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Richard Noll, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Noll, DeSales University

Dr. Richard Noll , Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology Program
Dooling 251
610-282-1100 ext. 1268

Dr.  Noll is a clinical psychologist and historian of medicine. He is best known for his publications in the history of psychiatry, including two critical volumes on the life and work of Carl Gustav Jung and his books and articles on the history of dementia praecox and schizophrenia. Dr. Noll is also known for his publications and fieldwork in anthropology on shamanism. His books and articles have been translated into fourteen foreign languages and he has delivered invited presentations in nineteen countries on six continents.

Dr. Noll conducted anthropological fieldwork on Siberian Tungus (Oroqen and Ewenki) shamans in Manchuria and Inner Mongolia in the People’s Republic of China in 1994.  All visual media, fieldwork notes and other supporting correspondence and documents from that project became part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution's Human Studies Film Archives in October 2014. Recently he conducted fieldwork among Mongol shamans and Buddhist lamas in Mongolia in the Ulaanbaatar region and in the eastern Gobi near Sainshand. Also, at the invitation of Mongolia’s Minister of Education and Culture, in June 2017 Dr.Noll delivered a presentation on “Shamanism and the Cognitive Science of Religion” at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences in Ulaanbaatar.

Book Awards

2012 – American Madness: The Rise and Fall of Dementia Praecox chosen for the BMA Medical Book Award, Highly Commended in Psychiatry, by theBritish Medical Association.

2012American Madness: The Rise and Fall of Dementia Praecox chosen for the Cheiron Book Prize by Cheiron, the International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences. 

1995 -- The Jung Cult: Origins of a Charismatic Movement chosen for the award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Psychology of 1994 by the Association of American Publishers.

Courses Taught at DeSales

Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Spiritual Experience
Seminar: Mind, Medicine, Madness
Behavioral Genetics
Seminar: Evolutionary Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Social Psychology
Human Development
Child Psychopathology
Values Seminar: Psychology 


Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Noll

Curriculum vitae:  https://richardnoll.academia.edu/cv

Full texts of publications:  https://desales.academia.edu/RichardNoll

Google Scholar page:  https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=zbrtCwgAAAAJ&hl=en