Professor of Psychology
Email: mgroth at wagner.edu
A.B., Franklin and Marshall College
Ph.D., Fordham University
Dr. Groth was recently interviewed about his writings on Heidegger on the website Ereignis: LINK
Current Research Interests:
My current interests include the psychology of being male, especially the experience of boyhood and the transition to manhood (www.boyhoodstudies.com). I also continue to study the influence of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger on all areas of intellectual life, including clinical psychology. My research in psychology is qualitative and interdisciplinary, including anthropology and world literature. Psychology is undergoing an extended identity crisis as we try to determine whether psychology is a natural science, a social science, or one of the humanities (a human science).
Outlook on Teaching and Psychology as a Liberal Arts Discipline:
I identify myself with the Third Force (humanism) in psychology, including existential and phenomenological perspectives. While we may profitably study human experience in relation to the workings of the brain and nervous system (neuroscience), the influences of the environment on how we act (behaviorism), and unconscious mental life (psychoanalysis), there is always something left over in human experience that none of these three approaches can grasp. That is the uniquely human dimension of our experience, which we cannot ignore when we attempt to understand our ourselves. Even though we are similar to animals in many ways, there are aspects of human life that, in principle, cannot be reduced to the materialistic concepts of genetics, physiology, and instincts. In my classes I stress the historical background of the questions raised by psychologists, including issues related to the meaning of mind, mental health, psychological distress, psychotherapy, psychodynamics, and observable behavior. In higher level courses I emphasize the importance of each student’s independent position on topics under discussion. Students are introduced to the full range of theoretical positions, schools of thought, and outlooks on human experience and behavior so that they can eventually make intelligent choices among points of view that best explain what puzzles psychologists and causes us to continue our study and research.
Australian Institute for Men’s Health and Studies
Editor, New Male Studies: An International Journal
Last updated: August 2011