Location: Bowdoin / Samuel P. Putnam


Samuel Putnam

Professor of Psychology
Chair of Psychology Department

Contact Information


Kanbar Hall - 224

Teaching this semester

PSYC 2010. Infant and Child Development

A survey of major changes in psychological functioning from conception through childhood. Several theoretical perspectives are used to consider how physical, personality, social, and cognitive changes jointly influence the developing child’s interactions with the environment.

PSYC 3010. Social Development

Research and theory regarding the interacting influences of biology and the environment as they are related to social and emotional development during infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Normative and idiographic development in a number of domains, including morality, aggression, personality, sex roles, peer interaction, and familial relationships are considered.



  • 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.

Professor Putnam's is currently working on two large-scale projects in this area.  Along with Maria Gartstein of Washington State University, he is directing the Joint Effort Toddler Temperament Consortium (JETTC), a study involving researchers from 14 countries who have gathered data on parents' goals for socializing their children, the daily activities in which children participate, and children's social and emotional behavior.  His other current effort is the Global Temperament Project (GTP), which aims to coordinate data collected by over 100 researchers in over 30 countries to gain a comprehensive perspective on how children differ around the world.  If you are a researcher who wishes to learn more about participating in the GTP, please contact him via email.