Jan Strelau

Jan Strelau

Faculty of Psychology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS)
Prof. Jan Strelau (b. 30 May 1931 in Gdańsk) is a psychologist specializing in studying temperament. He has been closely involved with the University of Warsaw since 1957. In 2001, he became the first dean of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS); he was the school’s Vice-Rector for Science between 2002 and 2012. He is currently Chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees. He created Poland’s first Department of Psychology of Individual Differences and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Behavioral Genetics. He was the first Chairman of the European Association for Personality Psychology (EAPP; 1984-1988), as well as leading the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (1993-1995). He also served as Vice-President of the International Union of Psychological Science (1996-2000) and Vice-President of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2003-2006). He is a member of the Academia Europaea, full member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of  Gdańsk, the A. Mickiewicz University in Poznań, and the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. The University of Warsaw honored him by renewing his doctorate, while the EAPP awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award. A book summarizing Prof. Strelau’s career achievements over 50 years, entitled “Różnice indywidualne. Historia – determinanty – zastosowania” [“Individual Differences: History, Determinants and Applications”] was published in 2014 (Scholar, SWPS, PAS).

Temperament is evident right after birth. How intensely a baby laughs, yells, and cries, its feeding and sleeping pattern are all indicators of temperament, says Prof. Jan Strelau


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