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Famous (And Infamous) Psychology Majors

Did you know the following famous people were psychology majors?

Ted Allen (playwright, senior editor of Chicago magazine, and Food and Wine specialist on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy") earned a B.A. in psychology from Purdue University.

Dana Bourne (Science Programming at WGBH in Boston, NOVA series) earned a B.A. in psychology and animal behavior at Spelman College in 1999.

Herb Brooks (famous hockey coach; 1980 Olympics win) earned a B.A. in psychology in 1962 from the University of Minnesota.

Jerry Bruckheimer (Executive Producer, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Crimson Tide," "Pirates of the Caribbean") earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Arizona.

Peter M. Butterfield (President and CEO, KIA Motors America) earned a B.A. in psychology in 1976 from Northern Illinois University.

Pediatric Neurosurgeon Benjamin S. Carson (Johns Hopkins University) was a 1973 graduate of Yale University with a major in psychology.

Yanni Chryssomallis (New Age musician) earned a B.A. in psychology in 1976 from the University of Minnesota.

Wesley Craven (horror film director) earned a B.A. in psychology and education at Wheaton College in 1963.

Tom Dillon (Manager of Rail Operations, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus) earned a B.A. in psychology in 1976 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Singer Gloria Estefan received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Miami.

Hugh Hefner (Playboy Magazine founder) received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Illinois.

Actress Katherine Hepburn earned a B.S. in psychology from Bryn Mawr College.

Guy Kawasaki was one of the original Apple Computer employees responsible for marketing of the Macintosh in the 1980s and has authored several books. He has a B.A. in psychology from Stanford University.

Henry K. Lee (Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle) earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994.

Jim McCann, founder and president of 1-800-FLOWERS, holds a B.S. in psychology from John Jay College.

Wendy Norris (NASCAR TV pit reporter, SPEED channel) earned a B.A. in psychology in 2000 from the University of North Carolina.

Actress Natalie Portman earned a B.A. in psychology from Harvard University.

Jonathon Frakes, actor, director, and star-ship commander, psychology major, Penn State University.

Doug Henning (1947-2000): B.Sc. Honours Psychology, McMaster University, 1970,  magician. Later, the public face of the Natural Law Party of Canada, which argued that problems ranging from the federal debt to world peace could be solved by transcendental meditation.

Ted Bundy, sex killer whose good looks and charm enabled him to lure at least 30 young women to their deaths.  Bundy had been a law student, Boy Scout, involved in a Washington State party politics, and even served as a counselor at the Seattle Crisis Center.  Bundy received his psychology degree from The University of Washington, 1972.

The Amazing Kreskin, magician, psychology major, Seton Hall University.

Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd, Prime Minister of South Africa who is thought to be primarily responsible for the system of apartheid, had a psychology qualification.

Timothy Leary (BA-Psych, U. of Alabama), respected Harvard psychology professor and famous promoter of the use of LSD.

Al Jarreau, jazz singer, graduated with a BS in Psychology from Ripon College in Wisconsin while performing locally with a group called The Indigos.  He received his Masters in Vocational Rehabilition from the University of Iowa, and became a rehabilitation counselor in San Francisco.

Monica Lewinsky, famous White House intern, B.A., psychology, Lewis and Clark College, 1995.

Abbie Hoffman, political activist during the Vietnam War, Brandeis University (B.A., 1959) and the University of California, Berkeley (M.A., 1960).

John Ritter, star of "Three's Company" & "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" is identified as having been a psychology major

Jon Stewart , comedian, B.A., psychology, College of William and Mary, 1984.

From Psi Chi list (http://www.psichi.org/ ) and from "Teaching in the Psychological Sciences" mailing list (tips@acsun.frostburg.edu ).