Reflections upon having been elected a fellow of APA

A new piece, now available online at History of Psychology, will interest AHP readers: “Reflections upon having been elected a fellow of APA,” Burman, J. T. Abstract:

In this article, the author offers his reflections on being elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association as an historian of psychology. The author didn’t start out as an historian. His bachelor and doctorate are both in psychology. But he did also certainly choose to leave psychology, then to return with a different perspective. So this election feels like an affirmation of that decision, and an endorsement of the scholarship that resulted: his service to science by other means, after he was himself “revised and resubmitted.” Nearly two decades after his original departure from experimental psychology, the author has decided that “science” is the set of tested- and defended boundaries of what we think we know, which move as they’re renegotiated. In other words, science is the shared collection and discussion of what has been accepted to be the case (as well as the process of careful revision). But it’s also then the history of science that provides evidence to answer the philosophical “demarcation problem,” not science itself.

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.