Associate Professor, Psychology
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I am Associate Professor of Psychology, with a focus on Adult Development and Personality and Coordinator of the MA Experimental Program in Psychology. I am also founding president of the International Society for the Psychology of Science and Technology and founding editor-in-chief of Journal of Psychology of Science and Technology
I am currently Associate Professor of Psychology in Personality and Adult Development and Director of the Experimental Graduate Program in Psychology at San Jose State University. I have also taught at the College of William & Mary and the University of California at Davis. I received his PhD in 1991 from the University of California at Berkeley and my undergraduate degree in 1985 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. I am widely published in the psychology of creativity, the psychology of science, and the development of scientific talent. One major focus of mine is to establish the psychology of science as a healthy and independent study of science, along the lines of the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. My major efforts toward this end are: publishing a book entitled Psychology of Science and the Origins of the Scientific Mind (2006, Yale University Press), which was awarded the 2007 William James Book Prize by the Division of General Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA); being founding president of the newly formed “International Society for the Psychology of Science and Technology”; and being the founding Editor-in-Chief of a new peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Psychology of Science & Technology.
A second major focus of my research program is the identification and development of scientific talent, as seen in finalists of the Westinghouse and Intel Science Talent Search. My paper (co-authored with Frank Barron) “Predicting creativity from early to late adulthood: Intellect, potential, and personality” won Article of Year for 2003 in Journal of Research in Personality. My research in creativity has been recognized by an Early Career Award from the Division for Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (Division 10) of American Psychological Association (APA). I am Past-President of APA’s Division 10, and am on the Editorial Boards of Review of General Psychology, and Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts. His teaching efforts have been recognized by outstanding teaching awards at both UC Berkeley and UC Davis. Feist is also co-author of the textbook Theories of Personality (McGraw-Hill) as well as Psychology: Making Connections (McGraw-Hill).