Bernard Weiner, D.Sc., October 21, 2010

Bernard Weiner
B.A., M.B.A. (Chicago); Ph.D. (Michigan); Ph.D. (Honorary) (Bielefeld, Germany; Turku, Finland)

Dr. Bernard Weiner is recognized as one of the world's preeminent authorities on human motivation and emotion. Dr. Weiner's work seeks to account for how people's patterns of thinking influence things like goal-striving, coping with mental debilitation, stigmatization of vulnerable individuals and to adapting to age-and health-related disability. Few theories of motivation and emotion embrace such a broad range of human endeavours.

After obtaining his doctorate in 1963 under the tutelage of one of the leading personality theorists at the time, Dr. Weiner became a professor at the University of California Los Angeles in 1965. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UCLA, a title that few other professors hold in the multi-campus University of California system. He has authored 13 books and published over 200 articles and book chapters in the most important psychology journals in the world. Several have received special recognition and continue to be referenced and cited years after their publication. In one world-class journal, one of Dr. Weiner's articles was the most-cited publication over a 22-year time span, His scholarly accomplishments are all the more remarkable when considered in relation to his outstanding teaching record which was recognized by UCLA in awarding him the highly regarded Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Weiner's pioneering work has contributed to a substantially better understanding of the nature of causal attributions (how people explain causes of events, other's behavior and their own behavior) that lie at the heart of prejudicial attitudes and discriminatory actions. His work also provides a strong framework for innovative treatment interventions to assist individuals to overcome life's challenges.

Dr. Weiner's work has inspired and guided numerous students. In the context of an international research network which includes the University of Manitoba, the University of Munich, the University of California at Irvine and UCLA, Dr. Weiner has collaborated with faculty and students in Manitoba on their research and scholarship. His work has played a major role in the development of students here and around the world.

Widely recognized for his research, Dr. Weiner holds honorary doctorates from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, and Turku University in Finland. He has received the Donald Campbell Research Award from the American Psychological Association and the Palmer 0. Johnson Award from the American Educational Research Association.

Bernard Weiner