Diane F. Halpern

2004 APA President

Diane F. HalpernDiane F. Halpern is trustee professor of psychology and Roberts fellow at Claremont McKenna College in California. 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 APA, and the California State University’s State-Wide Outstanding Professor Award.

Halpern was APA president in 2004 and is a past president of the Society for Teaching of Psychology. Her 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 is coauthor, along with Mike Gazzigana and Todd Heatherton, of the third edition of the introduction to psychology textbook “Psychological Science.”  Halpern has been identified as one of the Eminent Women in Psychology.

In 1995, Halpern was part of an 11-member APA task force that published "Intelligence:Knowns and Unknowns," a report written in response to the controversial book “The Bell Curve.” She has also written on cognitive differences between men and women. She suggests a biopsychosocial model offers superior insight into cognitive sex differences than a simple nature-vs.-nurture dichotomy. Another topic of her research is risks associated with left-handedness.

Halpern received her BA from University of Pennsylvania and an MA from Temple University. She then received an MA from the University of Cincinnati, followed by a PhD from that institution in 1979.