Psyched at Clark
The role of Clark’s first president, psychologist G. Stanley Hall, in the founding of the American Psychological Association (APA) was recounted in the January 1932 issue of The Psychological Bulletin. Article author Samuel Fernberger wrote that “at the invitation of G. Stanley Hall, a ‘group of rugged pioneers’ met at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., on July 8, 1892, to discuss the feasibility of having some sort of an organization.” Thirty-one members were elected to the fledgling association, including George S. Fullerton of the University of Pennsylvania, who would go on that December to host the first official meeting of the APA in Philadelphia. Hall served as the APA’s first president.
Above: G. Stanley Hall and a clipping from The New York Times dated August 7, 1892 noting the formation of the APA. Hall's home office, where the meeting is said to have taken place, forms the background image.
The APA-Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers holds its inaugural session in the summer of 2005. The workshop, offered annually since then, grew out of the vision and generosity of psychology major Lee Gurel '48, who credits his interest in the field to his former Clark professor John Bell.
Did You Know?
Francis Cecil Sumner became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in psychology when he completed his degree at Clark in 1909.