Feist, Gregory J

Feist, Gregory J

Professor, Psychology


Preferred: greg.feist@sjsu.edu


Preferred: 408-924-5617

Office Hours

TH 12-1pm, Dudley Moorhead Hall 313

Professor of Psychology, with a focus in Personality and Adult Development.  


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology, University of California-Berkeley, 1991
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Univ Of Massachusetts at Amherst, Massachusetts, 1985


Feist is currently Professor of Psychology at San Jose State University. He was also on the faculty at the College of William & Mary and the University of California at Davis. He received his PhD in 1991 from the University of California at Berkeley and his undergraduate degree in 1985 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Feist is widely published in the psychology of creativity, the psychology of science, and the development of scientific talent. One major focus of his is to establish the psychology of science as a healthy and independent study of science, along the lines of the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. His major efforts toward this end are: publishing a book entitled Psychology of Science and the Origins of the Scientific Mind (2006, Yale University Press), which was awarded the 2007 William James Book Prize by the Division of General Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA); being founding president of the newly formed “International Society for the Psychology of Science and Technology”;  being the founding Editor-in-Chief of a new peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Psychology of Science & Technology; and co-editing Handbook of Psychology of Science (Springer Publishing). In 2022, Feist was awarded SJSU's College of Social Science Faculty Research Award--the Warburton Prize. 

A second major focus of his research program is the identification and development of scientific talent, as seen in finalists of the Westinghouse and Intel Science Talent Search. His paper (co-authored with Frank Barron) “Predicting creativity from early to late adulthood: Intellect, potential, and personality” won Article of Year for 2003 in Journal of Research in Personality. His research in creativity has been recognized by an Early Career Award from the Division for Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (Division 10) of American Psychological Association (APA). Feist is Past-President of APA’s Division 10, and he served on the Editorial Boards of Review of General Psychology, and Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts.

Feist is also co-author of the textbooks Theories of Personality (McGraw-Hill), Psychology: Perspectives and Connections (McGraw-Hill), and Fundamentals of Psychology: Perspectives and Connections (McGraw-Hill).

His teaching efforts have been recognized by outstanding teaching awards at both UC Berkeley and UC Davis.