Diane F. Halpern is is Dean of Social Sciences at Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. She has won many awards for her teaching and research, including the Outstanding Professor Award from the Western Psychological Association, the American Psychological Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Distinguished Career Award for Contributions to Education given by the American Psychological Association, and the California State University’s State-Wide Outstanding Professor Award. Diane was president of the American Psychological Association in 2004 and is a past president of the Society for Teaching of Psychology. Her recent books include Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking, Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities, and Women at the Top: Powerful Leaders Tell Us How to Combine Work and Family. She coauthored the 4th edition of the introduction to psychology textbook Psychological Science with  Mike Gazzigana and Todd Heatherton. Diane has been identified as one of the “Eminent Women in Psychology.” Her many previous books have all received acclaim and have become the “gold standard” in their field. Please see her books for the reviews.
Curriculum Vitae - Click here to download CV

Educational Background

  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Temple University
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Selected Professional Activities
  • Expert Witness for several court cases <click here for more information>
  • Chair, Department of Psychology, Claremont McKenna College
  • 2001-2008: Founding Director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, Claremont McKenna College
  • 2004: President, American Psychological Association
  • 1999-2000: President, Western Psychological Association
  • 1997-1998: President, Society for the Teaching of Psychology
Selected Research and Publications
  • Miller, D. I., & Halpern, D. F. (2014). The New Science of Cognitive Sex Differences. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18, 37-45. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2013.10.011
  • Nisbett, R. E., Aronson, J., Blair, C., Dickens, W., Flynn, J., Halpern, D. F. & Turkheimer, E. (2012). Intelligence: New findings and theoretical developments. American Psychologist, 67, 130-159.  doi: 10.1037/a0026699
  • Halpern, D. F., Eliot, L., Bigler, R. S., Fabes, R. A., Hanish, L. D., Hyde, J. S., Liben, L., & Martin, C. L. (2011, September 23). The pseudoscience of single-sex schooling. Science, 333, 1706-1707. DOI: 10.1126/science.1205031
  • Halpern, D. F. (2010). How neuromythologies support sex role stereotypes. Science, 330, 1320-1321.
  • Halpern, D. F., Straight, C., & Stephenson, C. (in press). Beliefs about Cognitive Gender Differences: Accurate for Direction, Underestimated for Size. Sex Roles.
  • Marin, L., & Halpern, D. F. (2010). Pedagogy for developing critical thinking in adolescents: Explicit instruction produces greatest gains. Thinking Skills and Creativity. Doi: 10.1016/j.tsc.2010.08.002
  • Cheung, F. M., & Halpern, D. F. (2010). Women at the Top: Powerful Leaders Define Success as Work + Family in a Culture of Gender. American Psychologist.
  • Halpern, D. F., Benbow, C., Geary, D., Gur, D., Hyde, J. & Gernsbacher, M.A., (2007). The science of sex-differences in science and mathematics. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 8, 1-52.
  • Halpern, D. F. & Murphy, S.E. (Eds.). (2005). From Work-Family Balance to Work-Family Interaction: Changing the Metaphor. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Publishers.
  • Halpern, D.F. (2005). How time-flexible work policies can reduce stress, improve health, and save money. Stress and Health, 21.
  • Halpern, D. F. (2004). A cognitive-process taxonomy for sex differences in cognitive abilities. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 13 (4), 135-139.
  • Halpern, D. F. (2003). Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking (4th Edition). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Publishers. Also published in Russian (2003).
  • Halpern, D. F. & Riggio, H. (2003). Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking (4th ed.) Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Publishers. (with separate instructors’ manual)
  • Halpern, D. F., & Hakel, M. D. (2003). Applying the Science of Learning to the University and Beyond: Teaching for Long-Term Retention and Transfer. Change, July/August, 2-13.
  • Halpern, D. F., & Hakel, M. D. (Eds.), (2002). Applying the Science of Learning to the University and Beyond. New Directions for Teaching and Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Halpern, D. F. (2000). Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities (3rd Edition). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, Associates, Inc. Publishers.
  • Halpern, D. F. (1997). Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum: A Brief Edition of Thought and Knowledge. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Also published in Spanish (2000).
Selected Awards
  • 2013: Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award--for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research. It is the highest award given by the Association for Psychological Science.
  • 2009: George A. Miller Award, 2009, for "the outstanding journal article in psychology" Awarded by the Society for General Psychology, Division 1, American Psychological Association
  • 2004: Honorary Doctorate, Doctor of Humane Letters (Ph.D.), Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2003: Distinguished Alumni Award McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, University of Cincinnati
  • 2002: Western Psychological Association Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 1999-2000: Wang Family Excellence Award (Selected from among 10,000 eligible faculty members in the California State University system.)
  • 1998-1999: American Psychological Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching
  • 1998: Eminent Women in Psychology (One of three female psychologists selected annually for this recognition by the American Psychological Association.)
  • 1996-1997: Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training (American Psychological Association Award to recognize significant life-long contributions to teaching and learning. First woman to receive this award).