Albert Bandura, PhD

Stanford University


Dr. Albert Bandura is the single-most cited scientist of all time and a foremost authority on motivation, learning, performance, and behavior change. He is the originator of social cognitive theory and leading authority on self-efficacy, social modeling, reciprocal determinism, and aggression. Dr. Bandura is especially well-known for his Bobo doll experiment, a modeling research study that demonstrated children’s ability to learn through observation and imitation. Dr. Bandura has also served as President of the American Psychological Association in 1974 and American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) fellow in 1980.

Dr. Bandura is the recipient of many awards, including the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology (2004), the American Psychological Foundation’s Gold Medal Award for distinguished lifetime contribution to psychological science (2006), and the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology (2008), the National Medal of Science (2016).