History

In July 1953, a group of Texas psychologists felt the time had come for a new regional association of psychologists and mailed a letter stating their interest to all American Psychological Association members living in New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. This effort culminated the following December in San Antonio as the Southwestern Psychological Association met for the first time. Although Arizona and New Mexico today stand with the original states to form the Association’s core, SWPA’s membership continues to reach across international boundaries and includes members in states from Washington to Florida, California to Connecticut. From its founding to the present, SWPA works to promote and strengthen psychology’s scientific, professional and educational facets. SWPA celebrated its Fiftieth Anniversary meeting in April of 2004 in San Antonio at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel, site of its original meeting.

Past Presidents of the Southwestern Psychological Association

W. Trey Hill, PhD

2018

Kelly Henry, PhD

2017

Chris Hart, PhD

2016

Jennifer Bonds-Raacke, PhD

2015

Aneeq Ahmad, PhD

2014

Tracy Henley, PhD

2013

Shelia Kennison, PhD

2012

Arnold D. Froese, PhD

2011

Scott A. Bailey, PhD

2010

Lauren Scharff, PhD

2009

Linda S. Hynan, PhD

2008

Charles A. Burdsal, PhD

2007

Paul R. Nail, PhD

2006

Edward P. Kardas, PhD

2005

Kenneth A. Weaver, PhD

2004

Mary Brazier, PhD

2003

John M. Davis, PhD

2002

Randall Wight, PhD

2001

Theresa A. Wozencraft, PhD

2000

Jesse E. Purdy, PhD

1999

Vicki Green, PhD

1998

Robert T. Hogan, PhD

1997

Roger E. Kirk, PhD

1996

Michael R. Best, PhD

1995

Dennis C. Cogan, PhD

1994

Gordon K. Hodge, PhD

1993

Robert L. Montgomery, PhD

1992

Randolph A. Smith, PhD

1991

Francis T. Durso, PhD

1990

Clyde Hendrick, PhD

1989

Stephen F. Davis, PhD

1988

Janet R. Matthews, PhD

1987

Warren H. Jones, PhD

1986

Douglas P. Ferraro, PhD

1985

Larry Christenson, PhD

1984

Toni Falbo, PhD

1983

Roger L Mellgren, PhD

1982

June Gallessich, PhD

1981

H. Wayne Ludvigson, PhD

1980

Alvin G. Burstein, PhD

1979

Henry C. Ellis, PhD

1978

C. Eugene Walker, PhD

1977

Harry J. Parker, PhD

1976

Logan Wright, PhD

1975

Vladimir Pishkin, PhD

1974

Frank A. Logan, PhD

1973

James Leslie McCary, PhD

1972

Janet T. Spence, PhD

1971

Oscar A. Parsons, PhD

1970

Daniel E. Sheer, PhD

1969

Jackson B. Reid, PhD

1968

Malcolm D. Arnoult, PhD

1967

Benjamin Fruchter, PhD

1966

Ira Iscoe, PhD

1965

Irwin A. Berg, PhD

1964

Saul B. Sells, PhD

1963

John P. Anderson, PhD

1962

Fillmore Sanford, PhD

1961

Ruth M. Hubbard, PhD

1960

Wayne H. Holtzman, PhD

1959

Robert R. Blake, PhD

1958

Gordon V. Anderson, PhD

1957

Aaron Q. Sartain, PhD

1956

Gardner Murphy, PhD

1954

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