Donald Dewsbury

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Contact Information


Mailing address:
Department of Psychology
University of Florida
PO Box 112250
Gainesville, FL 32611


I am a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Florida. My primary scholarly activity is in the field of the History of Psychology. Although I work mostly in the history of the areas of comparative and experimental psychology and related parts of the biological sciences, I also have interests in the broader history of psychology. As a major project, in 2006 I published a book, Monkey Farm: A history of the Yerkes Laboratories of Primate Biology, Orange Park, Florida, 1930-1965. That same year I also co-edited a volume of Portraits of Pioneers in Psychology. In addition, I work on many smaller projects dealing with (a) the careers and work of many scientists who worked in this general field and in the contextual factors that affected that work, (b) the history of the institutions of psychology and Animal Behavior Studies, and (c) assorted topics in the history of these fields. I also serve as historian or archivist for Divisions 1 and 26 of the American Psychological Association. I am also the past- president of three divisions of the American Psychological Association and of the Animal behavior Society. For much of my early career I functioned as a working primarily in the areas of reproductive and social behavior in various species of animals.