Michael A. Wallach

Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1958


Michael A. Wallach received his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1954, and he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1958. His doctoral dissertation was on categorizing and conceptualization. He taught at Harvard University, MIT, and the University of Chicago. He has also served for ten years (1963-1972) as Editor of the Journal of Personality. He was for 20 years (1989-2008) Editor of a book series on Alternatives in Psychology, published by State University of New York Press. Dr. Wallach's research spans a wide range of topics. His books and articles cover such areas as personality, social psychology, and cognitive processes. In recent years his research has focused on the learning processes of gifted and disadvantaged children. His recent research has also concerned the value implications of psychology for defining goals of human conduct. He has also recently pursued work on egoism, altruism, and ethics; on mental patients, institutions, and homelessness; and on processes of knowing in psychology--experimentation that does and does not contribute to psychological knowledge. His current work concerns varying conceptions of mind.

Wallach, L, and Wallach, MA. "Some Theories are Unfalsifiable A Comment on Trafimow." THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY 20.5 (October 2010): 703-706. Full Text

Drake, RE, O'Neal, EL, and Wallach, MA. "A systematic review of psychosocial research on psychosocial interventions for people with co-occurring severe mental and substance use disorders." JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT 34.1 (January 2008): 123-138. Full Text

Drake, RE, and Wallach, MA. "Conceptual models of treatment for co-occuring substance use." Mental Health and Substance Use: dual diagnosis 1 (2008): 189-193. (Academic Article)

Drake, RE, and Wallach, MA. "Is comorbidity a psychological science?." CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY-SCIENCE AND PRACTICE 14.1 (March 2007): 20-22. Full Text

Drake, RE, Wallach, MA, and McGovern, MP. "Future directions in preventing relapse to substance abuse among clients with severe mental illnesses." PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES 56.10 (October 2005): 1297-1302. Full Text

Drake, RE, Wallach, MA, Alverson, HS, and Mueser, KT. "Psychosocial aspects of substance abuse by clients with severe mental illness." JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE 190.2 (February 2002): 100-106. Full Text

Wallach, L, and Wallach, MA. "Experiments in social psychology - Science or self-deception?." THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY 11.4 (August 2001): 451-473. Full Text

Wallach, L, and Wallach, MA. "A response on concepts, laws and measurement in social psychology." THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY 11.4 (August 2001): 489-494. Full Text

Drake, RE, and Wallach, MA. "Dual diagnosis: 15 years of progress." PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES 51.9 (September 2000): 1126-1129. Full Text

Wallach, L, and Wallach, MA. "Why is experimentation in psychology often senseless?." Scandinavian Journal of Psychology 40.4 SUPPL. (December 1, 1999): 103-106. (Review)


Wallach, L, and Wallach, MA. Seven views of mind. January 1, 2012. Full Text

Mueser, KT, Drake, RE, and Wallach, MA. "Dual diagnosis: A review of etiological theories." 1998. Full Text