Reference Work Entry

Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

pp 612-614

Krippner, Stanley

Basic Biographical Information

Stanley C. Krippner, an American psychologist, was born on October 4, 1932 in Edgerton, Wisconsin, of Norwegian, German, and Irish ancestry. In 1954, he received his B.S. in speech education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and worked as a public school speech therapist before attending graduate school, receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University in 1957 (in counseling and guidance) and 1961 (in educational psychology) where he was the graduate assistant for Paul A. Witty, the first of his distinguished mentors. While at Northwestern University, he met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., attended all of his on-campus seminars, then personally guided him on a tour of the campus; he credits King for stimulating his interest in social activism, a theme that was to characterize Krippner’s later work on behalf of children with special needs, combat veterans, Native Americans, and other marginalized groups. In ...

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