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Academic Genealogy of Karl L. Wuensch
|Karl L. Wuensch, Miami University, 1982|
|Patrick J. Capretta, University of Colorado, 1958|
|Maurice P. Smith, University of Iowa, 1948|
|Kenneth W. Spence, Yale University, 1933|
|Robert M. Yerkes, Harvard University, 1902||Clark L. Hull, University of Wisconsin, 1918|
|▲||Hugo Münsterberg, Universität Leipzig, 1885||Vivian A. C. Henmon, Columbia, 1905||
Johns Hopkins, 1886
|▲||▲||James McKeen Cattell, Universität Leipzig, 1886||
Granville Stanley Hall
Harvard Medical, 1869
Universität Heidelberg (MD), 1856
Harvard Medical, 1869
Capretta: Dissertation "An experimental modification of food preference in chickens." Best known for his research in food habits and foraging. See photos of Pat.
Cattell: Biographical Profile
Hull: Bio from Wikipedia. A lot of people think Hall got his degree from Wundt but he was only a visitor in Wundt's Institute. Hall did most of his work with Henry Pickering Bowditch, who was Dean of the Harvard Medical school and a physiologist. Bowditch got his degree from Harvard from Jeffried Lyman. He studied in Europe with Claude Bernard, Karl Ludwig and others (Evans, Rand, personal communication, 2006).
Henmon: Educational psychologist. I could find only a brief bio online.
James: Online bio
Jastrow: See The Intrepid Joseph Jastrow. Bio from Wikipedia. Jastrow was the first Doctor of Psychology (rather than Ph.D.) in America or anywhere else for that matter. He was strongly influenced early on by C. S. Peirce although his dissertation was with G. Stanley Hall. Jastrow got his degree from Hall when Hall was at Johns Hopkins, which had the first real psychology program in the US, Harvard's claims notwithstanding (Evans, Rand, personal communication, 2006).
Münsterberg: See this student-written biography at Frostburg State.
Smith: Dissertation "The stimulus trace gradient in visual discrimination learning." Alan Christensen, Chair at Iowa University, confirmed that Spence was the major professor for Maurice Smith. The dissertation was published in the Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology (Vol 44(2), Apr 1951, 154-161. doi: 10.1037/h0053669)
Spence: In The Iowa Tradition, Hull is identified as Spence's mentor at Yale. Abram Amsel wrote a nice biographical memoir of Spence. He indicated that Spence's dissertation was directed by Yerkes and concerned visual acuity in the chimpanzee, but that at Yale Spence also started "an intellectual association" with Hull, which led to papers on maze learning which Spence published while working on his dissertation. Given Spence's later works, it is clear that Hull is appropriately identified as a mentor of Spence, IMHO.
Wundt: Online bio.
Yerkes: See his autobiography. Yerkes got his degree from James at Harvard in 1902. Yerkes did a lot of work with Münsterberg at Harvard, though, and thought him the best real researcher around. By then James had turned exclusively to philosophy. Münsterberg wrote in a letter around 1906 that James hadn't done anything in psychology for a decade. You can trace lineage through dissertation chair or through major influence (Evans, Rand, personal communication, 2006).
Comment from a Colleague.
I found in doing these genealogies over the years that virtually everyone in American psychology can trace their lineage back to William James, Wilhelm Wundt or Rudolph Hermann Lotze or if one wasn't to be hardnosed about what it takes to be called a psychologist in those days, Carl Stumpf. By the way, since Hull was so greatly influenced by Pavlov, you can count him on the branch of your intellectual heritage as well. (Rand Evans, personal communication, 2006).
Pat Capretta's Doctoral Students
Thomas Rossiter (1973) -- a clinical psychologist who specializes in EEG biofeedback, neuropsych assessment, and AD/HD.
Daniel Stewart (1975) -- retired faculty member from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
Marilyn Petro (1980) -- associate professor and Chair of Psychology at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Randy Potter (1980) -- chairman of the Dept. of Psychology at Clarion University.
Karl Wuensch (1982)
Others Who Studied with Pat
William Addison (1984, Ed Simmel) -- professor and previous chair of Dept. of Psychology at Eastern Illinois University.
Norman S. Braveman (MA, 1965) -- Ph.D. from Washington State in 1969 (quantitative genetics). President, Braveman BioMed Consultants.
Paul Bronstein (MA, 1966) -- He is not listed in the Miami University alumni directory, but the college catalog at Flint indicates that Paul was at Flint from 1981 through 2004 and that he received his masters from Miami and his doctorate from Rutgers (Norm Spear). The chair in Psychology at Flint passed a message to Paul, and Paul phoned me to confirm that he received his masters from Miami in 1966.
Mike Dietz -- Norman Braveman told me that Dietz was at Miami between Braveman and Bronstein, went from Miami to the armed services, and had now retired. I was unable to find Dietz in the Miami Alumni directory or elsewhere.
Victoria Littlefield (1984, Tony Cooper) -- Partner and Owner at Lumin Advantage Consulting.
Maurus Moore (1980, Don Parker) -- I have been unable to locate Maurus. Dan Stewart and Ray White both told me he was very close to the Caprettas.
Nicolas (Nick) Rohrman (MA, 1964)-- Studied with Pat before Miami was granting doctoral degrees in Psychology. Earned his Ph.D. at Indiana, psycholinguistics. Was at the University of Florida for a while before moving to Maine, where he was at Colby College from 1977 until retiring in 2005.
Jeanne Slattery (1984) -- Worked with Pat and Steve Berry. After Pat died she worked with Tony Cooper and Steve. Professor at Clarion University.
Joe Wister (1987, Ed Simmel) -- associate professor and Chair of Psychology at Chatam College
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This page most recently revised on 8-November-2016.