Professor of Psychology Emeritus

“Top 6 highlights of my 40 years at UVM: role in (or as) 1) Research (my first love); 2) Faculty unionization; 3) Vermont Conference on Primary Prevention of Psychopathology; 4) Psychology Department Chair; 5) President of Faculty Senate; 6) Reinvention of Psych 1.”

— Justin M. Joffe

  • Assistant Professor, 1969-1970
  • Associate Professor, 1970-1974
  • Professor, 1974-2009.
  • Chair, Department of Psychology, 1992-2000.
  • President, Faculty Senate, 2005-2007.


Research and/or Creative Works

Research grants include principal or co-principal investigator: U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, 1970-171; University of Vermont Faculty Research Award, 1971; U.S National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 1972-1975; U.S. National Institutes of Health, 1973-1974; U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1975-1978; U.S. Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration, 1977; University of Vermont Institutional Grant Fund, 1979-1980; U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 1980-1981; Fulbright Research Fellowship, 1984-1985; F. Hoffmann-LaRoche (Basle, Switzerland), 1984-1990.

Courses taught include: general psychology (Psych 1), research methods, animal behavior, development of sex differences, primary prevention of psychopathology, motivation, nature of human nature, developmental psychobiology, hormones and behavior.


Publication Highlights:

  • Joffe, J.M. (1969) Prenatal determinants of behaviour. Oxford: Pergamon Press.
  • Albee, G.W. and Joffe, J.M. (Eds.) (1977) Primary prevention of psychopathology, Vol. 1: The issues. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England. Third printing as The issues: An overview of primary prevention (1981).
  • Joffe, J.M. and Albee, G.W. (Eds.) (1982) Prevention through political action and social change. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.
  • Bond, L.A. and Joffe, J.M. (Eds.) (1982) Facilitating infant and early childhood development. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.
  • Joffe, J.M., Albee, G.W., and L.D. Kelly (Eds.) (1984) Readings in primary prevention of psychopathology: Basic concepts. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.
  • Albee, G.W., Joffe, J.M., and L.D. Dusenbery (Eds.) (1988) Prevention, powerlessness, and politics: A book of readings. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Kessler, M., Goldston, S.E., and Joffe, J.M. (Eds.) (1992) The present and future of prevention. In honor of George W. Albee. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Joffe, J.M. and Krulewitz, J. (2004, 2005, 2007) Investigating the mind, brain, and behavior: An introduction to psychology (1st, 2nd, 3rd Eds.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
  • Also, numerous major articles.

Awards and Recognition

  • Fellow, British Psychological Society;
  • Chartered psychologist (UK)
  • Chartered scientist (UK)
  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1968-1969
  • Visiting research scientist, Institute of Biology, University of Zagreb, Yugoslavia: United States National Academy of Sciences-Council of Academies of Yugoslavia Scientific Exchange Program, 1980-1981
  • Fulbright Research Scholar, National Institute of Hygiene, Budapest, Hungary, 1984-1985.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Executive council (treasurer) United Academics—AAUP/AFT, 2001-2004
  • Vice president and treasurer, 1974-1987, executive vice president, 1987-2008, Vermont Conference on the Primary Prevention of Psychopathology
  • General editor, Primary Prevention of Psychopathology series, University Press of New England and Sage Publications, 1975-1999
  • Manager for research, Wilson Learning Europe, 1987-1991.
  • Special features editor, Journal of Primary Prevention, 1979-1987
  • Director, Clearinghouse on Primary Prevention Programs, 1980-1987. 
  • Lecturer, University of Witwatersrand, 1962-1963, Birmingham University (England), 1965-1967

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Prenatal determinants of behavior; prevention of mental and emotional disorders; nature of mental “illness;” social, political, economic, and scientific bases of diagnostic systems.


  • B.A., 1959; B.A., 1960; M.A., 1962, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Ph.D., 1965, University of London, England