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William McKinley Runyan

Professor Emeritus

William McKinley Runyan is professor emeritus at the School of Social Welfare. An expert in the fields of history, psychology and psychobiography as they relate to social work and social welfare, Runyan’s research considers such topics as the history of psychoanalysis and personality psychology, life histories and case histories, adult development and the history and philosophy of the social sciences.

Research/Expertise

  • History, Psychology and Psychobiography in Social Work and Social Welfare
  • History of Psychoanalysis and Personality Psychology
  • Life Histories and Case Histories
  • Adult Development
  • History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Expanded Publications

Runyan, W. M. (2013). Psychobiography and the Psychology of Science: Encounters With Psychology, Philosophy, and Statistics. Handbook of the Psychology of Science, 353-379.

Runyan, W. M. (2006). Psychobiography and the psychology of science: Understanding relations between the life and work of individual psychologists. Review of General Psychology, 90(2), 147-162.

Runyan, W. M. (2005). Evolving conceptions of psychobiography and the study of lives: Encounters with psychoanalysis, personality psychology, and historical science. In W. T. Schultz (Ed.), Handbook of psychobiography (pp. 19-41). New York: Oxford University Press.

Runyan, W. M. (2003). From the study of lives and psychohistory to historicizing psychology: A conceptual journey. In Annual of psychoanalysis, special issue on psychoanalysis and history (pp. 119-132). Hillsdale, N.J.: Analytic Press.

Runyan, W. M. (2002) On coming to understand my father: A personal and professional journey (pp. 77-89).In R. Pellegrini & T. R. Sarbin (Eds.). Between Fathers and Sons, Haworth. Aspects of a personal autobiography.

Runyan, W.M. (1998). The Changing Meanings of Holism: From Humanist Synthesis to Nazi Ideology. [Review of the book Reenchanted Science: Holism in German Culture From Wilhelm II to Hitler].Contemporary Psychology, 43, 389.

Runyan, W.M. (1997). Studying Lives: Psychobiography and The Conceptual Structure Of Personality Psychology, In R. Hogan, et al. (Eds.),Handbook Of Personality Psychology, Academic Press.

Runyan, W.M. (Ed.), (1988). Psychology and Historical Interpretation, New York: Oxford University Press.

Runyan, W. M. (1988). Progress in psychobiography. Journal of Personality, 56(1), 295-326.

Runyan, W. M. (1988). A historical and conceptual background to psychohistory. In Psychology and historical interpretation (pp. 3-60). New York: Oxford University Press.

Runyan, W. M. (1988). Alternatives to psychoanalytic psychobiography. In Psychology and historical interpretation (pp. 219-244). New York: Oxford University Press.

Runyan, W. M. (1988). Reconceptualizing the relationships between history and psychology. InPsychology and historical interpretation (pp. 247-295). New York: Oxford University Press.

Runyan, W. M. (1983). Idiographic goals and methods in the study of lives. Journal of Personality, 51 (3), 413-437.

Runyan, W.M. (1982). Life Histories and Psychobiography, Oxford University Press.

Runyan, W. M. (1982). In defense of the case study method. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 52, 440-446.

Runyan, W.M. (1981). "Why did Van Gogh cut off his ear? The problem of alternative explanations in psychobiography"Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1981, 40, 1070-1077.

Runyan, W. M. (1980). Alternative accounts of lives: An argument for epistemological relativism.Biography, 3, 209-224.

Runyan, W. M. (1980). A stage-state analysis of the life course. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 38, 951-962.

Runyan, W. M. (1978). The life course as a theoretical orientation: Sequences of person-situation interaction. Journal of Personality, 46, 569-593.

Runyan, W. M. (1977). How should treatment recommendations be made? Three studies in the logical and empirical bases of clinical decision-making. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 45, 522-558.