Scott E. Maxwell
Matthew A. Fitzsimons Professor of Psychology
One of the foremost quantitative psychologists in the nation, Scott E. Maxwell has consistently produced some of the most important studies in the areas of research methodology and applied behavioral statistics (i.e., the statistical analysis of psychological data). He recently served as the editor of Psychological Methods, the premier journal in the field, and has co-written an influential graduate-level textbook on experimental design.
At Notre Dame, Maxwell is prized as much for his teaching as for his international reputation. A legendary psychology professor, his statistics course is considered a “rite of passage” for psychology graduate students, known for being as compelling as it is demanding.
Maxwell chaired the Department of Psychology from 1991 to 1994, and again from 1995 to 1998. Before coming to Notre Dame in 1982, he taught at Duke University and the University of Houston. He is a fellow of both the American Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association.
The Fitzsimons Professorship was endowed by Notre Dame Trustee and parent Fritz L. Duda as part of the Sorin Chair of Excellence Program. Through this program, he and his wife Mary Lee have established professorships in each of Notre Dame’s colleges and schools. This position honors Matthew Fitzsimons, a member of the history faculty from 1937 until his death in 1992.