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Psychology

Psychology Department Alumni

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History Of The Psychology Department

The Psychology Department at City College has a distinguished history. It was founded in 1939, however, psychology courses were offered at the college as early as 1881. Contributing to the Department’s distinguished history is the fact that it has been home to several well-known psychologists. Three of these famous psychologists were Drs. Kenneth Clark, Joseph Barmack and Gardner Murphy. Dr. Clark was known for his research with his wife Dr. Mamie Clark, on the identity of African descent children and his testimony during the groundbreaking civil rights trial, Brown vs. the Board of Education. Joseph Barmack developed pioneering studies on auto safety related to personality characteristics and driving performance. Dr. Murphy, a world-renowned scholar who was noted for research on personality theory, parapsychology and the history of psychology, was the first chair of the Psychology Department. Dr. Murphy and Dr. Clark were also presidents of the American Psychological Association.

CCNY also includes among its earliest alumni several well-regarded psychologists only partially listed here, including: Albert Ellis, Leon Festinger, Sarnoff Mednick, Donald Meichenbaum, Richard Lazarus, Walter Mischel, Henry Gleitman, Murray Glanzer, Julian Hochberg, Irvin Rock, Julian Hochberg, Jacob Cohen, and Richard Herrnstein. Data from 1984 showed that City College led the nation with the largest number of eventual Ph.D.s in psychology—1889—from graduates with a CCNY Bachelor degree psychology major.

Student Alumni and Previous Colleagues

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  Dr. Albert Ellis

 Dr. Morton Deutsch

 Dr. Leon Festinger

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 Dr. Gardner Murphy

 Dr. Henry Gleitman

 Dr. Herman Feifel

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 Dr. Richard Herrnstein

 Dr. Julian Hochberg

 Dr. Jerome Singer

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 Dr. Richard Lazarus

 Dr. Lauren Eron

 Dr. Donald Meichenbaum

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 Dr. Allan Mirsky

 Dr. Irvin Rock

 Dr. Philip Holzman

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 Dr. Elliot Valenstein

 Dr. Walter Mischel

 Dr. Walter Ritter