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About Anne Anastasi

Anne AnastasiAnne Anastasi, known as the "Test Guru", was an American psychologist who specialized in psychometrics. After she earned her BA from Barnard College in 1928, and her doctorate from Columbia University in 1930 in only two years at the age 21, she started her career at Barnard College as an instructor in Psychology. She served as Chair of the Psychology Department at Queens College, and she  moved to Fordham University in 1947, where she remained for 38 years until her retirement in 1979. She served as President of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1972; she was only the third woman elected for this position and the first woman elected in over 50 years. Anastasi published more than 150 papers and books including textbooks that are now considered seminal classics. Differential Psychology (1st edition 1937; 4th edition 1981) was described as a classic text by the American Psychological Foundation. She was a pioneer of psychological testing and the textbook Psychological Testing (1st edition 1954; 7th edition, 1996) was the basis for many psychological tests and is considered one of the most important psychology texts of the twentieth century. Anastasi received many awards including the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest award for scientific achievement, presented by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. 

Fordham University established the Anne Anastasi Chair in Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology and the Anne Anastasi Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides fellowships for graduate students in psychology. Since 2008 the Psychology Department at Fordham hosts the annual Anastasi Lecture in her memory. 


A book chapter by Dr. Harold Takooshian about Anne Anastasi


An Introduction to Anne Anastasi (Presented by Mark Mattson)


Anne Anastasi at her desk

Portrait of Anne Anastasi Anne Anastasi meeting the president

Anne Anastasi at a conference desk

Anne Anastasi in a classroom

Selected Publications

Anastasi, A. (1958). Heredity, environment, and the question "how?", Psychological Review, 65(4), 197–208

Heredity, environment, and the question "how?" - PsycNET (

Anastasi, A. (1979). Fields of applied psychology (2nd ed.). New York : McGraw-Hill

Fields of applied psychology. - PsycNET (

Anastasi, A. (1981). Differential psychology. (4th ed.). New York: Macmillan.

Differential psychology. - PsycNET (

Anastasi, A. (1984). Aptitude and achievement tests: The curious case of the indestructible strawperson, Social and technical issues in testing: Implications for test construction and usage (pp. 129-140). Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

"7. Aptitude and Achievement Tests: The Curious Case of the Indestruc" by Anne Anastasi (

Anastasi, A. & Urbina, S. (1997). Psychological testing (7th ed.). Prentice Hall/Pearson Education.

Psychological testing, 7th ed. - PsycNET (


Full list of publications available here. 

If you are interested in specific publications, please feel free to contact the psychometrics and quantitative psychology program director.

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