Psychology List of Famous Psychologists

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List of famous psychologists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top psychologists in the world? This includes the most prominent psychologists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable psychologists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic psychologists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned psychologists.

This list has everything from Phil McGraw to Alfred Kinsey.

From reputable, prominent, and well known psychologists to the lesser known psychologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the psychologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous psychologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous psychologists?" then you're in the right place. (1377 items)

Phil McGraw is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Phil McGraw 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

Sigmund Freud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist, now known as the father of psychoanalysis. Freud qualified as a doctor of medicine at the University of Vienna in 1881, and then carried out research ...more

John Dewey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
John Dewey 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

Alfred Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Alfred Kinsey Alfred Charles Kinsey was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, and sexologist who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University, now known as the ...more

Timothy Leary is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Timothy Leary 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

Joyce Brothers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Joyce Brothers 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

Robert Anton Wilson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Robert Anton Wilson 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

Julie Berry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Julie Berry Julie Berry is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Vanuatu.

Jean Piaget is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Jean Piaget Jean Piaget was a Swiss developmental psychologist and philosopher known for his epistemological studies with children. His theory of cognitive development and epistemological view are together ...more

Ram Dass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Ram Dass 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

Herbert Simon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Herbert Simon 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

William James is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
William James 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

Hugo Münsterberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Hugo Münsterberg 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

Joseph Doucé is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Joseph Doucé Joseph Doucé was born to a rural family in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. He was a psychologist and Baptist pastor in Paris. He was openly gay and was among the founders of the International ...more

Kay Redfield Jamison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Kay Redfield Jamison 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

Paul Rosenfels is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Paul Rosenfels 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

Lauren Slater is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Lauren Slater 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

Steven Pinker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Steven Pinker 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

Chris Argyris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Chris Argyris 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

James Hillman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
James Hillman James Hillman appeared in the 2007 film The 11th Hour.

Stan Katz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Stan Katz Stan J. Katz is a psychologist and a presenter.

Jonathan Kellerman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Jonathan Kellerman 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

Dan Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Dan Anderson 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

Louis M. Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Louis M. Goldstein 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

Marie-Louise von Franz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Marie-Louise von Franz Marie-Louise von Franz was a Swiss Jungian psychologist and scholar, renowned for her psychological interpretations of fairy tales and of alchemical manuscripts.

Diane Watson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Diane Watson 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

John M. Gottman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
John M. Gottman 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

Kenneth J Gergen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Kenneth J Gergen 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.

Gregory Berns is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Gregory Berns Distinguished Chair of Neuroeconomics at Emory University.

Carl Alfred Meier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Carl Alfred Meier Carl Alfred Meier was a Swiss psychiatrist, Jungian psychologist, scholar, and first president of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich. As a successor to Carl Jung, he held the Chair of ...more

Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Kevin Hogan Kevin Michael Hogan is the starting American football quarterback for the Stanford Cardinal.

Nathaniel Branden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Nathaniel Branden 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

William Moulton Marston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
William Moulton Marston 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

Susan Blackmore is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Susan Blackmore Susan Jane Blackmore is an English freelance writer, lecturer, sceptic, and broadcaster on psychology and the paranormal, and is best known for her book The Meme Machine. She has written or ...more

J. Allan Hobson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
J. Allan Hobson 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

Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Pamela Stephenson Pamela Helen Stephenson Connolly is a New Zealand clinical psychologist, writer and actress who is now a resident in both the United Kingdom and United States. She is best known for her work as ...more

Livingston Farrand is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Livingston Farrand Livingston Farrand, M.D., LL.D. was an American physician, anthropologist, psychologist, public health advocate and academic administrator.

David Marr is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
David Marr David Courtnay Marr was a British neuroscientist and psychologist. Marr integrated results from psychology, artificial intelligence, and neurophysiology into new models of visual processing. His ...more

Benedict Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Benedict Jones Benedict Jones is a research psychologist and lecturer at the University of Glasgow who studies the biological and social factors underlying face perception and preferences. He received his PhD ...more

Albert Bandura is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Albert Bandura Albert Bandura OC is a psychologist who is the David Starr Jordan Professor Emeritus of Social Science in Psychology at Stanford University. For almost six decades, he has been responsible for ...more

Edwin A. Fleishman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Edwin A. Fleishman 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

Daniel Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Daniel Gilbert 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

George Loewenstein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
George Loewenstein 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

Roger Wolcott Sperry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Roger Wolcott Sperry 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

Ivan Pavlov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Ivan Pavlov Ivan Petrovich Pavlov was a Russian physiologist known primarily for his work in classical conditioning. From his childhood days Pavlov demonstrated intellectual brilliance along with an unusual ...more

Elizabeth Loftus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Elizabeth Loftus 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

James C. Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
James C. Kaufman 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

Havelock Ellis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Havelock Ellis Henry Havelock Ellis, known as Havelock Ellis, was an English physician, writer, and social reformer who studied human sexuality. He was co-author of the first medical textbook in English on ...more

Marshall Colt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
Marshall Colt Marshall Colt is a management consultant, combat-decorated veteran and former Captain in the United States Navy in San Diego, California, who was an actor in film and television from 1976 to ...more

B. F. Skinner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Psychologists
B. F. Skinner 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