Christopher Green


Locations / Contact Info:

286 BSB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 66164

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


PhD - 1992
University of Toronto

PhD - 2004
University of Toronto


Originally raised in California, and later in Québec, Dr. Green did an MA in the psychology of art (painting, music, poetry) at Simon Fraser U in Vancouver. Then he did a PhD in cognitive science (connectionist models of logical reasoning) at U Toronto. He later did a PhD in the philosophy of science, also at U Toronto. His past research includes, Ancient and Medieval psychological thought, Ada Lovelace's contnribution to Charles Babbage's attempt to build a mechanical computer in the 1830s, the history of early American psychology (1870-1920), and the use (and misuse) of statistical analysis by psychologists since WWII. This work has taken on a digital character, using computer programs to find unexpected patterns in large digital databases of material from the past (see Current Research).

Selected Publications

  • Green, C. D. (2019). Psychology and its cities: A new history of early American psychology. New York, NY: Routledge.

  • Green, C. D., et al. (2018). Statcheck in Canada: What proportion of CPA journal articles contain errors in the reporting of p-Values? Canadian Psychology, 59. 

  • Green, C. D. & Cautin, R. L. (2017). 125 years of the American Psychological Association. American Psychologist, 72,722-736. 

  • Green, C. D. & Martin, S. M. (2017). Historical impact in psychology differs between demographic groups. New Ideas in Psychology, 47, 24-32. 

  • Green, C. D. & Feinerer, I. (2017). How the launch of a new journal in 1904 may have changed the relationship between psychology and philosophy. History of Psychology, 20, 72-91.

  • Green, C. D. (2017). Publish and perish: Psychology’s most prolific authors are not always the ones we remember. American Journal of Psychology, 130,105-119.

  • Green, C. D. (2016). A digital future for the history of psychology? History of Psychology, 19, 209-219.

  • Green, C. D. (2015). Why psychology isn’t unified, and probably never will be. Review of General Psychology, 19, 207-214.

  • Green, C. D. & Feinerer, I. (2015). The evolution of the American Journal of Psychology, 1887-1903:  A network investigation. American Journal of Psychology, 128, 387-401. 

  • Green, C. D., Feinerer, I., & Burman, J. T. (2015). Searching for the structure of early American psychology: Networking Psychological Review, 1894-1908. History of Psychology, 18, 15-31. 

  • Green, C. D. & Benjamin Jr., L. T. (Eds.) (2009). Psychology gets into the game: Sport, mind, and behavior, 1880-1960. Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press.

  • Green, C. D. & Groff, P. R. (2003). Early psychological thought: Ancient accounts of the mind and soul. Westport, CT: Praeger.

  • Green, C. D., Shore, M., & Teo, T. (Eds.) (2001). The transformation of psychology: Influences of 19th-century philosophy, technology, and natural science. Washington DC.: American Psychological Association Press.


Other Research Outputs

Green, C. D. (Producer/Writer/Director) (2007b). A school of their own: The history of American functionalist psychology. [Video documentary] 59 min.

Green, C. D. (Producer/Writer/Director). (2005c). Toward a school of their own: The prehistory of American functionalist psychology [Video documentary]. 64 min.

Green, C. D. (Producer/Writer/Director). (2003d). An academy in crisis: The hiring of James Mark Baldwin and James Gibson Hume at the University of Toronto in 1889 [Video documentary]. 40 min.


Cheiron: International Soceity for the History of Behavioral

Association for Psychological Science


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research

 Psychologists have used statistical analysis intesively for the past 75 years. In the past decade, however, there has been increasing criticism of their statistical practices, culminating in the "replication crisis." Our laboratory team is currently using massive historical databases of academic articles to discover how those statistical practices unfolded over the decades. How have statistical practices differed among subdisciplines (social, developemental, cognitve, etc.)? Have some areas been more prone to questionable practices than others? How long have these questionable practices been common? With these studies, we hope to place the current "crisis" in context, finding out whether it is a new phenomenon, produced by recent academic pressures, or an old one dating back to the origins of psychologists' use of statistics.