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Wertz, Frederick J., Ph.D.



Frederick J. Wertz, Professor of Psychology at Fordham University, received his PhD from Duquesne University in Phenomenological Psychology.  His scholarship focuses on the philosophical foundations, research methodology, qualitative analytic methods, theoretical problems, cultural context, and scientific status of psychology.   He has written meta-scientifically about psychoanalysis, cognitive psychology, psychometrics, humanistic psychology, and qualitative research.  With empirical investigations, he has contributed to the development of phenomenological research methodology.   He co-edited Advances in Qualitative Research in Psychology: Themes and Variations (1987, Swets North America), edited The Humanistic Movement: Recovering the Person in Psychology (1994, Gardner Press), and coauthored Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry (2011, Guilford Publications).   He has been the editor of the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, The Bulletin of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and guest editor of The Humanistic Psychologist.   He has served as President of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (APA Division 32) and of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (APA Division 24), which has presented him with its Distinguished Service Award.   He is an APA Fellow, accreditation site visitor, and president-elect of the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists.   He received the Distinguished Teaching Award in the Sciences and the Outstanding Professor Award at Fordham, where he chaired the Department of Psychology and currently serves on the Institutional Review Board.  He practices psychotherapy in New York City.

Selected Publications


Wertz, F.J., Charmaz, K., McMullen, L., Josselson, R., Anderson, R., McSpadden, E.  (in press).  Five ways of doing qualitative analysis: Phenomenological psychology, grounded theory, discourse analysis, narrative research, and intuitive inquiry.  New York: Guilford Press.

Wertz, F.J. (2011). The Qualitative Revolution and Psychology: Science, Politics, and Ethics. The Humanistic Psychologist, 39, 77-104.


Wertz, Frederick J. (1994). Of Rats and Psychologist - a Study of the History and Meaning of Science. Theopry and Psychology, Volumn 4