Louise Bates Ames

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Louise Bates Ames (29 October 1908 – 31 October 1996) was an American psychologist specializing in child development.[1]


From 1933 to 1950 she worked as a research assistant to Arnold Gesell at the Yale Clinic of Child Development. In 1950 she co-founded the Gesell Institute of Child Development. Active in popularizing psychology, she was a prolific co-author and hosted one of the first television shows on child development. Her work emphasized stages in child development.[2]

She received the Bruno Klopfer Award in 1974.[3]

Ames died of cancer aged 88, at her granddaughter's home in Cincinnati.[4] Her papers are held at the Library of Congress.[5]


  • The first five years of life, 1940
  • Infant and child in the culture of today, 1943
  • The child from five to ten, 1946
  • (with Frances L. Ilg) Child behavior, 1955
  • (with Frances L. Ilg and Arnold Gesell) Youth: the years from ten to sixteen, 1956
  • (with Frances L. Ilg) Parents ask, 1962
  • (with Clyde Gillespie and John W. Streff) Stop school failure, 1972
  • (with Ruth W. Metraux, Janet Learned Rodell and Richard Walker) Child Rorschach Responses: developmental trends from two to ten years, 1974
  • (with Frances L. Ilg and Sidney Baker) Child behavior: from the Gesell Institute of Human Development, 1981
  • Arnold Gesell: Themes of his work, 1989


  1. ^ Julia Grant; Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. "Ames, Louise Bates". In Edward T. James; Janet Wilson James; Paul S. Boyer. Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary. Harvard University Press. pp. 22–3. ISBN 978-0-674-01488-6. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Hogan, John D. (2000). Lawrence Balter, ed. Parenthood in America. ABC-CLIO. pp. 48–50. ISBN 978-1-57607-213-4. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Walker, Richard (July 1999). "Obituary: Louise Bates Ames (1908–1996)". American Psychologist. 54 (7). doi:10.1037/0003-066X.54.7.516. 
  4. ^ Henry Fountain, Louise Ames, 88, a Child Psychologist, Dies, New York Times, Nov. 7, 1996. Accessed 9 June 2013.
  5. ^ David Mathison, Louise Bates Ames Papers: A Finding Aid to the Collection in the Library of Congress, 2010. Accessed 9 June 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ames, 'Louise Bates Ames', in Dennis Thompson & John D. Hogan, eds., A History of Developmental Psychology in Autobiography, 1966
  • Ames, 'Child Development and Clinical Psychology', in Eugene Walker, ed., The History of Clinical Psychology in Autobiography, vol.2, 1993
  • Gwendolyn Stevens and Sheldon Gardner, The Women of Psychology, vol. 2., 1982
  • Richard N. Walker, 'Louise Bates Ames', American Psychologist, 54, July 1999, p. 516

External links[edit]

  • Matthew Pelcowitz, Louise Bates Ames, Psychology's Feminist Voices, 2012. Accessed 9 June 2013.