APA Presidential Addresses

This is a list of the addresses given by the various presidents of the American Psychological Association. Some of the addresses can be read directly; they have highlighted titles that can be clicked and will take the viewer to a copy of the document. Currently, the addresses that can be read are located on web page Classics in the History of Psychology provided courtesy of York University in Toronto.

A related page on the subject can be found at the Directory of Annual Meetings of the American Psychological Association 1892-2006. Clicking on the highlighted text will take you to the directory.

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1892 G. Stanley Hall - History and Prospects of Experimental Psychology in American. Apparently Not Published. The following Appears as an abstract in the separately Published Proceedings of the first three meetings of the APA: "This Paper consisted of an abstract of an extensive history of Psychology in this country beginning with Jonathan Edwards and coming up to the present time. The history is intended to include an account of all the important investigations and in anticipation of the final paper any more detailed account is omitted."
1893 George Trumbull Ladd - Address of the President. Psychological Review, 1894, 1, 1-21.
*1894 William James - The Knowing of Things Together. Psychological Review, 2, 105-124.
*1895 J. Mckeen Cattell - Address of the President. Psychological Review, 1896, 3, 134-148.
1896 G.S. Fullerton - The Knower in Psychology. Psychological Review, 1897, 4, 1-26.
1897 J.M. Baldwin - On Selective Thinking. Psychological Review, 1898, 5, 1-24.
1898 Hugo Munsterberg - Psychology and History. Psychological Review, 1899, 5, 1-24.
*1899 John Dewey - Psychology and Social Practice. Psychological Review, 1900, 7, 105-124.
1900 Joseph Jastrow - Currents and Undercurrents in Psychology. Psychological Review, 1901, 8, 1-26.
1901 Josiah Royce - Recent Logical Inquiries and Their Psychological Bearings. Psychological Review, 1902, 9, 105-133.
1902 E.C. Sanford - Psychology and Physics. Psychological Review, 1903, 10, 105-119.
1903 William L. Bryan - Theory and Practice. Psychological Review, 1904, 11, 71-82.
1904 William James - The Experience of Activity. Psychological Review, 1905, 12, 1-17.
1905 Mary W. Calkins - A Reconciliation of Structural and Functional Psychology. Psychological Review, 1906, 13, 61-81.
*1906 James R. Angell - The Province of Functional Psychology. Psychological Review, 1907, 14, 61-91.
1907 Henry R. Marshall - The Methods of The Naturalist and Psychologist. Psychological Review, 1908, 15, 1-24.
1908 George M. Stratton - Toward the Correction of Some Rival Methods in Psychology. Psychological Review, 1909, 16, 67-84.
1909 Charles H. Judd - Evolution and Consciousness. Psychological Review, 1910, 17, 77-97.
1910 Walter B. Pillsbury - The Place of Movement in Consciousness. Psychological Review, 1911, 18, 83-99.
1911 Carl E. Seashore - The Measure of A Singer. Science, Feb. 9, 1912, 35, 201-212.
*1912 Edward L. Thorndike - Ideo-Motor Action. Psychological Review, 1913, 20, 91-106.
1913 Howard C. Warren - The Mental and the Physical. Psychological Review, 1914, 21, 79-100.
*1914 R.S. Woodworth - A Revision of Imageless Thought. Psychological Review, 1915, 22, 1-27.
*1915 John B. Watson - The Place of the Conditioned-Reflex in Psychology. Psychological Review, 1916, 23, 89-116.
1916 Raymond Dodge - The Laws of Relative Fatigue. Psychological Review, 1917, 24, 89-113.
*1917 Robert M. Yerkes - Psychology in Relation to the War. Psychological Review, 1918, 25, 85-115.
1918 J.W. Baird - No presidential address was given. Because of the War this was an abbreviated meeting.
1919 Walter Dill Scott - Changes in Some of our Conceptions and Practices of Personnel. Psychological Review, 1920, 27, 81-94.
1920 S.I. Franz - Cerebral-Mental Relations. Psychological Review, 1921, 28, 81-95.
1921 Margaret Floy Washburn - Introspection as an Objective Method. Psychological Review, 1921, 28, 81-95.
1922 Knight Dunlap - The Foundation of Social Psychology. Psychological Review, 1923, 30, 81-102.
*1923 Lewis M. Terman - The Mental Test as a Psychological Method. Psychological Review, 1924, 31, 93-117.
1924 G. Stanley Hall - Died before giving address. W.H. Burnham delivered a tribute - The Man G. Stanley Hall. Psychological Review, 1925, 32, 89-102.
1925 Madison Bentley - The Major Categories of Psychology. Psychological Review, 1926, 33, 71-105.
1926 Harvey Carr - The Interpretation of the Animal Mind. Psychological Review, 1927, 34, 87-106.
1927 H.L. Hollingworth - Sensuous Determinants of Psychological Attitude. Psychological Review, 1928, 35, 93-117.
*1928 Edwin G. Boring - The Psychology of Controversy. Psychological Review, 1929, 36, 97-121.
*1929 Karl S. Lashley - Basic Neural Mechanisms in Behavior. Psychological Review, 1930, 37, 1-24.
1930 Herbert S. Langfeld - A Response Interpretation of Consciousness. Psychological Review, 1931, 38, 87-108.
1931 Walter S. Hunter - The Psychological Study of Behavior. Psychological Review, 1932, 39, 1-24.
1932 Walter R. Miles - Age and Human Ability. Psychological Review, 1933, 40, 99-123.
*1933 L.L. Thurstone - The Vectors of Mind. Psychological Review, 1934, 41, 1-32.
1934 Joseph Peterson - Aspects of Learning. Psychological Review, 1935, 42, 1-27.
1935 Albert T. Poffenberger - Psychology and Life. Psychological Review, 1936, 43, 9-31.
*1936 Clark L. Hull - Mind, Mechanism, and Adaptive Behavior. Psychological Review, 1937, 44, 1-32.
*1937 Edward C. Tolman - The Determiners of Behavior at a Choice Point. Psychological Review, 1938, 45, 1-41.
1938 John Frederick Dashiell - Some Rapprochements in Contemporary Psychology. Psychological Bulletin, 1939, 36, 1-24.
1939 Gordon W. Allport - The Psychologist's Frame of Reference. Psychological Bulletin, 1940, 37, 1-28.
1940 Leonard Carmichael - The Experimental Embryology of Mind. Psychological Bulletin, 1941, 38, 1-28.
1941 Herbert Woodrow - The Problem of General Quantitative Laws in Psychology. Psychological Bulletin, 1942, 39, 1-27.
1942 Calvin P. Stone - Multiply, Vary, Let the Strongest Live and the Weakest Die. Charles Darwin. Psychological Bulletin, 1944, 41, 1-29. (no speech)
1943 John E. Anderson - Freedom and Constraint or Potentiality and Environment. Psychological Bulletin, 1944, 41, 1-29. (no speech)
1944 Gardner Murphy - The Freeing of Intelligence. Psychological Bulletin, 1945, 42, 1-19.
1945 Edwin R. Guthrie - Psychological Facts and Psychological Theory. Psychological Bulletin, 1946, 43, 1-20.
1946 Henry E. Garrett - A Developmental Theory of Intelligence. American Psychologist, 1946, 1, 372-378.
*1947 Carl R. Rogers - Some Observations on the Organization of Personality. American Psychologist, 1947, 2, 358-368.
1948 Donald G. Marquis - Research Planning at the Frontiers of Science. American Psychologist, 1948, 3, 430-438.
1949 Ernest R. Hilgard - Human Motives and the Concept of the Self. American Psychologist, 1949, 4, 374-382.
1950 J.P. Guilford - Creativity. American Psychologist, 1950, 5, 444-454.
1951 Robert R. Sears - A Theoretical Framework for Personality and Social Behavior. American Psychologist, 1951, 6, 476-483.
1952 John McVickers Hunt - Psychological Services in the Tactics of Psychological Science. American Psychologist, 1952, 7, 608-622.
1953 Laurence F. Shaffer - Of Whose Reality I Cannot Doubt. American Psychologist, 1953, 8, 608-623.
1954 O. Hobart Mowrer - The Psychologist Looks at Language. American Psychologist, 1954, 9, 660-694.
1955 E. Lowell Kelly - Consistency of the Adult Personality. American Psychologist, 1955, 10, 659-681.
1956 Theodore M. Newcomb - The Prediction of Interpersonal Attraction. American Psychologist, 1956, 11, 575-586.
*1957 Lee J. Cronbach - The Two Disciplines of Scientific Psychology. American Psychologist, 1957, 12, 671-684.
*1958 Harry F. Harlow - The Nature of Love. American Psychologist, 1958, 13, 673-685.
*1959 Wolfgang Kohler - Gestalt Psychology Today. American Psychologist, 1959, 14, 727-734.
1960 D.O. Hebb - The American Revolution. American Psychologist, 1960, 15, 735-745.
*1961 Neal E. Miller - Analytical Studies of Drive and Reward. American Psychologist, 1961, 16, 739-754.
1962 Paul E. Meehl - Schizotaxia, Schizotypy, Schizophrenia. American Psychologist, 1962, 17, 827-838.
1963 Charles E. Osgood - On Understanding and Creating Sentences. American Psychologist, 1963, 18, 735-751.
1964 Quinn McNemar - Lost: Our Intelligence? Why? American Psychologist, 1964, 19, 871-882.
*1965 Jerome S. Bruner - The Growth of Mind. American Psychologist, 1965, 20, 1007-1017.
1966 Nicholas Hobbs - Helping Disturbed Children: Psychological and Ecological Strategies. American Psychologist, 1966, 21, 1105-1115.
1967 Gardner Lindzey - Some Remarks Concerning Incest, the Incest Taboo and Psychoanalytic Theory. American Psychologist, 1967, 22, 1051-1059.
1968 Abraham H. Maslow - No written address.
1969 George A. Miller - Psychology as a Means of Promoting Human Welfare. American Psychologist, 1969, 24, 1063-1075.
1970 George W. Albee - The Uncertain Future of Clinical Psychology. American Psychologist, 1970, 25, 1071-1080.
1971 Kenneth B. Clark - The Pathos of Power: A Psychological Perspective. American Psychologist, 1971, 26 1047-1057.
1972 Anne Anastasi - The Cultivation of Diversity. American Psychologist, 1972, 27, 1091-1099.
1973 Leona E. Tyler - Design for a Hopeful Psychology. American Psychologist, 1973, 28, 1021-1029.
1974 Albert Bandura - Behavior Theory and the Models of Man. American Psychologist, 1943, 29, 859-869.
1975 Donald T. Campbell - On the Conflicts Between Biological and Social Evolution and Between Psychology and Moral Tradition. American Psychologist, 1975, 30, 1103-1126.
1976 Wilbert J. McKeachie - Psychology in America's Bicentennial Year. American Psychologist, 1976, 31, 819-833.
1977 Theodore H. Blau - Torque and Schizophrenic Vulnerability: As the World Turns. American Psychologist, 1977, 32, 997-1005.
1978 M. Brewster Smith - Perspectives on Selfhood. American Psychologist, 1978, 33, 1053-1063.
1979 Nicholas A. Cummings - Turning Bread Into Stones: Our Modern Antimiracle. American Psychologist, 1979, 34, 1119-1129.
1980 Florence L. Denmark - Psyche: From Rocking the Cradle to Rocking the Boat. American Psychologist, 1980, 35, 1057-1065.
1981 John J. Conger - Freedom and Commitment: Families, Youth and Social Change. American Psychologist, 1981, 36, 1475-1484.
1982 William Bevan - A Sermon of Sorts in Three Parts. American Psychologist, 1982, 37, 1303-1322.
1983 Max Siegel - Crime and Violence in America: The Victims. American Psychologist, 1983, 38, 1267-1273.
1984 Janet T. Spence - Achievement American Style: The Rewards and Costs of Individualism. American Psychologist, 1985, 40, 1285-1295.
1985 Robert Perloff - Self-Interest and Personal Responsibility Redux. American Psychologist, 1987, 42, 3-11.
1986 Logan Wright - The Type A Behavior Pattern and Coronary Artery Disease: Quest for the Active Ingredients and the Elusive Mechanism. American Psychologist, 1988, 43, 2-14.
1987 Bonnie R. Strickland - Internal-External Control Expectancies: From Contingency to Creativity. American Psychologist, 1989, 44, 1-12.
1988 Raymond D. Fowler - Psychology: The Core Discipline. American Psychologist, 1990, 45, 1-6.
1989 Joseph D. Matarazzo - Psychological Assessment Versus Psychological Testing. American Psychologist, 1990, 45, 999-1017.
1990 Stanley R. Graham - What Does a Man Want? American Psychologist, 1992, 47, 837-841.
1991 Charles D. Spielberger - Type-A President Gives Type-A Presidential Talk. APA Monitor, 1992, 23(10), 8.
1992 Jack G. Wiggins - Would You Want Your Child to Be a Psychologist? American Psychologist, 1994, 49, 485-492.
1993 Frank Farley - From The Heart. American Psychologist, 1996, 51, 772-776.
1994 Ronald E. Fox - Charlatanism, Scientism, and Psychology's Social Contract. American Psychologist, 1996, 51, 777-784.
1995 Robert J. Resnick - A Brief History of Practice—Expanded. American Psychologist, 1997, 52, 463-468.
1996 Dorothy W. Cantor - A Paradigm Shift: Moving Organized Psychology Into the World. American Psychologist, 1997, 780-786.
1997 Norman Abeles - President's Report (Annual Report). American Psychologist, 1998, 53, 854-857.
1998 Martin E.P. Seligman - The President's Address (Annual Report). American Psychologist, 1999, 54, 559-562.
1999 Richard M. Suinn - The President's Address (Annual Report). American Psychologist, 2000, 55, 807-810.
2000 Patrick H. Deleon - Presidential Reflections: Past and Future. American Psychologist, 2002, 57, 425-430.
2001 Norine G. Johnson - Building a Healthy World: Breaking Down Barriers and Building Bridges. American Psychologist, 2002, 57, 502-504.
2002 Philip G. Zimbardo - Psychology in the Public Service. American Psychologist, 2002, 57, 431-433.
2003 Robert J. Sternberg - Culture and Intelligence. American Psychologist, 2004, 59, 325-338.
2004 Diane F. Halpern - Psychology at the Intersection of Work and Family: Recommendations for Employers, Working Families and Policymakers. American Psychologist, 2005, 60, 397-409.
2005 Ronald F. Levant - Making Psychology a Household Name. American Psychologist, 2006, 61, 383-395.
2006 Gerald P. Koocher - Twenty-first Century Ethical Challenges for Psychology. American Psychologist, 2007, 62, 375-384.
2007 Sharon S. Brehm - Looking Ahead: The Future of Psychology and APA. American Psychologist. Vol 63(5), Jul-Aug 2008, 337-344.
2008 Alan E. Kazdin - Psychological science's contributions to a sustainable environment: Extending our reach to a grand challenge of society. American Psychologist, Vol 64(5), Jul-Aug 2009, 339-356.
2009 James H. Bray - The future of psychology practice and science. American Psychologist, Vol 65(5), Jul-Aug 2010, 355-369.
2010 Carol D. Goodheart - Psychology practice: Design for tomorrow. American Psychologist, Vol 66(5), Jul-Aug 2011, 339-347.
2011 Melba J.T. Vasquez - Psychology and social justice: Why we do what we do. American Psychologist, Vol 67(5), Jul-Aug 2012, 337-346.
2012 Johnson, Suzanne Bennett - Increasing psychology's role in health research and health care. American Psychologist, Vol 68(5), 311-321.
2013 Donald N. Bersoff - Protecting Victims of Violent Patients While Protecting Confidentiality. American Psychologist, Vol 68(5), Jul-Aug 2014, 461-467.

*–Hilgard, Ernest R. American Psychology in Historical Perspective: Addresses of the Presidents of the American Psychological Association. APA (Addresses reprinted in full in the text.)