Douglas Bernstein

Douglas Bernstein



Phone: 239/498-4167



Doug Bernstein completed his bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in 1964, then his masters and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Northwestern University in 1966 and 1968, respectively. From 1968 to 1998, he was on the psychology faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he served both as Associate Department Head and Director of Introductory Psychology. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois and Courtesy Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida. From 2006-2008 he was Visiting Professor of Psychology and Education Advisor to the School of Psychology at Southampton University, and in January, 2009 was a visiting professor and education consultant at l’Institut du Psychologie at the University of Paris. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

His current interests are focused on the teaching of psychology, and toward efforts to promote excellence in that arena. From 1980 to 2012 he was chairman of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology and he founded the APS Preconference Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. He was also the founding chairman of the Steering Committee for the APS Fund for the Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science, and he is on the steering committee for the European Network for Psychology Learning and Teaching (Europlat). His has won several teaching awards, including the APA Distinguished Teaching in Psychology Award in 2002.

He has co-authored or co-edited numerous textbooks in psychology, has contributed chapters to several books on the teaching of psychology, and with Sandra Goss Lucas, wrote Teaching Psychology: A Step by Step Guide. He occasionally offers workshops on teaching techniques and on textbook-writing for prospective authors. As a hobby, he collects student excuses.


  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 1964

  • Master of Arts (Psychology)
    Northwestern University
    Evanston, Illinois; 1966
    Thesis: The effects of non-differential pretraining upon subsequent visual discrimination performance

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology)
    Northwestern University
    Evanston, Illinois; 1968
    Dissertation: The modification of smoking behavior




Bernstein, D.A. (2021, in press). Teaching styles and troublesome students. Canadian Psychology.

Cameron, E.L. & Bernstein, D.A. (2021, in press). Illustrating concepts and phenomena in psychology: A teacher-friendly compendium of examples. New York: Springer International Publishing.

Zumbach, J., Bernstein, D.A., Narciss, S., & Marsico, G. (Eds.) (2021, in press). International handbook of psychology learning and teaching. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Bernstein, D.A., Teachman, B.A., Olatunji, B.O., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (2021). Introduction to clinical psychology: Bridging science and practice (9th ed.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hazlett-Stevens, H., & Bernstein, D.A. (2021). Progressive relaxation training: A guide for practitioners, students, and researchers (3rd ed.). New York: Praeger.

Bernstein, D.A. (2020). Promoting critical thinking by teaching, or taking, psychology courses. In Sternberg, R.J. & Halpern, D.F. (Eds.), Critical thinking in psychology (2nd Ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Bernstein, D.A., Frantz, S., & Chew, S.L. (2020). Teaching psychology: A step by step guide (3rd ed.) New York: Routledge.

Bernstein, D.A. (2019). Essentials of Psychology (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

Bernstein, D.A. (2018). Does active learning work? A good question, but not the right one. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 4, 290-307.

Bernstein, D.A. (2017).Bye-bye intro: A proposal for transforming introductory psychology. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 3, 191-197.