History and Systems

During the Spring of 2017, I will teach "History and Systems" to clinical psychology Ph.D. students at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  I've taught History and Systems before at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and at Cal State, Fullerton; I'll be reworking the class again to make it current, exciting, and applicable to our students.  Feel free to send me any input -- preferably prior to the start of class, but after it starts (or ends) is fine, too.  For now, this page is a work in progress... 

Syllabus (updated 2/11/17)

  • Benjamin, L.T. (2006) Application of Scientific Principles: Hugo Munsterberg’s attack on the applications of scientific psychology.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 91414-425. (pdf)
  • Green, C. D. (2002). Digging archaeology:  Sources of Foucault’s historigiography. Journal of Interdisciplinary Crossroad, 1, 121-141. (pdf; link)
  • Kendler, H. (2005). Psychology and phenomenology: A clarification. American Psychologist, 60, 318-324.  (pdf)
  • Maher, W. B., & Maher, B. (1982).  The ship of fools:  Stultifera navis or Ignis fatuusAmerican Psychologist, 37, 756-761. (pdf)
  • Meehl, P. E. (1993) Philosophy of science: Help or hindrance? Psychological Reports, 72, 707-733. (pdf)
  • O’Donohue, W., & Buchanan, J. A. (2001). The weaknesses of strong inference. Behavior and Philosophy, 29, 1-20. (pdf)
  • Overskeid, G. (2007). Looking for Skinner and finding Freud.  American Psychologist, 62, 590-595. (pdf)
  • Platt, J. R. (1965). Strong inference: Certain systematic methods of scientific thinking may produce much more rapid progress than others. Science, 146, 347-353. (pdf)
  • Roseboom, W. W. (2005).  Meehl on meta-theory.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 61, 1317-1354. (pdf)
  • Taylor, E. (1999). William James and Sigmund Freud:  “The Future of Psychology Belongs to Your Work.”  Psychological Science, 10, 465-469. (pdf)
Writing Prompts (coming soon)
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Useful Sites
I also found this series, A History of Psychology in Autobiography, to be very interesting.  I also have hard copies of the series, A History of Clinical Psychology in Autobiography, which has two volumes.
I also have hard copies of the series, A History of Clinical Psychology in Autobiography, which has two volumes.
  • Volume I - C. Eugene Walker (Ed.), (1991)
    • Albert Ellis
    • Hans J. Eysenck
    • Sol L. Garfield
    • Molly Harrower
    • Margaret Ives
    • Alan O. Ross
    • Edwin Schneidman
    • Hans H. Strupp
  • Volume II - C. Eugene Walker (Ed.), (1993)
    • Theodora M. Abel
    • Anne Anastasi
    • Luise Bates Ames
    • Raymond B. Cattell
    • W. Grant Dahlstrom
    • Robert R. Hold
    • John Money
    • Julian B. Rotter
  • Also, see these volumes of  The Teaching of Psychology in Autobiography.