Richard Pringle

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Richard Pringle
Alma materEckerd College (B.A.)
Kansas State University (M.S., Ph.D.)
Scientific career
FieldsRelational psychology, peace studies
InstitutionsGoucher College
InfluencesJean Baker Miller
Carol Gilligan

Leslie Richard Pringle is an American psychologist and professor. Pringle holds the Henry S. Dulaney Professorship of Psychology and is affiliated with the peace studies program at Goucher College. He researches the psychology of community service and relational psychology in line with relational cultural theory.

Early life and education[edit]

Pringle was raised in working class family in Florida.[1] He was a first-generation college student and had intended to study physics before shifting to psychology after taking a class with a charismatic professor.[1] He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972 from Eckerd College, then called Florida Presbyterian College. He completed an undergraduate thesis entitled The Novels Of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: A Study Of Belief.[2] In 1977, Pringle completed a Master's of Science degree at Kansas State University. He wrote a Master's Thesis under advisor Thaddeus M. Cowan entitled Mental Transformations Of Possible And Impossible 4-Cornered Tori.[3] He earned a Doctor of Philosophy at Kansas State University in 1979 under the same advisor. His dissertation was entitled Perceived Number Equivalence By Adults And Children: A Normalization Model Of Size-Density Coordination.[4] While completing his graduate degrees, Pringle subscribed to a scientific and quantitative version of psychology.[1]


Pringle joined Goucher College in 1979 as an assistant professor where he taught courses using quantitative frameworks including statistics and research methods. His original view of psychology, which considered "healthiness to be rooted in autonomy" began to shift due to the introduction of feminist theory to the field in the 1970s and 80s. Regarding his new take on psychology, Pringle cites the influence of feminist critiques introduced by his students and researchers including Carol Gilligan and Jean Baker Miller.[1][5][6] He later continued to assess his philosophy on psychology and came to agree with relational cultural theory. In 1990, he was an associate professor and chairman of the faculty.[7] In 1996, Carol Gilligan did a residency at Goucher and Pringle discussed his thoughts on the importance of relationships in the classroom, to which Gilligan suggested he call it relational psychology.[1] As of 2018, Pringle holds the Henry S. Dulaney Professor of Psychology and is affiliated with the peaces studies program at Goucher College.[1][5]


Pringle researches relational psychology.[8] He has studied the psychology of community service and mentoring since 1985.[9] In 2015, Pringle conducted a study with psychology professor and associate dean Janet Shope on the Goucher College community's feelings towards sexual assaults.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Englund, Molly (June 18, 2019). "The reinvention of Rick Pringle". Goucher Magazine. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  2. ^ Pringle, Leslie Richard (1972). The novels of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: a study of belief (Thesis). OCLC 28137517.
  3. ^ Pringle, Leslie Richard (1977). Mental transformations of possible and impossible 4-cornered tori (Thesis). Kansas State University. hdl:2097/11651.
  4. ^ Pringle, Leslie Richard (1979). "Perceived Number Equivalence By Adults And Children: A Normalization Model Of Size-density Coordination". ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. ProQuest 302912841.
  5. ^ a b "Goucher College 2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog". Goucher College. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Professor Emerita Jean Bradford, 1935 to 2016". In The Loop. Goucher College. January 13, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Maryland Colleges Searching For Qualified Students". The Star-Democrat. August 6, 1990. Retrieved April 21, 2018 – via
  8. ^ "Center for Psychology Faculty". Goucher College. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  9. ^ M., Lerner, Richard (2014). University-Community Collaborations for the Twenty-First Century : Outreach Scholarship for Youth and Families. Simon, Lou Anna K. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis. ISBN 978-1317731337. OCLC 870226829.
  10. ^ Brustein, Rachel (October 23, 2015). "Professors report Campus Climate Survey data". The Quindecim. Retrieved April 21, 2018.