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Dean Keith Simonton, American psychology professor. Recipient Excellence award Mensa Adn. and Research Foundation, 1986, 2009, Francis Galton award International Association Empirical Aesthetics, 1996. Theatrical Innovation prize, Society Personality and Society Psychology, 2004, President award National Association for Gifted Children, 2007, E. Paul Torrance award, National Association for Gifted Children, 2010.


Simonton, Dean Keith was born on January 27, 1948 in Glendale, California, United States. Son of Dean Clarence Simonton and Laverne (Merkobrad) Williams.


Bachelor in Psychology magna cum laude, Occidental College, 1970. Master of Arts in Social Psychology, Harvard University, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy with distinction, Harvard University, 1975.


Assistant professor psychology University Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1974-1976. From assistant professor to professor University California, Davis, 1976—2004, distinguished professor, since 2004. Consultant Wissenschaftzentrun, Berlin, 1979, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1983, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels, Belgium, 1980-1981, Department Defense, Washington, 1983, Creative Problem Solving Institute, 1984, Arvin Perlmutter, Inc., 1992, Milken Family Foundation, 1994, Templeton Foundation, 2002.



Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Society, American Association Applied and Preventive Psychology, American Psychological Association (member-at-large 1979-1982, president psychology and the arts division 1985-1986, Rudolf Arnheim award Outstanding Contribution to Psychology and the Arts, 1996, George A. Miller award 1997, William James Book award, 2000, Robert S. Daniel Four Year College/University Teaching award, 2006, matter lecturer, 2009, president-elect, general psychology division since 2010). Member Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi.


Married Susan Youel, June 21, 1971 (divorced 1982). Married Melody Boyer, December 29, 1984 (divorced 2004). Married Karen Horobin, March 20, 2005.

Dean Clair Simonton Williams

Laverne (Merkobrad) Williams

Susan Youel

Melody Boyer

Karen Horobin