George S. Howard

George S. Howard

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., Southern Illinois

(574) 631-5423

Corbett Family Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556


Dr. Howard's research centers around improving research methodology in several applied areas of psychology. His research with assertion training, communication skills, interviewing skills, teaching improvement, and social skills training suggests that several traditional research practices are inadequate to many of the tasks to which they are put. These inadequacies often result in misleading or incorrect conclusions. More appropriate alternative research procedures are then developed, and the adequacy of these innovations documented. By thus expanding and updating our research methodologies, social scientists are better able to conduct more sensitive and accurate evaluation efforts. Teaching interests include courses in research methodology, counseling theory and practice, program evaluation, personality, narrative psychology, consultation, ecological psychology, and philosophy of the social sciences.

Recent Publications

Howard, G. S. (2009). 1984 Plus thirty or forty years. Ecopsychology, 1. 

Howard, G. S., Hill, T., Maxwell, S. E., Coulter-Kern, M. & Coulter-Kern, R. (2009). What’s wrong with research literatures? And how to make them right. Review of General Psychology, 13, 146-166. 

Lau, M. Y., Howard. G. S., Maxwell, S. E., & Venter, A. (2009). Does psi exist? A Bayesian approach to assessing psi Ganzfeld data. European Journal of Parapsychology, 24, 5-31. 

Haeffel, G. J. & Howard, G. S. (2010). Self-report: Psychology’s four-letter word. 

Howard, G. S. (2010). A tale of two minds: Psychology and global climate change. Canada Education, 50, 31-33. 

Howard, G. S. & Christopherson, C. (2010). Pluralism: The antidote for fanaticism, the delusion of our age. Journal of Mind and Behavior

Howard, G. S., Maxwell, S. E., Delgado-Romero, E. A., Lau, M., Lundy, R. & Christopherson, C. (2010). Non-significant results: Can’t live with them, Can’t live without them. Journal of Non-significant Results in Education

Howard, G. S. (in press). Fast new world. Ecopsychology. 

Howard, G. S., Lau, M. Y., Lundy, R. & Christopherson, C. (under review). Should two wrongs make a right? A superior test of humans’ psychic ability. 

Swim, J. K., Clayton, S. & Howard, G. S. (under review). Human behavioral contributions to climate change and the psychological and contextual drivers of these contributions. American Psychologist.