Peter M. Newton, Ph.D., Emeritus
B.S. Psychology, University of Washington, 1964
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Columbia University, 1969
Dr. Newton taught at Yale, Washington, and UC Berkeley prior to joining the Wright Institute faculty in 1979. He received his postdoctoral clinical training at Yale University, where he worked with Daniel J. Levinson in the creation of his theory of adult psychosocial development. Newton's earliest research went toward the formation of a systems theory of psychotherapy and a socio-psychological theory of the work group. More recently, his research has been biographical in nature, with life-cycle developmental studies of the 18th century English writer Samuel Johnson, W. H. Auden, and Sigmund Freud. He has sponsored doctoral studies of other creative writers and scientists, such as Herman Melville, Edith Wharton, Charles Darwin, and Melanie Klein.
Dr. Newton holds the Diplomate in Clinical Psychology awarded by the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology and is a licensed psychologist. He is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and the Journal of Adult Development. He was a past Dean of the Wright Institute and was an Institute Professor of Psychology from 1987 – 2000.