Location: Bowdoin / Samuel P. Putnam


Samuel Putnam

Professor of Psychology
(on leave for the 2016-17 academic year)

Contact Information


82 Federal Street - 203



  • Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1999
  • M.S. Pennsylvania State University, 1996
  • B.S. University of Iowa, 1992

Professor Putnam specializes in social development. He teaches a survey course in child development, a lab in developmental research methods, introduction to psychology, and a seminar in social development. His research interests involve exploring interactions between nature and nurture in the development of sensation seeking, negative emotionality, and attentional control.

Dr. Putnam recently completed a study following a group of 100 local toddlers from 18 to 36 months to examine the roles played by early behavior and parenting in the development of personality. If you are interested in learning more about this study, and his research in general, please contact him via email.