John J. Conger

John Janeway Conger (February 27, 1921 – June 24, 2006) was an American psychologist and a past president of the American Psychological Association (APA).

John J. Conger
BornFebruary 27, 1921
DiedJune 24, 2006(2006-06-24) (aged 85)
Known forPast president, American Psychological Association
Scientific career


Conger was born on February 27, 1921.[1] He was educated at Amherst College and Yale University.[2] He served in World War II and commanded the USS Tweedy (DE-532).[3]

In the 1950s, he wrote a textbook titled Child Development and Personality. Until his book, developmental psychology textbooks were usually organized by topic and not by developmental stage. He served on the Mental Health Commission established by President Carter and was the 1981 president of the APA.[3] He was associated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine for many years, including service as the medical school's dean.[2]

Conger died in Denver on June 24, 2006.[4] He was survived by his wife, who he had married on January 1, 1944.[2] The University of Colorado School of Medicine sponsors the John J. Conger, PhD Lectureship in Child Mental Health Policy Endowment.[5]


  1. "On February 27". American Psychological Association. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  2. Culver, Virginia (June 27, 2006). "Psychologist Conger served five presidents, wrote texts". Denver Post. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  3. Murray Law, Bridget (September 2006). "Albee and Conger focused on forces beyond the individual". Monitor on Psychology. 37 (8): 58. doi:10.1037/e532252006-036. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  4. Zimet, Carl N. (January 2007). "John J. Conger (1921-2006)". American Psychologist. 62 (1): 48–49. doi:10.1037/0003-066x.62.1.48. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  5. "The John J. Conger, PhD Lectureship in Child Mental Health Policy Endowment" (PDF). University of Colorado School of Medicine. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
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