History of the Journal of Applied Psychology

The Fall 2009 issue of the American Journal of Psychology contains an article on early psychologist Ludwig Reinholf Geissler. In this article Roger K. Thomas, of the University of Georgia, argues that of the three founders of the Journal of Applied PsychologyG. Stanley Hall, John Wallace Baird, and Geissler – it was Geissler who was the driving force behind the publication in the initial years of the journal. Thomas’s article is entitled, “Ludwig Reinhold Geissler and the Founding of the Journal of Applied Psychology“. The abstract reads:

A significant number of earlier (1929–1987) and more recent (1991–2009) history of psychology textbooks have reported on the 1917 founding of the Journal of Applied Psychology (JAP). Although only G. Stanley Hall (1844–1924) was mentioned as the founder, the JAP had three financial founders: Hall, John Wallace Baird (1869–1919), and Ludwig Reinhold Geissler (1879–1932). They also served as co-editors for Volumes 1 and 2, and Hall and Geissler continued as co-editors for Volumes 3 and 4. Geissler’s contributions to Volumes 1–4 far exceeded Hall’s and Baird’s. In unpublished autobiographical notes written in 1920, Geissler described himself as having “founded” and “established” the JAP with Hall’s and Baird’s aid; the evidence is consistent with that claim.

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.