Albert Bandura, Ph.D.

The 1994 DeHaan Lecture was given by

Albert Bandura, Ph.D.

Opening Remarks by

Dr. Edward Maibach

Assistant Professor, Division of Behavioral
Sciences and Health Education


February 17, 1994
Rollins School of Public Health

Albert Bandura is David Starr Jordan Professor of Social Sciences in Psychology at Stanford University. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia in 1949 and Ph.D. degree in 1952 from the University of Iowa. After completing his doctorate, Bandura joined the faculty at Stanford University where he has remained to pursue his career. He served as chairman of the department of Psychology and was honored by Stanford by being awarded an endowed chair.

Bandura is a product of social cognitive theory. This theory accords a central role to cognitive, vicarious, self-regulatory and self-refelective processes in socio cognitive functioning. His recent book, Social Foundations of Thought and Action: A Social Cognitive Theory, provides the conceptual framework and analyzes the large body of knowledge bearing on this theory. He has authored countless articles and seven books on a wide range of issues in psychology.

Bandura's contributions to psychology have been recognized in the honors and awards he has received. He was elected to the presidency of the American Psychological Association and the Western Psychological Association. Some of the awards he had received include the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award of the American Psychological Association, the Distinguished Scientist Award, Division 12 (APA), the William James Award of the American Psychological Society for outstanding achievements in psychological science; the distinguished Contribution Award from the International Society for Research in Aggression and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of a number of honorary degrees.