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Leonard Saxe

Leonard Saxe

Leonard Saxe is a social psychologist whose work broadly concerns how individuals are influenced by their social environments. More specifically, his work includes a variety of evaluative and policy focused studies of education, mental health issues, psychological testing, and the development of Jewish identity.

Professor Saxe is author or editor of nearly 250 publications. In 1989, he was awarded the American Psychological Association’s prize for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Early Career), and he has been a Science Fellow for the United States Congress and a Fulbright Professor at Haifa University in Israel. Professor Saxe is also involved in a variety of Jewish communal activities and is a member of the Board of Governors of Haifa University.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Political Psychology
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity


  • Bar-Tal, D., & Saxe, L. (Eds). (1978). Social psychology of education: Theory and research. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Saks, M. J., & Saxe, L. (1986). Advances in applied psychology (Vol. 3). Hilsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Sales, A. L., & Saxe, L. (2004). How goodly are thy tents: Summer camps as Jewish socializing experiences. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.
  • Saxe, L. (1980). The efficacy and cost-effectiveness of psychotherapy. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.
  • Saxe, L., Cross, T., Silverman, N., & Batchelor, W. F. (1987). Children's mental health: Problems and treatment. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Saxe, L., Dougherty, D., & Cross, T. (1983). The validity of polygraph testing: A research review and evaluation. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.
  • Saxe, L., & Fine, M. (1981). Social experiments: Methods for design and evaluation. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Journal Articles:

  • Goldenberg, V., & Saxe, L. (1996). Social attitudes of Russian immigrants to the United States. Journal of Social Psychology, 136(4), 421-434.
  • Saxe, L. (2002). The Israel connection and American Jews. American Jewish History, 90(2), 185-188.
  • Saxe, L. (1991). Lying: Thoughts of an applied social psychologist. American Psychologist, 46(4), 409-415.
  • Saxe, L., & Ben-Shakhar, G. (1999). Admissibility of polygraph tests: The application of scientific standards post-Daubert. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 5(1), 203-223.
  • Saxe, L., & Cross, T. P. (1997). Interpreting the Fort Bragg Children's Mental Health Demonstration Project: The cup is half full. American Psychologist, 52(5), 553-556.
  • Saxe, L., Kadushin, C., Beveridge, A., Livert, D., Tighe, E., Rindskopf, D., Ford, J., & Brodsky, A. (2001). The visibility of illicit drugs: Implications for community-based drug control strategies. American Journal of Public Health, 91(12), 1987-1994.

Other Publications:

Leonard Saxe
Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center
for Modern Jewish Studies
Brandeis University, Mailstop 014
Waltham, Massachusetts 02454-9110
United States

  • Phone: (781) 736-3952
  • Fax: (781) 736-3929

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