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Inside the Psychologist’s Studio

Janet Spence

Janet Spence

Janet Spence

Whether in the field or the laboratory, the career of Janet Taylor Spence, the first elected President of APS, is characterized both by unparalleled empirical rigor and her innovative theoretical approach. Earlier this year, Spence sat down with friend and colleague Kay Deaux, a former APS president herself, to discuss Spence’s illustrious career and reflections on her experiences, the current state of the field, and what excites her about its future. From starting out as an “experimental” hire as the first woman in an all-male department to the genesis of her ground-breaking book with Robert Helmreich, Masculinity and Femininity, to her advice to today’s scholars, Spence’s wit and wisdom provide a fascinating glimpse into one of psychological science’s major minds.

Observer Vol.23, No.7 September, 2010

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