Benjamin Harris, professor of psychology at UNH, has been awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the History of Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association. The award recognizes individuals who have made sustained, outstanding, and unusual contributions to the history of psychology over the course of a career.
“Benjamin Harris has published groundbreaking historical studies on topics in the history of psychology and psychiatry over the past 35 years,” said Henderikus Stam, president of the Society. “His important and original articles, chapters, and edited works have pushed psychologists not just to reconsider events and players in their history, but have shown the importance of critical historiographies to understanding the present. Furthermore, his commitment to mentoring students and his many leadership roles in organizations that represent historians of psychology has been exemplary.”
Harris has taught courses on the history of psychology and psychiatry at UNH since 2001. He has written widely on the history of behaviorism, psychology in the mass media, and on the politics of psychiatry. His chapter on work therapy for mental patients in the U.S. will soon appear in an edited history of patient labor around the world (Manchester University Press, January 2016). He is also an affiliate professor in the UNH Department of History.
The Society for the History of Psychology is an international organization of scholars, co-founded by UNH professor Robert Watson, who served as its first president in 1966. Watson was instrumental in developing UNH’s doctoral program in psychology.