Darley Takes Helm as President

You don’t have to be from Princeton to be President of APS, but apparently it helps. APS is pleased to welcome this year’s roster of distinguished leaders. Our new President is Princeton’s John M. Darley, who succeeds Robert A. Bjork. Darley’s colleague from Princeton, Susan Fiske, replaces Darley as President-Elect. New Board Members are Susan Mineka, Northwestern University, and Charles (Randy) Gallistel, currently at Rutgers University on leave from UCLA. Mineka and Gallistel succeed outgoing Board Members Robert Levenson and Henry L. Roediger, III.

Darley, an APS Fellow and Charter Member, is a social psychologist who received his PhD from Harvard University in 1965. His research interests include social influence processes, bystander intervention in emergency situations, social comparison theory, the psychology of moral judgments, and psychology and the law. Darley previously served on the APS Board from 1996-1999. He has been at Princeton since 1968, during which time he served as department chair from 1980-85. He currently is the Dorman T. Warren Professor of Psychology.

As President, Darley will be overseeing APS’s activities in a number of areas, including increasing APS’s international membership, expanding the presence of clinical scientists, and continuing the Society’s emphasis on the “giving away” of psychology. Darley, who served on the editorial committee of the Annual Review of Psychology for 11 years, sees Psychological Science in the Public Interest (PSPI) as particularly effective in advancing that objective.


President-Elect Susan Fiske’s research addresses how stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination are systematic and predictable from social structure. Fiske, who grew up in a stable, racially integrated neighborhood, “still wonders why more of the world isn’t like that” and hopes to use her position on the Board to “facilitate scientific psychology and its service to society.”

Fiske, a 1978 Harvard PhD, will begin her presidential term after the 2002 Annual Convention in New Orleans. Fiske received an honorary doctorate from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, in 1995. She is an APS Fellow and Charter Member.

Fiske has held numerous elected and appointed positions in psychology. Among them, she served as president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in 1994, and is the current editor of the Annual Review of Psychology.

Newly-elected APS Board Member Susan Mineka has been at Northwestern University since 1987, where she is a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences clinical psychology program on the Evanston, IL, campus. After earning a PhD in experimental psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974, Mineka pursued clinical training at the University of Wisconsin. A Fellow of APS, Mineka has served as president of the Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology as well as president of the Midwestern Psychological Association.

In her past research, Mineka has concentrated on animal models of human fears, anxiety, and depression and she still does theoretical work in this area. Her other current research interests focus on understanding cognitive and behavioral factors in humans that contribute to the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders.


APS Fellow Charles “Randy” Gallistel, a 1966 Yale PhD, is bi-coastal: he’s on sabbatical from UCLA, where he is professor emeritus, and has relocated to Rutgers University, where he holds joint appointments in the department of psychology and the Center for Cognitive Science. Gallistel is a founding co-editor of the APS journal Current Directions in Psychological Science, and, in a first for APS, is the husband of APS Board Member Rochel Gelman, who also is at Rutgers.

A prolific author of journal articles and books, Gallistel’s general research interests are in the areas of behavioral neuroscience, and learning and memory. He specializes in animal cognition; more specifically, spatial, temporal, and numerical learning and reasoning in animals. Among his goals is the development of fully automated, highly diagnostic behavioral screens for abilities in learning and memory in the mouse and zebra fish. Gallistel has established the Behavioral Genetics of Memory Laboratory at Rutgers.

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