News Archive 2009-2018

Bowdoin’s Barbara Held Honored by American Psychological Foundation Archives

Barbara Held

Barbara Held


Barbara Held, Bowdoin’s Barry N. Wish Professor of Psychology and Social Studies, has been awarded the American Psychological Foundation’s prestigious Joseph B. Gittler Award in recognition of “the most scholarly contributions to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge.”

In posting news of this honor on its website, the APF noted Held’s two sole-authored scholarly books, Back to Reality: A Critique of Postmodern Theory in Psychotherapy (1995) and Psychology’s Interpretive Turn: The Search for Truth and Agency in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (2007), as well as her co-edited book Humanity’s Dark Side: Evil, Destructive Experience, and Psychotherapy (2012), in which, along with her popular book Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching (2001), she challenges core tenets of the positive psychology movement.

Each Gittler Award recipient, says the APF, has  “demonstrated transformative contributions to the philosophical foundations of psychology.” Prior winners include Jerome Bruner of New York University, Daniel Kahneman of Princeton University, Daniel Robinson of Oxford University, and Louis Sass of Rutgers University.