Dr. Frank Farley, a native of Alberta, Canada, earned his doctoral degree at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, UK. His research interests cover a wide range including motivation, personality, diversity, risk and risk-taking, thrill-seeking, crime, violence, conflict, peace psychology, heroism, education policy, public policy, political behavior, leadership, child and adolescent development and behavior, creativity/innovation, extreme sports, and more. His bibliography includes seven books and over 250 articles, reviews, etc. His past work experience includes professor of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, visiting professor at University of California-Berkeley, and visiting scholar at Stanford University. His honors include the presidency of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and 10 other national and international scholarly societies. He has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York Academy of Sciences, APA, AERA, Association for Psychological Science, Canadian Psychological Association, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Eastern Psychological Association, Midwestern Psychological Association, Psychonomic Society, Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science, and seven additional national associations. He is the recipient of the E.L.Thorndike Career Achievement Award, which is the highest award in the field of educational psychology. He is also a recipient of the Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Media Psychology and Technology, the highest award in the field of media psychology. He is a public intellectual whose perspectives and scholarship are frequently reported by the media, with over 90 instances of interviews and coverage in the past year, including the New York Times, CNN, etc. The Temple Strategic Marketing and Communications Office has stated that he is the “most quoted” faculty expert at Temple.

Courses Taught




SPSY 0828

The Meaning of Madness


SPSY 0928

Honors The Meaning of Madness


Selected Publications

  • Sarshar, M., Farley, F., Fiorello, C.A., & DuCette, J. (2019). T behavior: Psychological implications of thrill-seeking/risk-taking. Current Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s12144-019-00557-7

  • Wittrock, M.C. & Farley, F. (2017). The future of educational psychology. (pp. 1-211). doi: 10.4324/9781315201016

  • Wittrock, M.C. & Farley, F. (2017). Toward a blueprint for educational psychology. In The Future of Educational Psychology (pp. 193-200). doi: 10.4324/9781315201016

  • Farley, F. (2017). Challenges for the future of educational psychology. In The Future of Educational Psychology (pp. 19-30). doi: 10.4324/9781315201016