Laurance F. Shaffer

Laurance Frederic Shaffer (August 12, 1903 – July 20, 1976) was an American psychologist and a past president of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Laurance F. Shaffer
Born(1903-08-12)August 12, 1903
DiedJuly 20, 1976(1976-07-20) (aged 72)
Known forPast president, American Psychological Association
Scientific career


Shaffer was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Air Forces and he opened the first pilot selection examining unit during World War II.[1] He was a department chair at Columbia University and he served as editor of the Journal of Consulting Psychology.[2] Shaffer promoted the concept of mental hygiene, which combined the notions of health promotion and psychological adjustment. He was the APA president in 1953.[3]


  1. "On September 21". American Psychological Association. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  2. Routh, Donald (1994). Clinical Psychology Since 1917: Science, Practice and Organization. Springer. p. 34. ISBN 0306444526. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  3. Devonis, David (2014). History of Psychology 101. Springer Publishing Company. p. 56. ISBN 0826195695. Retrieved November 12, 2014.

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