Professor and Director of MA Program


Lisa identifies as a general psychologist, an unfamiliar classification in the current culture of increasing specialization. Her doctoral program encouraged her to engage all areas of psychological research and the research process itself (methodology) with interest and a critical eye. She has always been most interested in the class of activities traditionally identified as "cognitive" and "rational." However, her approach is to explore the many ways these are comingled with and enabled by intuition, emotion, and social positioning strategies. She is seeking ways of articulating how these various functions of the acting person work together in practice. With colleagues Nancy Nersessian and Wendy Newstetter at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Kareen Malone at West Georgia, Lisa recently has been working on developing a deeply integrative approach to the study of scientific reasoning and innovation. Lisa has a longstanding interest in the philosophy of science, philosophy of cognition, and in the history of ideas about mind and psychological functioning. She has been a visiting Fellow in the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, and visiting research faculty in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Lisa's teaching interests include personality theory, history and philosophy of psychology, and research methods.

Education / Degrees

  • B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan,
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Michigan State,
  • PhD, General Psychology, Georgetown University,
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Spring 2018 Sections

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • PSYC-7600 (Personality and Motivation) Section: E01

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • PSYC-3900 (Personality Theories) Section: E05
    • PSYC-3900 (Personality Theories) Section: E03
    • PSYC-3900 (Personality Theories) Section: E02
    • PSYC-3900 (Personality Theories) Section: E01
    • PSYC-3900 (Personality Theories) Section: E04

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • PSYC-3900 (Personality Theories) Section: E03
    • PSYC-3900 (Personality Theories) Section: E01
    • PSYC-3900 (Personality Theories) Section: E02

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • PSYC-4030 (Hist & Philosoph of Psychology) Section: E01
    • PSYC-4030 (Hist & Philosoph of Psychology) Section: E02

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • PSYC-3900 (Personality Theories) Section: E02
    • PSYC-3900 (Personality Theories) Section: E01
    • PSYC-7600 (Personality and Motivation) Section: E01
  • Publication List

    Osbeck, L. (2009). Transformations in cognitive science: Implications and issues posed. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. Vol 29(1), Spr 2009, 16-33

    Chandrasekharan, S. and Osbeck, L. (in press). Rethinking Situatedness: Environment structure in the time of the common code. Theory and Psychology.

    Osbeck, L., Malone, K., & Nersessian, N. (2007). Dissenters in the sanctuary: Expanding frameworks in 'mainstream' cognitive science. Theory and Psychology. Special Issue: Critical Engagement with Mainstream Psychology, 17(2), 243-264.

    Tissaw, M. & Osbeck, L. (2007). Introduction, Special Issue: Reflections on critical engagement with mainstream psychology. Theory and Psychology. 17(2), 155-168.

    Osbeck, L. & Nersessian, N. (2006). The distribution of representation. Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, 36(2), 141-160.

    Osbeck, L. and Robinson, D. (2005). Philosophical theories of wisdom. In R. Sternberg & J. Jordan (Eds.), A handbook of wisdom: Psychological perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 61-83.

    Osbeck, L. (2005). Method and theoretical psychology. Theory and psychology, vol. 15(1), 5-26.

    Reber, J. & Osbeck, L. (2005). Social psychology: Key issues, assumptions, and implications. In B. Slife, J. Reber, and F. Richardson (Eds.). Critical thinking about psychology: Hidden assumptions and plausible alternatives. Washington, DC, American P

    Osbeck, L. (2005). Instinct, primitive cognition, and the transformation of 'intuition. In A. Mulberger and B. Gomez-Zuniga (Eds), Recent contributions to the history of the human sciences : Proceedings of the 21st Annual conference of the European Soc

    Osbeck, L. (2004). Asperger syndrome and capitalist social character. Critical Psychology 11, 50-67.

    Machamer, P. and Osbeck, L. (2004). The Social in the Epistemic. In P. Machamer and G. Wolters (Eds.), Values, science and objectivity, University of Pittsburgh Press.

    Machamer, P. & Osbeck, L. (2003). Scientific Normativity as Non-Epistemic: A Hidden Kuhnian Legacy. Social Epistemology 17(1), 3-11.

    Machamer, P. and Osbeck, L. (2002). Perception, conception and the limits of the direct theory. In L. Hahn (Ed.), The Philosophy of Marjorie Grene. The Library of Living Philosophers, Vol. XXIX. Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company, pp. 129-146.

    Osbeck, L. (2002). Hypothesis testing behavior (Book review article). International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, vol. 16 (2), 187-190.

    Osbeck, L. (2001). Direct apprehension and social construction: Revisiting the concept of 'Intuition.' Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, v. 21 (2), pp. 118-131.

    Malone, K. and Osbeck, L. (2001). Is gender a meaningful category? Psychologie in Oesterreich, 4, p. 302-306.

    Clegg, J., Sheard, C., Cahill, J., and Osbeck, L. (2001). Severe intellectual disability and transition to adulthood. British Journal of Medical Psychology, v. 74, 151-166.

    Osbeck, L. (2001). New party, still potluck? (Book review article). Theory and Psychology, vol. 11(3), 443-447.

    Machamer, P. and Osbeck, L. (2000). The new science of learning: mechanisms, models, and muddles. THEMES in Education, vol. 1.

    Osbeck, L. (1999). Conceptual problems in the development of a psychological notion of 'intuition'. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 29,3, 229-249.

    Osbeck, L., Perreault, S., and Moghaddam, F. (1997). Similarity and attraction among majority and minority groups in a multicultural context. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 21, 1, 113-123.

    Osbeck, L. (1995). Social constructionism and the pragmatic standard revisited: A reply to Botschner. Theory and Psychology, 5, 153-157.

    Osbeck, L. (1993). Social constructionism and the pragmatic standard. Theory and Psychology, 3, 337-349.

    Osbeck, L. (In press). The critical place of personalism: Comments on Stern and the special issue. In press, New Ideas in Psychology

  • Other Information

    Influential Works

    The Republic (Plato) Confessions (Augustine) Sentences (Ockham) Rules for the Direction of the Mind (Descartes) An Inquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense (Thomas Reid) Critique of Pure Reason (Immanuel Kant) On Certainty (Ludwig Wittgenstein) The Tacit Dimension (Michael Polanyi) Experience and Nature (John Dewey) The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception (J. J. Gibson) The Mentality of Apes (Wolfgang Kohler) Insight (Bernard Lonergan) The Intuitive Sources of Probabalistic Thinking in Children (E. Fischbein) Book of Hours (Ranier Maria Rilke) The Stranger (Albert Camus) Dream Songs (John Berryman) Return of the Native (Thomas Hardy)