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Jack Martin

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

Theory, History, and Philosophy of Psychology; The Psychology of Personhood; Social, Developmental Psychology; Socio-cultural Psychology; Educational Psychology; Psychotherapy; Narrative and Biographical Psychology; Creativity


Burnaby Mountain Professor of Psychology

History, Quantitative, and Theoretical Psychology, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University

Selected, Recent Publications:


Martin, J., Sugarman, J. & Slaney, K. L. (Eds.). (2015). Wiley handbook of theoretical and philosophical psychology: Methods, approaches and new directions for social science. Chichester, England: Wiley Blackwell.

Martin, J., & McLellan, A. (2013). The education of selves: How psychology transformed students. New York: Oxford University Press.

Martin, J., & Bickhard, M. H. (Eds.). (2013). The psychology of personhood: Philosophical, historical, psychological, and narrative perspectives. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Kirschner, S., & Martin, J. (Eds.). (2010). The sociocultural turn in psychology: The contextual emergence of mind and self. New York: Columbia University Press.

Martin, J., Sugarman, J., & Hickinbottom, S. (2010). Persons: Understanding psychological selfhood and agency. New York: Springer.

Martin, J., Sugarman, J., & Thompson, J. (2003). Psychology and the question of agency. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Martin, J., & Sugarman, J. (1999). The psychology of human possibility and constraint. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Hoshmand, L.T., & Martin, J. (Eds.). (1995). Research as praxis: Lessons from programmatic research in therapeutic psychology. New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University.

Martin, J. (1994). The construction and understanding of psychotherapeutic change: Conversations, memories, and theories. New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University.

Selected Chapters in Books

Martin, J. (2015). Positioning ourselves within practices and within the human condition. In B. Wagoner, N. Chaudhary, and P. Hviid (Eds.) Niels Bohr Professorship Lectures in Cultural Psychology, Vol. 2—Integrating experiences: Body and mind moving between contexts. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Martin, J. (2014). Psychologism, individualism, and the limiting of social context in educational psychology. In T. Corcoran (Ed.), Critical educational psychology (pp. 167-180). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 

Martin, J., & Gillespie, A. (2013). Position exchange theory and personhood. In J. Martin & M. H. Bickhard (Eds.), The psychology of personhood: Philosophical, historical, social-developmental, and narrative perspectives (pp. 147-164). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Martin, J., & Bickhard, M. H. (Eds.) (2013). Introducing persons and the psychology of personhood. In J. Martin & M. H. Bickhard (Eds.), The psychology of personhood: Philosophical, historical, social-developmental, and narrative perspectives (pp. 1-18). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Sugarman, J. H., & Martin, J. (2011). Persons acting in worldly context. In R. Frie & W. Coburn (Eds.), The challenge of individuality: New perspectives in psychoanalytic contextualism (pp. 71-88). New York: Routledge.

Martin, J. (2010). Self-concept as persons’ understanding and evaluation of their own actions and experiences: Looking backward and forward from where we are. In T. Urdan & S. Karabenick (Eds.), Advances in motivation and achievement, Vol. 16 (pp. 167-198). Bingley, UK: Emerald Books.

Martin, J., & Martin, N. (2010). Rousseau’s Émile and educational legacy. In R. Bailey, D. Carr, & R. Barrow (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of philosophy of education (pp. 85-98). London: Sage.

Martin, J., & Failows, L. (2010). Executive functioning: Theoretical concerns. In J. Carpendale, G. Iarocci, U. Müller, B Sokol, & Young, A. (Eds.), Self- and social-regulation: Exploring the relations between social interaction, social cognition, and the development of executive functions (pp. 35-55). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Martin, J. (2008). Perspectival selves and agents: Agency within sociality. In R. Frie (Ed.), Psychological agency: Theory, practice, and culture (pp. 97-116). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Martin, J. (2008). Perspectives and persons: Ontological, constitutive possibilities. In U. Müller, J. Carpendale, N. Budwig, & B. Sokol (Eds.) Social life and social knowledge: Toward a process account of development (pp. 43-64). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Martin, J. (2006). Social cultural perspectives in educational psychology. In P. Alexander & P. H. Winne (Eds.), Handbook of educational psychology (2nd edition) (pp. 595-614). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Martin, J., Sugarman, J., & Hickenbottom, S. (2003). The education of persons in multicultural Canada. In F. Pajares & T. Urdan (Eds.), International perspectives on adolescence (pp. 1-24). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishers.

Martin, J., & Sugarman, J. (2003). A theory of personhood for psychology. In D. Hill & M. Kral (Eds.), About psychology: Essays at the crossroads of history, theory, and philosophy (pp. 73-88). Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Martin, J., & Sugarman, J. (2002). Agency and soft determinism. In H. Atmanspacher & R. Bishop (Eds.), Between chance and choice (pp. 407-424). Thorverton, England: Imprint Academic. [Reprinted in 2007.]

Selected Articles in Refereed Journals

Martin, J. (2016). Ernest Becker and Stanley Milgram: Twentieth century students of evil. History of Psychology, 19, 3-21. doi.org/10.1037/hop0000016

Martin, J. (2015). A unified psychology of the person? New Ideas in Psychology, 38, 31-36. 

Martin, J. (2014). Losing the person. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 34, 200-204.

Martin, J. (2014) Ernest Becker at SFU (1969-1974). Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 54, 66-112. doi: 10.1177/0022167813479672

Gillespie, A., & Martin, J. (2014). Position exchange theory: A socio-material basis for discursive and psychological positioning. New Ideas in Psychology, 32, 73-79. 

Martin, J. (2013). Revisiting Ernest Becker’s psychology of human striving. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 53, 131-152.

Martin, J. (2013). Life positioning analysis: An analytic framework for the study of lives and life narratives. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 33, 1-17.

Martin, J. (2012). Agent causation and compatibilism reconsidered: The evolutionary and developmental emergence of self-determining persons. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 19, 161-175.

Stone, J. E., Carpendale, J. I. M., Sugarman, J., & Martin, J. (2012). A Meadian account of false belief understanding: Taking a non-mentalistic approach to infant and verbal false belief understanding. New Ideas in Psychology, 30, 166-178.

Martin, J. (2012). Coordinating with others: Outlining a pragmatic, perspectival psychology of personhood. New Ideas in Psychology, 30, 131-143. 

Maraun, M., Gabriel, S., & Martin, J. (2011). The mythologizing of regression towards the mean. Theory & Psychology, 21, 762-784.

Sugarman, J., & Martin, J. (2011). Theorizing relational being. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 24, 283-289.

Martin, J., & Sokol, B. (2011). Generalized others and imaginary audiences: A neo-Meadian approach to adolescent egocentrism. New Ideas in Psychology, 29, 364-375.

Martin, J. (2011). The interactivist social ontology of persons: A descriptive and evaluative synthesis, with two suggestions. Axiomethes, 21, 173-183.

Martin, J., & Gillespie, A. (2010). A neo-Meadian approach to human agency: Relating the social and the psychological in the ontogenesis of perspective coordinating persons. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 44, 252-272.

Martin, J., Sokol, B. W., & Elfers, T. (2008). Taking and coordinating perspectives: From pre-reflective interactivity, through reflective intersubjectivity, to meta-reflective sociality. Human Development, 51, 294-317.

Martin, J., & McLellan, A. (2008). The educational psychology of self-regulation: A conceptual and critical analysis. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 27, 433-448.

Martin, J. (2007). Educating communal agents: Building on the perspectivism of G. H. Mead. Educational Theory, 57, 435-452.

Martin, J. (2007). Interpreting and extending G. H. Mead’s ‘metaphysics’ of selfhood and agency. Philosophical Psychology, 20, 441-456.

Martin, J. (2007). The selves of educational psychology. Educational Psychologist, 42, 79-89.

Martin, J. (2006). Re-interpreting internalization and agency through G. H. Mead’s perspectival realism. Human Development, 49, 65-86.

Martin, J. (2005). Perspectival selves in interaction with others: Re-reading G. H. Mead’s social psychology. The Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 35, 231-253.

Martin, J. (2005). Real perspectival selves. Theory & Psychology, 15, 207-224.

Martin, J. (2004). The educational inadequacy of conceptions of self in educational psychology. Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, 35, 185-208.

Martin, J. (2004). What can theoretical psychology do? Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 24, 1-13.

Martin, J. (2004). Agency, self-regulation, and social cognitive theory. Educational Psychologist, 39, 135-145.

Martin, J. (2003). Emergent persons. New Ideas in Psychology, 21, 85-99.

Dawda, D., & Martin, J. (2001). Psychologists on psychology:  The inquiry beliefs of psychologists by subdiscipline, gender, and age. Review of General Psychology, 5, 163-179.

Martin, J., & Sugarman, J. (2001).  Interpreting human kinds:  Beginnings of a hermeneutic psychology. Theory & Psychology, 11, 193-207.

Martin, J., & Sugarman, J. (2000). Between the modern and the postmodern:  The possibility of self and progressive understanding in psychology. American Psychologist, 55, 397-406.

Martin, J., & Sugarman, J. (1999). Psychology’s reality debate:  A “levels of reality” approach. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 19, 177-194.