Professor Albert Bandura

Albert Bandura is the David Starr Jordan Professor Emeritus of Social Science in Psychology at Stanford University. Over almost six decades, Professor Bandura has made innumerable contributions to research in psychology. Bandura’s work has been pivotal in various fields within psychology, which include social cognitive theory, therapy and personality psychology, behaviourism, and cognitive psychology. Bandura is particularly known for his seminal work in developing the social learning theory and the theory of self-efficacy, as well as his landmark 1961 ‘Bobo doll experiment’. Surveys indicate that Bandura is the fourth most-frequently cited psychologist of all time, behind B.F. Skinner, Sigmund Freud, and Jean Piaget. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential psychologists of all time. Professor Bandura has received more than sixteen honorary degrees, including those from the University of British Columbia, Alfred University, the University of Rome, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Salamanca in Spain, Indiana University, the University of New Brunswick, Penn State University, Leiden University, and Freie Universitat Berlin, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Universitat Jaume I in Spain, the University of Athens and the University of Catania. He is the recipient of an Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association, a Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Psychological Science from the American Psychological Foundation, and a Grawemeyer Award for contributions to psychology.