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James T Lamiell


Professor and Chair


Department of Psychology
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+1 202-687-3657




306-B White-Gravenor

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Tuesday 2:00 - 3:30 and by appt.


James T. Lamiell earned his Ph.D. at Kansas State University in 1976, and joined the faculty at Georgetown University in 1982, where he is currently Professor and Chair in the Psychology Department. His scholarly interests are in the history and philosophy of psychology. His earlier work focused on the psychology of subjective personality judgments, and he has also written extensively on methodological issues pertaining to personality research more generally. His 2003 book is a treatment of the concept of individuality in twentieth century scientific psychology, highlighting the historical contributions to the literature on this subject made by the German psychologist and philosopher William Stern (1871-1938). Professor Lamiell has three times been named a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Germany (Heidelberg, 1990; Leipzig, 1998; Hamburg, 2004). In Hamburg, Lamiell was also Ernst Cassirer Visiting Professor for one semester of the 2003-2004 academic year. His most recent book, which appeared in 2010, is based on a series of public lectures he gave in Hamburg, and offers a brief introduction to Stern's life and works.


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  • Ph.D. (1976) Kansas State University, Psychology
  • M.S. (1974) Kansas State University, Psychology
  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies (1972) Bowling Green State University, Psychology, Philosophy


  • German (speak, read, write)