The protean field of psychology – discipline, institution, cultural form – provides inspiration and information for my historical work. Why scientific psychology emerged as an academic discipline in the 19th century in Europe, how the field was transformed in America into a multipurpose profession, what the future will hold as psychology provides an idiom for understanding and shaping the self and others – these are some of the questions that animate my research. Current projects include a global survey of psychology in the 20th century, and a study of neuropsychological pathography.

I serve as Editor of History of Psychology, a research journal sponsored by the American Psychological Association.

I regularly teach HPSC X642, “Seminar in the History of Psychology,” for graduate students. In the last few years I designed an undergraduate course, COLL S103, “Exploring Neuropsychological Pathography,” which I teach in the Honors College.