Laurance F. Shaffer Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurance_F._Shaffer

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

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


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 978-0826195692. Retrieved November 12, 2014.