Jessica Grogan Ph.D.

Jessica Grogan, Ph.D.

Jessica Grogan, Ph.D., is the author of Encountering America: Humanistic Psychology, Sixties Culture, and the Shaping of the Modern Self (January 2013, Harper Perennial). She's also a Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in private practice in Austin, TX. After majoring in psychology at Vassar college, she performed her graduate work at the University of Texas and Texas State in American studies and professional counseling. She has taught courses on American history, sixties culture, and psychology at Southwestern University, the University of Texas, and Mount Holyoke College, and is now a member of the faculty at Texas A&M's medical school in the department of Humanities in Medicine.

Grogan’s research covers a range of topics related to psychology, psychotherapy, and American culture. She has presented papers on humanistic psychology, American psychotherapy, psychedelics, Alcoholics Anonymous, the philosophy of psychological science, and the relationship of psychology to women’s liberation and civil rights for the American Studies Association, the American Historical Association, Cheiron International Association for the History of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the American Psychology Association.

Originally from Connecticut, Grogan now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, writer Daniel Oppenheimer, and her two children, Jolie and Asa.

Jessica Grogan is available for speaking engagements through the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau (

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Encountering America

Humanistic Psychology, Sixties Culture, and the Shaping of the Modern Self
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