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Michael A. Wallach, Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Michael A. Wallach
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Office Location:  320 Soc-Psych, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5741
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Ph.D. Harvard University1958
Research Interests: Learning--Gifted & Disadvantaged Children, Values

Michael A. Wallach received his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1954, and he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1958. His doctoral dissertation was on categorizing and conceptualization. He taught at Harvard University, MIT, and the University of Chicago. He has also served for ten years (1963-1972) as Editor of the Journal of Personality. He was for 20 years (1989-2008) Editor of a book series on Alternatives in Psychology, published by State University of New York Press. Dr. Wallach's research spans a wide range of topics. His books and articles cover such areas as personality, social psychology, and cognitive processes. In recent years his research has focused on the learning processes of gifted and disadvantaged children. His recent research has also concerned the value implications of psychology for defining goals of human conduct. He has also recently pursued work on egoism, altruism, and ethics; on mental patients, institutions, and homelessness; and on processes of knowing in psychology--experimentation that does and does not contribute to psychological knowledge. His current work concerns varying conceptions of mind.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Wallach, L; Wallach, MA (2012). Seven views of mind.. PSYCHOLOGY PRESS. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Wallach, L; Wallach, MA (2010). Some Theories are Unfalsifiable: A Comment on Trafimow. Theory & Psychology, 20(5), 703-706. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  3. Drake, RE; O'Neal, EL; Wallach, MA (2008). A systematic review of psychosocial research on psychosocial interventions for people with co-occurring severe mental and substance use disorders.. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 34(1), 123-138. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  4. Drake, RE; Wallach, MA (2008). Conceptual models of treatment for co-occurring substance use. Mental Health and Substance Use, 1(3), 189-193. [doi]
  5. Drake, RE; Wallach, MA (2007). Is comorbidity a psychological science?. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 14(1), 20-22. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]

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