Title: Psychologist, Dean Emeritus, Professor Emeritus
Company: University of British Columbia
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Peter Suedfeld, PhD, OC, FRSC, Psychologist, Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychology.
Dr. Suefeld first wanted to become a career officer in the armed forces, but while at Queens College, he encountered a professor who changed his life and career plans. Professor Alice Lasker introduced him to the idea that by doing research, one can increase human knowledge and find things that nobody has discovered before. This completely new idea placed Dr. Suedfeld’s feet in a new path. He chose psychology because he thought it would be useful for an officer and handling troops. Dr. Suedfeld joined the U.S. Army in 1955, remained until 1958. During that time, he took coursework at the University of the Philippines from 1956 to 1957. In 1960, he joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves as an officer until 1971. While serving, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College in 1960, a Master of Arts in psychology in 1962, and a Doctor of Philosophy in psychology in 1963, from Princeton University.
Dr. Suedfeld’s career highlight is helping more attitudes that are open-minded by many social scientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and so on toward the impact that extreme challenging dangerous traumatic experiences have on people. This includes in the fields of the Polar Regions, genocides, natural disasters, and manmade disasters. His work showed people that they have positive and negative consequences, where the negative fades over time or with work settling down. Dr. Suedfeld began his career as a lecturer with Trenton State College from 1963 to 1964. He then went to the University of Illinois as a visiting assistant professor from 1964 to 1965. In 1965, he joined the University College at Rutgers University, The State College of New Jersey, where he remained until 1972. While with Rutgers University, The State College of New Jersey, he held the positions of assistant professor of psychology, associate professor, professor, and chairman of the department. From there he joined the University of British Columbia in 1972, remaining until his retirement in 2001. During his tenure, Dr. Suedfeld held the positions of professor of psychology, head of the department, dean of graduate studies, and Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence of the P. Wall Institute Advisory Studies. When he retired, Dr. Suedfeld became dean and professor emeritus, positions he holds to this day.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Suedfeld has received myriad awards, including but not limited to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, Zachor Award from the Parliament of Canada in 2000, Antarctica Service Medal from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Navy in 1994 and a Distinguished Contribution Award in 2015. He is also listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals and Who’s Who in America.
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