Gerald Gruen, PhD

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Purdue University
Location: West Lafayette, Tennessee, United States

Gerald Gruen, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Purdue University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychology.

With more than 40 years of professional experience, Dr. Gruen has been recognized as professor emeritus of Purdue University since 2005, having been a professor since 1974, associate professor since 1969, and assistant professor since 1966. In addition to his primary roles, he was head of the school’s Department of Psychological Sciences from 1987 to 1997. Dr. Gruen also serves as a deacon with Calvary Baptist Church.

Dr. Gruen began his career as a student at Southern Illinois University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1959. He continued his studies with the University of Illinois, where he earned a Master of Arts in 1963 and a PhD in 1964. Dr. Gruen became involved in his profession because he had an interest in the field and started when he was a teenager. He read a book by Sigmund Freud called “The Interpretation of Dreams,” and was intrigued by psychology. His religious background also influenced him. He wanted to help people and thought psychology might be a way to do that. A respected voice in the field, he coauthored “Early Experience and Human Development,” he contributed a chapter to “The Structuring of Experience,” and he has had his work featured in numerous professional journals. A highlight of his career was when his first PhD student, Thomas Ollendick, went on to become a well-known psychologist, and is now a professor at Virginia Tech.

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