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Joyce Brothers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 86 (1927-2013) Joyce Diane Brothers was an American psychologist, television personality and columnist, who wrote a daily newspaper advice column from 1960 to 2013. In 1955, she became the only woman ever to ...more

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Robert Anton Wilson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 75 (1932-2007) Robert Anton Wilson was an American author, novelist, essayist, editor, playwright, poet, futurist, psychologist, and self-described agnostic mystic. Recognized as an Episkopos, Pope, and saint ...more

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Julie Berry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 37 Julie Berry is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Vanuatu.

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Ram Dass is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 87 Ram Dass is an American spiritual teacher and the author of the seminal 1971 book Be Here Now. He is known for his personal and professional associations with Timothy Leary at Harvard University ...more

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Herbert Simon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 85 (1916-2001) Herbert Alexander Simon, a Nobel laureate, was an American political scientist, economist, sociologist, psychologist, computer scientist, and Richard King Mellon Professor—most notably at ...more

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William James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 68 (1842-1910) William James was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician. The first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States, James was one of the leading ...more

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Hugo Münsterberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 53 (1863-1916) Hugo Münsterberg was a German-American psychologist. He was one of the pioneers in applied psychology, extending his research and theories to Industrial/Organizational, legal, medical, ...more

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Kay Redfield Jamison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 71 Kay Redfield Jamison is an American clinical psychologist and writer. Her work has centered on bipolar disorder, which she has had since her early adulthood. She holds a post of Professor of ...more

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Paul Rosenfels is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 76 (1909-1985) Paul Rosenfels was an American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst known as one of the first American social scientists to publish about homosexuality as part of the human condition, rather than ...more

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Lauren Slater is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 55 Lauren Slater is an American psychologist and writer. She is the author of seven books, including Welcome To My Country, Prozac Diary, and Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir. Her 2004 Opening ...more

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Steven Pinker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 63 Steven Arthur Pinker is a Canadian-born American experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and popular science author. He is a Harvard College Professor and the Johnstone Family ...more

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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) Chris Argyris was an American business theorist, Professor Emeritus at Harvard Business School, and a Thought Leader at Monitor Group. Argyris is next to Richard Beckhard, Edgar Schein and ...more

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James Hillman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 85 (1926-2011) James Hillman appeared in the 2007 film The 11th Hour.

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Jonathan Kellerman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 68 Jonathan Kellerman is an American psychologist, and Edgar and Anthony Award-winning author of numerous bestselling suspense novels. His writings on psychology include Savage Spawn: Reflections ...more

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Dan Anderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003) Dan Anderson was an American psychologist and head of Hazelden between 1961 and his retirement in 1986. He was the pioneer of the Minnesota Model for alcohol and drug addiction treatment, based ...more

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Louis M. Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Louis M. Goldstein is an American linguist and cognitive scientist. He was previously a professor and chair of the Department of Linguistics and a professor of psychology at Yale University, and ...more

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Diane Watson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 84 Diane Edith Watson is a former US Representative for California's 33rd congressional district, serving from 2003 until 2011. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is located ...more

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John M. Gottman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 76 John Mordecai Gottman is a professor emeritus in psychology known for his work on marital stability and relationship analysis through scientific direct observations, many of which were published ...more

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Kenneth J Gergen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 83 Kenneth J. Gergen is an American psychologist and professor at Swarthmore College. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and his Ph.D. from Duke University.

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Gregory Berns is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Distinguished Chair of Neuroeconomics at Emory University.

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Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 56 Kevin Michael Hogan is the starting American football quarterback for the Stanford Cardinal.

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Nathaniel Branden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 88 Nathaniel Branden was a Canadian–American psychotherapist and writer known for his work in the psychology of self-esteem. A former associate and romantic partner of Ayn Rand, Branden also played ...more

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William Moulton Marston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 54 (1893-1947) William Moulton Marston, also known by the pen name Charles Moulton, was an American psychologist, lawyer, inventor and comic book writer who created the character Wonder Woman. Two women, his ...more

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J. Allan Hobson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 85 John Allan Hobson is an American psychiatrist and dream researcher. He is known for his research on rapid eye movement sleep. He is Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School, and ...more

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Livingston Farrand is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 72 (1867-1939) Livingston Farrand, M.D., LL.D. was an American physician, anthropologist, psychologist, public health advocate and academic administrator.

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Edwin A. Fleishman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 91 Edwin A. Fleishman is an American psychologist best known for his work in the field of industrial and organizational psychology. Among his notable achievements was a taxonomy for describing ...more

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Daniel Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 60 Daniel Todd Gilbert is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He is a social psychologist known for his research on affective forecasting, with a special emphasis on cognitive biases ...more

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George Loewenstein is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 62 George Freud Loewenstein is an American educator and economist. He is the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Economics and Psychology in the Social and Decision Sciences Department at Carnegie Mellon ...more

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Roger Wolcott Sperry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994) Roger Wolcott Sperry was a neuropsychologist, neurobiologist and Nobel laureate who, together with David Hunter Hubel and Torsten Nils Wiesel, won the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine ...more

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James C. Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 43 James C. Kaufman is a psychologist known for his research on creativity. He is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. Previously, he ...more

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Elizabeth Loftus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 73 Elizabeth F. Loftus (born October 16, 1944) is an American psychologist and expert on human memory. She has conducted research on the misinformation effect and the nature of false memories. ...more

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B. F. Skinner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 86 (1904-1990) Burrhus Frederic Skinner was an American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher. He was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958 ...more

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Jerome Kagan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Jerome Kagan age 89 Jerome Kagan is an American psychologist. He was born in 1929 in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in Rahway, New Jersey. Kagan is currently retired after being a professor at Harvard University ...more

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Daniel Kahneman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 84 Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli-American psychologist notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, as well as behavioral economics, for which he was awarded the 2002 ...more

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Elliot Aronson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 86 Elliot Aronson is an American psychologist. He is listed among the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th Century and is best known for the invention of the Jigsaw Classroom as a method of ...more

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Harvey Jackins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 83 (1916-1999) Carl Harvey Jackins was the founder, leader and principal theorist of Re-evaluation Counseling.

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J. R. Kantor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 96 (1888-1984) Jacob Robert Kantor was a prominent American psychologist who pioneered a naturalistic system in psychology called Interbehavioral Psychology or Interbehaviorism.

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Steve G. Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 50 Steve G. Jones is a clinical hypnotherapist based in Savannah, Georgia. He also has offices in New York and California. He has created numerous recordings and publications about hypnosis, ...more

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Richard E. Mayer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Richard E. Mayer age 71 Richard E. Mayer is an American educational psychologist who has made significant contributions to theories of cognition and learning, especially as they relate to problem solving and the design ...more

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James Dobson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 81 James Clayton "Jim" Dobson, Jr. is an American evangelical Christian author, psychologist, and founder in 1977 of Focus on the Family, which he led until 2003. In the 1980s he was ...more

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G. M Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
G. M Gilbert Dec. at 66 (1911-1977) Gustave Mark Gilbert was an American psychologist best known for his writings containing observations of high-ranking Nazi leaders during the Nuremberg Trials. His Psychology of Dictatorship was ...more

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Brian Wansink is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 57 Brian Wansink is an American professor in the fields of consumer behavior and nutritional science. He is a former Executive Director of the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. ...more

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Howard Buten is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Howard Buten age 68 Howard Buten is an American author living in France. He is also a psychologist, a clown, and a violin player. He is the author of five novels, the first of which, entitled When I Was Five I ...more

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Carl Rogers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 85 (1902-1987) Carl Ransom Rogers was an influential American psychologist and among the founders of the humanistic approach to psychology. Rogers is widely considered to be one of the founding fathers of ...more

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Albert Ellis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
Dec. at 94 (1913-2007) Albert Ellis was an American psychologist who in 1955 developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. He held M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Columbia University and American ...more

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Donald Clark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Psychologists from the United States
age 88 Donald H. Clark is an American writer, teacher, consultant and clinical psychologist who has specialized in group and individual work with gay people since 1968. His writing includes fiction, ...more