When Bruce Alexander started university at the Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, he had intended to follow his father’s footsteps into a career in chemistry. However, Alexander soon discovered a passion for psychology. He received his B.A. in Psychology cum laude from Miami University. He then received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1963 and 1966 respectively. His doctoral research, and the research of the early years of his career, concerned the effects of different rearing experiences on the development and personality of monkeys, and with social organization in monkey troops.
Elinor Ames was born in Massachusetts in 1931. She received her B.Sc. in Psychology from Tufts University in 1953 and her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1960. Shortly after receiving her doctorate, she conducted research at the M.S. University of Baroda in India on a Fulbright grant, examining the behaviour of children between the ages of three and five in nuclear and joint families in India. She then became the director of research at the Child Study Center at UBC before joining SFU as a charter faculty member in 1965 as an assistant professor.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Barry Beyerstein was a charter student at Simon Fraser University and he received his B.A. in Psychology with First-Class Honours from SFU in 1968. He then attended the University of California at Berkeley to undertake a doctoral degree, which he completed in 1973. During his doctorate, Beyerstein worked as a lecturer at St. Mary’s College of California in Morega, CA, and as a research and teaching assistant at Berkeley before taking up a visiting professorship at his alma mater, SFU for one academic year starting in fall 1973.
Charles Crawford grew up in High Prairie, Alberta. He received his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Alberta in 1961, and his M.Sc. in measurement and statistics and theoretical psychology in 1964. He was awarded his doctorate in Psychology by McGill University in 1966.
Kendall received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Alberta in 1956. He then pursued graduate work at Cornell University, and he was awarded his doctorate in 1963. Prior to teaching at SFU, Kendall served in the Canadian Armed Forced for three years. During his time in the military, Kendall was stationed in Ottawa as a research psychologist in the Personnel Selection Service. He was working in Princeton, New Jersey as a section head of the statistical analysis division of the Education Testing Service (ETS) when he applied for a position at SFU in 1964.
Bernard Lyman received his B.A. in Psychology from Grinnell College, a small liberal arts college in Grinnell, Iowa in 1950. The following year, Lyman was awarded his M.A. in Experimental Social Psychology with an emphasis on perception from McGill University in Montreal. By 1956, he received his doctorate in experimental psychology – with minors in development, personality and social and experimental psychopathology – from Cornell University in 1956. Lymen worked as an instructor at a couple of small liberal arts colleges before he was hired as a charter associate professor at Simon Fraser University in 1965.
Born and raised in Alberta, Lolita Wilson initially studied to become a teacher and then a secretary. She was an army H.Q. officer during World War II and attended university as an army veteran. She joined Simon Fraser University in 1965 as a professor in the Psychology department and as the Dean of Women. Before coming to SFU, she held an academic position at the University of Alberta and worked in various administrative positions within municipal government. While at the University of Alberta she taught Industrial Psychology and psychological testing and she established the university’s first counselling service.