Title: Psychologist, Educator
Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Allen David Calvin, Psychologist and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in learning theory and psychology.
Dr. Calvin has extensive experience in his fields and has celebrated his career achievements with such recognitions as being invited to the White House on a number of occasions, including President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. In his career, he taught at Hollins College, the University of San Francisco, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Michigan State University and directed the Britannica Center for Studies in Learning and Motivation. His other roles include working with the Carnegie Foundation, US Public Health Service, as the president of the Behavioral Research Laboratories and the US Public Health Service. Dr. Calvin has served as President of PGSP since 1984. In 2009, the Board of Trustees voted to name the new campus of Palo Alto University the “Allen Calvin Campus.”
Interested in the inner workings of the mind from an early age, Dr. Calvin first earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Minnesota, cum laude in 1950. He relocated to Texas and received a Master of Arts in psychology in 1951. In 1953, he obtained a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Texas. Prior to pursuing his education, he served with the US Naval Reserve from 1946 to 1947. In his career, Dr. Calvin has contributed to the pedagogy of the field by authoring textbooks and other publications such as his role as contributing editor to Educational Technology.
Throughout his career, Dr. Calvin maintained professional affiliation with a variety of organizations that aided in his development. He was active with the American Psychological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi and Psi Chi. Outside of psychology, Dr. Calvin is interested in global history such as the Holocaust and the Middle East, and spending time with his family which includes his wife, children and seven grandchildren.
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